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The Ohio Federation of Republican Women

 
Women's Health and Safety
Chair: April Cohagen-Gibson,  The Muskingum County Women's Republican Club
<span helvetica="><span helvetica=" helvetica=" helvetica"="">Co-chair Cynthia BlakeFederated Republican Women Summit County
 
 
 
 
 

 Women’s Health & Safety

 April Cohagen - Gibson

 Volume #3

 April 2019

 

 Parkinson’s Disease ~

 

 The month of April recognizes many health issues for women nationally. One of the most disheartening to deal with is Parkinson’s disease whether the individual themselves   have been diagnosed or a family member has. This disease comes on with very few symptoms and is very difficult to diagnose. The individual or the family member may feel as if it is just the stages of the “aging” process. 

 

Some of the stages or symptoms can be tiredness, depression, the speech may become softer and slurred. Could be an experience of  loss of expression on their face and begin to forget words or simple tasks. They may experience poor posture and balance that may cause falls which can lead to bigger health issues. Another symptom is called “resting” tremor, which is an involuntary movement from contracting muscles. The individual could experience a slight shaking of the hands or even one finger. This symptom is the most prominent. Another symptom may be stiffness of the neck, leg or arm making movement back and forth difficult. 

 

The individual may not even be the one who notices the changes. Many times, it is family members and friends of the individual who notice the ever so slight changes. These symptoms may come and go, and the individual may feel as if they are feeling the onset of arthritis or cramps. If these symptoms persist, contacting the family physician is the best option. 

 

Besides the medication at the recommendation of the family physician, there are natural treatments and/or remedies that can make the daily activities more bearable. Make sure to always move with caution and not at a quick pace. This may cause unnecessary falls which can lead to other medical issues such as broken bones and even death. Stretching every morning and a couple of times during the day can prevent stiff muscles. If exercising, make sure it is slow paced and gentle such as water aerobics or low impact yoga. 

 

Those individuals affected by Parkinson’s disease are usually at the average age of 60 and can go on with a life expectancy of 20-25 years if no other major health issues exist. The individual may have trouble with day to day activities, but most can manage the condition with medication from their family physician and the above natural remedies. 

 

It is important to make sure to communicate with family, friends and the family physician on any symptoms that may be occurring. Time is of essence, so a proper diagnosis can occur, and treatment and activities can be put in place so that the individual whom has been diagnosed with the Parkinson’s disease can continue to lead a productive life. 

 

 

Health & Safety

February 2019

 

Winter months bring on different challenges for us, one of which includes the cold weather that we usually face during the months of January and February. The Ohio region is subject to varies weather conditions such as warm and rainy to cold and snowy. The region is not accustomed to the bitter cold conditions that we are experiencing. There is a health hazard that is affiliated with the bitter cold – Frostnip and Frostbite.

These conditions can be misunderstood and if left untreated, could cause loss of limb or even death. Frostnip can occur when the exposed skin is subject to windy and cold conditions. The most vulnerable body parts affected by but not limited to is – fingers, toes, nose, cheeks, ears, and chin. Do not make the mistake in thinking that only exposed skin could be affected. Covered areas with gloves, scarves, hats and thick socks can become victims of frostnip as well.

There are three (3) stages of frostnip/frostbite and the severity depends on how deep the skin is affected. The first or early stage affects the top layer of skin and will appear pale or discolored. It will feel numb and cold. The sensation to touch is decreased with a possible burning sensation. The second stage shows that the affected area is going deeper into the muscle tissue. The skin becomes tighter to the touch and appears waxy. Once the skin thaws, small blisters form on the affected area. The most advanced stage is the affected area goes into the muscle and bones with the skin turning hard with either blue or black coloration.

If you believe you may be affected in this bitter cold weather, there are steps you can take to recover quickly. Get out of the weather elements and remove any wet and cold articles of clothing. Run warm water (Not hot) over the affected area until you see the skin returning to a normal condition. At first, the skin may turn red, however, if you feel a bit of itching with pins and needles, it means the circulation is returning to the area. You may not have access to warm water or able to get out of the elements. When at all possible, use your own body heat. Place your hands under your arm pits or cover your ears, nose face with your hands. Do not rub the affected area as the touch sensation is diluted from the elements and you may injure yourself further.  If the above process does not bring the affected area back to its normal condition, emergency medical care is necessary.

There are ideal ways that you can dress to protect yourself from frostnip. Dress in layers that fit you loosely. This allows your body heat distribute and to get around. The first layer should be a material that helps keep you dry. The second layer should fit comfortably over the layer closest to your body and act as an insulator such as fleece or wool. The last layer should lay over all layers loosely and be wind and waterproof.

If you follow these clothing tips and limit your outside activities for less than 10 minutes, you will not have frost nipping at your nose.  Be safe and stay warm.

Respectfully,

April Cohagen – Gibson, Chair

Health and Safety

Ohio Federation Republican Women