Defeating Arthritis Pain and Suffering

Arthritis pain and suffering is a serious epidemic that affects millions of Americans.  It's a condition that affects more than 46 million U.S. adults - and the number is expected to increase to 67 million by 2030. No matter the type, the pain can be debilitating and affect an individual’s overall function, preventing them from doing the things in life they enjoy most. 

The question behind all types of arthritis that we need to ask is WHY?  Why do joints become inflamed?  For all those who suffer with arthritis, it is important to understand why this occurs.   

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.02.2014

NCH's Gala Raises over $145,000

More than 300 people turned out for North Coast Health’s annual Celebration of Caring gala in late August 28 at LaCentre in Westlake.  Over $145,000 was raised through the event, which represents 10% of the organization’s operating budget and will be used to continue the life-saving care that NCH provides to the medically underserved.

"We are touched by the faithful support we have received through this event," says NCH Executive Director Lee Elmore. "Despite the many changes transforming our nation’s health care system, the need for our services continues.  With the financial help of our community, we are able to continue to see those who need us most.”

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:49 AM, 10.04.2014

Cleveland Clinic to Launch Initiative in West Park

Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital has teamed up with the City of Cleveland and several community partners to offer a new wellness program called “Be Well West Park.” The program will kick off an adult wellness challenge at the West Park YMCA on Wednesday, October 1, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

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Volume 2, Issue 4, Posted 11:43 AM, 10.04.2014

Tri-C’s Brain Lecture Series Addresses Addiction

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) will investigate issues of addiction at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Septemper 17. This event is part of an education lecture series - The Year of the Brain -  taking place this year at Westshore Campus. The series includes brown bag lunch discussions and interactive evening lectures.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:36 AM, 09.03.2014

“Year of the Brain” Series Continues

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will extend its “Year of the Brain” lecture series into fall semester, given the success of the free program last year.

The series is based on "Charlie Rose: The Brain Series on PBS", which explores the final frontier of neuroscience research while examining current advances in brain science.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:35 AM, 09.03.2014

Aging Gracefully

“Age matters only when one is aging.” -- Pablo Picasso

Millions of older adults are concerned about aging gracefully and maintaining vitality.  Exercise is a key element of aging gracefully while simultaneously maintaining positive self-esteem and a productive, vigorous, and healthy lifestyle.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:38 AM, 09.03.2014

Happiness Is Being a Caregiver

Being a caregiver may not be the most glamorous job, but it can be one of the most rewarding. Although not without its challenges, caregiving offers a way to enrich someone’s life. A deep sense of gratification comes from knowing that you are providing a service that can help improve someone else’s life. It can be worthwhile assisting a senior on their journey through life at a time when they might need a little help.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:40 PM, 09.03.2014

Sleep Trouble Can Take Years Off Your Life!

Did you know that there are over 80 classifications of sleep disorders?  Sleep problems add an estimated $15.9 billion to national health care costs.   It continues to amaze me how many people suffer with sleep trouble.

Before we jump to taking a sleep aid, it is important to ask the question “Why?”  What would cause someone to experience sleep trouble?

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 7:32 PM, 09.03.2014

Poor Memory – Or Is It All in Your Head?

Some people seem to be born with a great memory while others seem to struggle. How well we remember things makes a huge difference in how well we do in school and even how successfully we navigate life.

Recall, or remembering, should be the fourth R, after the three “Rs” of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Remembering what we learn is essential, but we don’t get instruction about how to do it.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, Posted 9:30 AM, 09.03.2014

Vacation Raffle to Support North Coast Health

Buy a chance to win North Coast Health’s Summer Vacation raffle. The winner of the raffle can choose between a seven-night, all-inclusive package, including airfare, to the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic or a four-night golfing package at The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, including rounds of golf, airfare and rental car.  The winner may also select a $3,500 travel voucher to Independence Travel in lieu of these travel experiences. 

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 8:42 PM, 08.06.2014

Do You Get Dizzy or Lightheaded When You Stand or Sit Up Fast?

 So you get up fast and feel a little lightheaded or a little dizzy. You think nothing of it because it goes away in a few seconds. Do you really think this is normal? It’s not! This is far from normal and can indicate some serious health issues. 

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 1:46 PM, 08.07.2014

HealthSpan's Summer Safety Tips

During summer, accidents happen everywhere and we aren’t just talking about on the freeways. They are right in your backyard- literally. From pools to bikes and trampolines or even summer chores, injures this time of year are common. "With a few good rules of thumb and a couple preventative measures, nearly everyone should be able to enjoy their summer injury free," says Aaron Smith, MD, Interim Chief, Emergency Medicine for HealthSpan.

