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Bouman: Understanding Long-Term Care

on November 8, 2015 - 7:56am
Alpine Financial Planners

Addressing the potential threat of long-term care expenses may be one of the biggest financial challenges for individuals who are developing a retirement strategy.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 percent of people over age 65 can expect to need long-term care services at some point in their lives.  Understanding the various types of long-term care services and what those services may cost is critical as you consider your retirement approach.

Long-term care is not a single activity.

How Frequent And Proper Handwashing Can Help Beat Cold And Flu Season

on November 8, 2015 - 7:53am
Chief Nursing Officer, LAMC

As fall is upon us, so is flu season – a time of year when between five and 20 percent of people living in the United States suffer from the contagious disease.

This means now is the time to:

  • Get your flu vaccine; and
  • Recommit to good health habits, like frequent and proper handwashing.

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each and every year.

WALKER: Discovering The Inside Story

on November 7, 2015 - 11:36am
A technologist prepares a patient for an MRI. Courtesy photo

The week of Nov. 8-14 is National Radiology Technology Week. This week-long celebration calls attention to the important role medical imaging plays in patient care and health care safety.

This week is especially important to the imaging field as it commemorates the discovery of the x-ray by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen Nov. 8, 1895.

Los Alamos Medical Center is home to a multi-disciplinary group of Radiologic Technologists.

Just For Grins Pediatric Dentistry Grand Opening And Candy Buy-Back Event Saturday

on November 6, 2015 - 8:43am
Just for Grins Pediatric Dentistry at 2101 Trinity Dr., Ste. P. in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
Just for Grins Pediatric Dentistry invites the community to a Grand Opening and Candy Buy-Back Event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2101 Trinity Dr., Ste. P.
The event will feature music, face painting, give-aways and a strolling magician.
This is an opportunity for the kids of our community to make a few dollars, spare their teeth the added sugar, and to support our troops!

LAVNS Hosts 20th Annual Hospice Memorial Service

on November 5, 2015 - 3:07pm
Community members gather at Sunday's LAVNS Hospice Memorial Service at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
Roaring Jelly, a local Irish band provided music Sunday's memorial event. Photo by Jennifer Bartram
Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Hospice hosted its 20th Annual Hospice Memorial Service Sunday, Nov. 1 at Fuller Lodge. 
The memorial brings together family, friends and staff members to remember those whom we have loved and lost over the past year.

LACC Recognizes Los Alamos Girls Soccer Teams

on November 4, 2015 - 4:24pm

Los Alamos Council on Cancer President Amy Woods presents a certificate of appreciation to the Los Alamos Girls Soccer Varsity and Jr. Varsity teams Oct. 27 at Sullivan Field in Los Alamos. The athletes have raised $1,440 over the last two years during the 'Breast Cancer Awareness' Campaign in which they collected contributions from people in the bleachers during games. The donations will be used in communicating support services and programs directed at aiding cancer victims. The organization is actively looking for ways to increase awareness in young people particularly about Breast Cancer.

Council Proclaims Nov. 13 ‘Pancreatic Cancer Day’

on November 4, 2015 - 8:35am

On behalf of the Los Alamos County Council, Councilor Steven Girrens, right, presents a proclamation to Gloria Cordova with her husband Dan Cordova Tuesday evening proclaiming Nov. 13 ‘Pancreatic Cancer Day’. Cordova was diagnosed with the disease in February, had surgery in March and is beating it. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Gloria Cordova speaks about being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and beating it and encourages everyone to live life with a grateful heart. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

The Los Alamos County Council Tuesday evening proclaimed

Letter To The Editor: Los Alamos Residential Care Options Vs Overlooked ‘Inbetweeners’

on November 2, 2015 - 2:11pm
Los Alamos
“Los Alamos Retirement Community” sounds like a wide-reaching organization, but do you really know which residents are helped by the live-in facilities available in Los Alamos, and which are not helped, are not eligible, or fall into the “inbetweener” category? You may think you know, but this is my ongoing experience.

Los Alamos Retirement Community’s live-in care options are Aspen Ridge Assisted Living, and Sombrillo Rehab and Nursing Home.

New Study: Mammograms Reduce Deaths From Breast Cancer

on October 30, 2015 - 12:09pm


Health experts currently don’t agree on exactly when, and how often, women should have mammograms.

But findings from a new study provide data to help inform each individual’s choices.

The study began when Norway kicked off a breast-cancer screening program in 1995. Health officials invited all women age 50 and older to have a mammogram every other year.

The way they did it, though, offered scientists an interesting chance to assess the effect.

Because women in some counties received invitations before others, it was possible to track not only the effect of having

Understanding Urinary Incontinence

on October 30, 2015 - 12:06pm


What is urinary incontinence (UI)?

UI is the loss of urine control, or the inability to hold your urine until you can reach a restroom.

According to the National Association for Continence, approximately 25 million adult Americans experience temporary or chronic urinary incontinence. UI can strike at any age. Women over age 50 are the most likely to develop UI although men can be affected as well.

Urinary incontinence may be a temporary condition, resulting from an underlying medical condition.