Dateline January - March 2019 - Page 12

Independent School District 622 2520 E 12th Ave North St Paul MN 55109 651-748-7250 Gladstone 55+ Program NON PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID TWIN CITIES MN PERMIT NO. 4263 Hours Monday–Friday 8:00 am–3:30 pm Program Staff Cheryl Gysbers Coordinator Francine Evans Meals on Wheels Specialist Christopher Cook Receptionist Mary Kay Olson Program Clerk Program Mission To enhance the quality of life of adults by promoting, sponsoring and coordinating programs and services that advocate for independence and well-being. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. It is called the “sneak thief of sight” since there are no pain or symptoms until vision begins to be lost. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing. Glaucoma can occur in one or both eyes and anyone can develop it at any time. Once diagnosed, treatments with medicine or surgery will save remaining vision, however vision that has already been lost can not be restored. The best form of prevention for Glaucoma and other eye diseases is routine comprehensive eye exams. If you notice any vision loss, see an eye doctor immediately. February is American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day is February 1, 2019 • • • • On average, someone dies of cardiovascular disease every 40 seconds. That is about 2,200 deaths each day. On average, someone in the US has a stroke every 40 seconds. This is about 795,000 new or recurrent strokes each year. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds. Up to 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. Take control of your health by knowing your ive numbers: Total Cholesterol, HDL (good) Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar and Body Mass Index (BMI). Knowing these numbers can help you and your healthcare provider determine your risk for developing cardiovascular diseases. March is National Nutrition Month See Meals on Wheels article on Page 2.