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Volume 2, Issue 2, Posted 8:39 PM, 08.06.2014

Tips For Lustrous Summer Hair

Hot weather and water recreation affect the look of your hair, but with some simple strategies you can stay looking great all summer long.

Cut away seasonal blahs and split ends. As a hair stylist and color instructor, I see that clients' hair grows fastest in summer months. A refreshed style that’s well maintained will be easier to manage over time. If you’re washing your hair more often due to increased sweating or a greasy feeling, consider using a natural-based, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, and try a clarifying shampoo and deep conditioner once weekly.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:55 PM, 07.03.2014

Dad Makes Kids Proud

A Rocky River family of five celebrated with a healthier dad on Father’s Day.

David Gabe, 47, of Rocky River wrapped up Fairview and Lakewood Hospital’s 8-week fitness challenge in June by tying for third place after saying goodbye to almost 20 pounds. He suffered from chest pains and acid reflux, and his family was concerned about his health. His wife encouraged him to compete in the Adult Fitness Challenge to kick start a better lifestyle. “The challenge was the kick in the pants I needed to make some healthy changes,” Gabe said. “I feel as though it was a chance to change my life in ways that were long overdue.”

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 6:07 PM, 07.03.2014

Local Residents Advocate Suicide Awareness

Jane Lewins provided oral testimony to the Ohio Senate Education Committee Hearing on the Jason Flatt Act (HB 543) in November 2012. She was part of the push to have a bill passed that requires teachers, counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, and administrators in Ohio schools to receive training in youth suicide awareness and prevention. 

Jane shared her own powerful story of how she was impacted by the unexpected suicide of her 18-year-old son, Micah Kellen Lewins, in January 2011. Jane described how the overwhelming support of the Rocky River community and the legacy of her son’s vibrant life have propelled her into working in the field of surviving suicide loss.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 5:57 PM, 07.03.2014

Heartburn: More Serious Than you May Think

Your body is an amazing machine. It has the ability to change the chicken you just ate into liver cells, heart cells, muscle cells, etc. This action is completed by your amazing digestive system. Your entire body lives and dies by how well you are able to break down and utilize what you eat. If this is affected in any way, you could be looking at a long history of health-related problems.

In my many years of practice, I have seen many people suffering from digestive problems, the most common being heartburn.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 6:11 PM, 07.03.2014

Women & Hormones What Your Doctor Might Not Be Telling You!

Do you struggle with PMS, menopause, endometriosis, irregular cycles, fertility challenges, and painful periods?  If so, you’re not alone.

Many women can relate to incapacitating cramping, heavy bleeding and abdominal bloating. The conventional medical approach is medication and potential surgery, but believe it or not those remedies deal with the symptoms, not the actual problem.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:56 PM, 06.04.2014

A Senior Get-Away

The Rocky River Senior Center opened on February 8, 1989 and has been a pleasant and busy hub of activity ever since. The building features a senior-friendly, open floor plan and a 300-seat auditorium. The Center offers a variety of senior services and activities.

It is a place for seniors to come and spend the day…to make new friends, learn, exercise, laugh, create, listen, shop, lunch, volunteer, and more.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:52 PM, 06.04.2014

Welsh Home Hosts National Convention

This year marks the 97th Anniversary of the Annual Women’s Welsh Clubs of America National Convention.  The Welsh Home will be host to all Welsh Clubs in the U.S. on June 18. The facility staff will showcase the pride and joy of goodness and the caring culture of the organization.  We invite the residents of Rocky River, Lakewood, Bay Village, Fairview Park, Westlake, North Olmsted, and surrounding communities to experience the culture of the Welsh traditions on June 18 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Appetizers and refreshments will be served on the front porch overlooking the pond.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 12:54 PM, 06.04.2014

Walk to Remember

Residents of Rocky River, Fairview Park and surrounding communities are encouraged to join the third annual Walk to Remember at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Honorary Chair for the event is Monica Robins, Senior Health Correspondent at WKYC TV Channel 3. Sponsored by FirstMerit Foundation, the event will be held Sunday, June 8, from 8 a.m. to noon.  Helping to kick off the Walk will be the Burning River Roller Girls, Cleveland’s first all-female, skater-owned, flat-track derby league.

