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Dizzy Days?

Are you dizzy? Feel unsteady or have ringing in your ears? Do you have difficulty riding in the backseat of  a car? Is it difficult to walk a straight line or balance on one foot? You may have a vestibular problem.  These symptoms can be caused by an inner ear problem, pathology in the neck, Menier’s Disease, labyrinthitis or benign parosysmal positional vertigo. 
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Elders' Fear of Falling

Elders' fear of falling may not be just a fear during the winter months.

As elders prepare for the winter months, sometimes the cold weather can be enough to slow  anyone down. Generally, if someone has fallen or injured themselves, they develop a fear of doing it  again. While it is okay to fear injury and make yourself aware of your surroundings, what most people  don’t realize is they will limit their physical activity more than just increasing their awareness. This in  turn can cause you to actually lose your muscles because “If you don’t use them you lose them!” Your  risk of falling is increased as your balance and mobility decrease. Some ways to stay active when it’s  cold outside is to exercise in your favorite chair at home or exercise at your kitchen counter. 

Some Tips for at home exercise: 
1.) Tai Chi videos  
2.) Use Strength Bands  
3.) Chair exercise videos (All available through the Injury Prevention Program) 
4.) Practice NOT holding on to furniture and the wall while walking through your house 

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Health Fair Results

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma held their 70th SemiAnnual General Council Meeting at the  AST Little Axe Health Center on November 10, 2012. The Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System, AST  Tribal Programs and visiting health booths had a great time visiting and meeting AST Tribal members  and their families, while providing health information and screening. According to evaluation results  the Health Fair and Fun/Run Walk was a success. Thank You for the opportunity for allowing the Health  Departments and others to share important health information. 

AST Fall Health Fair Evaluation Results 
Nov 10, 2012 
N = 62 

1. How would you rate the health fair in general?  

a. Excellent = 78%  
b. Fair = 19%  
c. Poor = 3%

2. Do you plan on making any personal health changes as a result of what you learned  today or screening that was provided to you?  

a. Yes = 63%  
b. No = 37% 

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New Clinic Hours for Shawnee and Little Axe Clinics

Beginning on Dec. 31st, there will be new clinic hours for both clinics. The Shawnee  Clinic will be open 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. The Little Axe  Clinic will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Both clinics  will continue to be closed on the first and third Wednesday afternoons from 12:00 pm to  5:00 pm for staff meetings, conferences, and trainings. The pharmacies will only be  closed on the first Wednesday afternoons but will remain open on the third Wednesday  afternoon. These changes were necessary due to the lack of patients requesting the early  morning times in Little Axe and the later times at both clinics. We appreciate all of you  for understanding the changes we are making. We welcome five new employees to the clinic staff. In Little Axe we have a new  Behavioral Health Director and a new counselor. Dara Thorpe is our new director. She  has been with the tribe before and we welcome her back. We know she is going to be a  great asset to the department and has already made so many terrific changes and we have  seen great progress since she came on board last month. Our other new employee in that  department is Cindy Honeycutt.
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Diabetes is a controllable disease

 Many people are diagnosed with diabetes everyday. When first diagnosed some go through a  range of emotions.  Some experience anger, denial, or depression, while others refuse to let diabetes define them.  

Like everything we set our minds to and try to overcome, diabetes requires hard work and patience.  Just ask Cynthia White , Absentee Shawnee Tribal Member, about the changes she has made to help her control diabetes.  Here is her story... 
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Stop Diabetes

Are you at risk for diabetes, have diabetes or know someone who does?  Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes and affects millions of Native Americans. Many people are unaware that they have diabetes or  pre-diabetes. Native Americans are twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than others. Some common signs and symptoms include:
•  Frequent infections
•  Blurred vision
•  Cuts/bruises that are slow to heal
•  Tingling/numbness in the hands/feet
•  Recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections
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Pharmacy News, November 2012

Visit our new, convenient drive-thru at the Little Axe location for refill drop off or pick up!! 
  • As of January 1, 2012, Oklahoma State Law mandates that a current, state issued photo ID be on file for both the patient and the representative picking up for EVERY fill of ANY controlled medication. 
  • Deliveries of controlled medications will no longer be allowed.
  • Both Shawnee and Little Axe pharmacy locations fill prescriptions for members of all tribes, but outside prescription orders are restricted to Absentee Shawnee Tribal citizens with established charts.   
  • If you would like to receive a text message to your cell phone when your medications are ready for pick-up, please alert the pharmacy staff and provide us with a current cell phone number.     
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Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health Update

This past month has been a very great month for all the health programs. We have be reorganizing some of the programs and adding a few more benefits for the tribal members. In the Shawnee Clinic, Dr. Walsh is a part time internal medicine physician who is slowly building up her practice. Because of this, there are many patients still waiting to get appointments and because of the need for another provider, we are going to add a full time physician in Shawnee. We are currently advertising for medical providers and hope to have someone hired by the end of the year. This will help to add more patients to the Shawnee location and have a full time medical provider in the Shawnee Clinic that help with the patient load currently being carried by Stacy Curtis, PA. