Nighttime dialysis available
Fresenius Medical Care North America, a national network of dialysis facilities, has launched a nighttime dialysis program in Edmond. Patients can undergo treatment while sleeping overnight at the Edmond center.
Night dialysis provides the same treatment daytime patients are used to, a news release notes, but it is administered over a longer period. A major benefit is that patients have their days free to pursue their normal activities.
Dialysis removes waste products from blood and cleans waste products associated with failed or failing kidneys.
“Most patients on daytime dialysis receive treatments three times a week for three to four hours at a time,” the release states. “In nighttime dialysis, patients typically receive treatments three times a week, but for about eight hours at a time.
“When dialysis is provided over a longer period, fluids are removed more slowly, which results in a more gentle treatment for most patients. Studies also suggest that nighttime dialysis patients may be able to better control their blood pressure and mineral levels, resulting in fewer dietary restrictions, which allows them to eat a wider variety of foods.”
Fresenius Medical Care Edmond, which is certified by Medicare, is at 301 Katie Michelle Boulevard. For more information, call 341-9926.
Free informative events begin at 8:30 a.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the network's Kidney Care Dialysis location, 13901 McAuley Blvd., Room 200, in Oklahoma City. For more on those meetings, call toll-free, (877) 867-7543.
Exercise for body and mind
Exercising regularly can “reduce stress, boost self-esteem, improve sleep, and ward off anxiety and feelings of depression,” according to Life Fitness, a leading manufacturer of gym-quality exercise equipment.
Physical activity causes the body to release endorphins — chemicals that alleviate feelings of pain and make you feel better. The chemicals are responsible for what is often called “runner's high,” the euphoria and positivity that spur athletes to greater heights and leave them feeling good when their workouts are over.
Life Fitness offers these tips for making the most of your body's stress-relief system:
“Go for moderate exercise that you enjoy. To make sure you reap the most mood-boosting benefits, work out regularly instead of sporadically. If you begin working out with exercises you enjoy, you are less likely to skip your workouts. Try biking, dancing, power walking or jogging on the treadmill to start. More good news: weight training can be as effective as an aerobic exercise in elevating your mood. Aim for two to three days a week of resistance training using machines, cables or dumbbells.”
Endorphins aren't the only benefit of regular activity. “Exercise strengthens the heart, increases energy levels, lowers blood pressure, and improves muscle tone and strength. Just glancing in the mirror and seeing results will keep a pep in your step all day.”
Make fitness friends. Folks who exercise regularly tend to be less nervous, stressed and tense. That may make them into ideal friends. Joining a gym or group fitness class allows you to interact with people in a positive, active environment. Try taking up a sport again — play pickup basketball games or gather your friends for a flag football game. Go dancing; it's a great aerobic exercise. All are fun, social ways to get in motion and build relationships.
Retirement center gives back
Touchmark at Coffee Creek wants to say thank you to the social workers in our community. As part of national Social Worker Appreciation Month, the retirement community in Edmond will provide dinner March 5 to social workers and their families.
Touchmark Chef Timothy Stiltz will prepare a freshly cooked hot meal for social workers to pick up after work. Two entree options are available: lemon pepper white fish or grilled chicken breast. Dessert is coconut cream pie.
Reservations with choice of entree are needed by noon Thursday. To reserve a dinner, call 340-1975 or fax 340-1451.
“Social workers are a vital part of our community,” Touchmark Executive Director Melissa Mahaffey said in a news release. “They compassionately serve seniors, children and families throughout the community, and we honor them and their many contributions.”
Touchmark is located at 2801 Shortgrass Road in Edmond. For more information, visit www.TouchmarkEdmond.com.