Over 2,000 participants are expected to enjoy the leisurely walk through the zoo while celebrating the memory of their loved ones. The event benefits patients and families cared for by Hospice of the Western Reserve, including home care patients and those being cared for at nursing and assisted living facilities in the Rockport area.

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Volume 1, Issue 12, Posted 5:05 PM, 06.05.2014

Girls With Sole LULA Celebrates Fifth Year

Rocky River-based non-profit Girls With Sole is providing the tools for girls who have experienced abuse of any kind, or who are at-risk, to "Lace Up for A Lifetime of Achievement" (LULA)!  By offering a curriculum that provides weekly fitness and wellness programs, as well as free running shoes, sports bras, journals and entrance into races, the organization helps girls to be empowered and gives them the confidence to believe in themselves and their abilities. 

"It's a natural source of anger management and channels their energy toward something that is positive while also building confidence and leadership skills," says founder and executive director Liz Ferro, a former foster child and abuse surviver turned thriver who has completed 25 marathons and 5 Ironman Distance Triathlons.

At 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 8, the non-profit will celebrate it's fifth year with it's annual 5K run and 1 mile walk and the newly added 5 mile run, at Beachcliff Market Square, 19300 Detroit Road in Rocky River.

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Volume 1, Issue 10, Posted 2:50 PM, 04.02.2014

Keeping Our Brains Healthy

Experts are now saying we need to exercise our brains. When we think of staying fit, we often think from the neck down. But the health of your brain plays a vital role in almost everything you do - from working and reading to simple everyday tasks. There are a few things we can do to keep our brains healthy and sharp.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 12:12 PM, 03.04.2014

Diabetes Alert Day!

Do  you know your numbers? One in four people has pre-diabetes, a condition that puts you at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. There are no clear symptoms of pre-diabetes, so you may have it and not even know. The first and most important step is to know your numbers - studies show that treatment with modest lifestyle changes can often return blood sugar levels to normal and lower the risk for developing diabetes by at least 58%.

On March 26, screenings will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Wasmer Auditorium of Lakewood Hospital. No registration is required for this free event.  For more information, call 216-529-5312 or contact

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:30 PM, 03.04.2014

Free Lecture Hosted by Lakewood Hospital: The Power of Stress Relief

Stress. We all have it and many times struggle with the question, “What can I do?”  Receive expert insight on Wednesday, March 26, at the free Lakewood Hospital hosted lecture, “The Power of Stress Relief”.  The featured speaker is Cleveland Clinic Center for Lifestyle Medicine behavioral health specialist, Jane Ehrman, M.Ed, CHES.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:32 PM, 03.04.2014

New Name: North Coast Health

North Coast Health Ministry has changed its name to North Coast Health, in response to patient and consumer feedback on how to communicate our services to the community more effectively. “Our board decided to shorten our name to bring more clarity to our role as a provider of medical care,” said North Coast Health Executive Director Lee E. Elmore.

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Volume 1, Issue 9, Posted 3:11 PM, 03.04.2014

“Peacemakers” Donate more than 3,000 Quilts to Cancer Patients

The Peacemakers quilting group at Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church in Bay Village has been making quilts for local cancer patients since 1998. Recently, the women celebrated an important milestone – the finishing of their 3,000th quilt.

Every Thursday morning, local women meet in a classroom at the church to make 40x60 inch quilts – each one with a unique pattern. The quilts are donated to cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation at the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center at Fairview Hospital.

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 2:29 PM, 02.06.2014

Cold Weather Senior Safety

As winter approaches, it is important to be aware of the dangers cold weather has on seniors. Low temperatures can not only make you feel miserable but they can also make you sick. It is critical to know the warning signs associated with hypothermia.

Seniors lose body heat faster than when they were younger. The chill they feel can be dangerous and turn into hypothermia quicker than in a younger person. Hypothermia occurs when your body temperature drops below 95 degrees.

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 3:57 PM, 02.05.2014

Fairview Hospital Completes Final Phase of Construction

Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital completed the final phase of construction on its new $83 million emergency department and intensive care unit expansion. The new building opened in June of last year after more than two years of construction. On December 31, Fairview opened a new spacious main lobby and concourse that connects easily to the rest of the hospital. Several groups gathered to celebrate the opening with the raising of the flag on a new flagpole donated by the hospital’s Auxiliary Board.

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Volume 1, Issue 8, Posted 11:00 AM, 02.06.2014

Compeer Support--There When You Need It

The Compeer Program at Far West Center is a nonprofit affiliate of Compeer, Inc. Compeer assists adults on their journeys of recovery from mental illness - these journeys as unique as the individuals traveling them.  We aspire with these adults to achieve lives of meaning, purpose and happiness.  This is accomplished, in part, through providing opportunities to help overcome tendencies toward isolation, to strengthen social skills, and to connect to social networks.  Compeer serves western Cuyahoga County, including Rocky River and Fairview Park.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 10:04 AM, 01.08.2014

Training at Synergy Strength Systems

Synergy Strength Systems was born out of the passion for human athletic performance and the sheer love of the fitness lifestyle. Helping others realize their goals and building better lives through the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle is what drives us.

Synergy, by definition, means many parts working together in harmony to create a whole. This is our philosophy on fitness and development. We believe that true fitness is a body that is useful, strong, mobile, and energy efficient.  Every muscle fiber must have a purpose and contribute to functional movement for sports, for health, and for everyday physical activities. We do what works according to your needs, abilities, and goals by using the most direct path to success.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 12:53 PM, 01.07.2014

Skating Our Way Back in Time

One of the most memorable and well-known pastimes throughout the winter is ice skating. I am almost positive every person has some childhood memory that has to do with lacing up those skates and taking that first step out onto the ice. It was a perfect way for families to spend time together, without breaking the bank.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 12:51 PM, 01.07.2014

Your Health Care: How a Lawyer Can Help

At this time of year, with the hustle and bustle of decorating and the holidays over, I hope you’ll take some moments to reflect upon the important things in life.  And invariably, our health is the basic building block of our lives.

I know nobody who wouldn’t trade the decorations, the food, and the gifts for just a little more time — with family and friends.  Even those lawgivers who founded our country put health in its proper place when they said, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”.  Life comes first.  And without health, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness are impossibilities.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 12:47 PM, 01.07.2014

Fit in Fairview: Kick off the New Year in a Healthy Way

Fit in Fairview is an eight-week fitness program open to Fairview Park adult residents. Non-residents are also welcome. Participants learn to develop healthy exercise and eating habits, and get incentives to keep up with the program.

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Volume 1, Issue 7, Posted 12:44 PM, 01.07.2014

NCHM Partners with First Federal Lakewood for Holiday Drive

North Coast Health Ministry is partnering with First Federal Lakewood to conduct a toiletry drive this holiday season for NCHM’s low-income, medically underserved patients.  Needed items include toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, lotion, pocket-size facial tissues, etc.  Trial- and travel-size products as well as full-size items are welcome. No contribution is too small and every little bit helps! 

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Volume 1, Issue 6, Posted 1:14 PM, 11.27.2013

Chiropractic Care and Seniors

When I was 16 years old, the instructor of my religion class asked how long I wanted to live. I stated that 80 years old sounded like a good life. He then said, so at 80 years old and one day, you’d be willing to accept death freely. I said heck no! His question was life altering. It made me really think not only about how long I truly wanted to live, but also about exactly how healthy I wanted to be – how active I wanted to remain – how much and how long did I want to “enjoy” life, no matter the longevity I would be blessed to have. Thus started my obsession and my career in Chiropractic Care.

There are many benefits and advantages available to seniors through chiropractic care, including pain relief, increased range of motion, increased balance and coordination, decreased joint degeneration, increased health and wellbeing, and decreased incidence of falling.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 4:30 PM, 10.30.2013

Living with Dentures

The loss of your teeth can be a very difficult transition.  Whether due to trauma or disease, the loss of even one tooth can effect your ability to eat and communicate and can significantly effect your confidence and happiness.  Fortunately, there are options to replace missing teeth, ranging from fixed bridges to implants to removable partial and full dentures. The restoration and replacement of missing teeth can help to restore function and improve your quality of life. 

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 4:42 PM, 10.30.2013

Fairview Park Resident Celebrates One-Year Match with Compeer Volunteer

Steve has been a lifelong resident of Fairview Park, has solid bowling skills and enjoys bike riding.   He has many interests such as sports, history, music, and trying new dining experiences.  Steve manages a mental illness that resulted in a loss of confidence along with depression and a feeling of isolation from his community.  In August 2012 Steve agreed to be matched with a new volunteer in the Compeer Program at Far West Center, Dr. Ron Arndt, for a Compeer friendship match. 

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Volume 1, Issue 4, Posted 5:15 PM, 10.03.2013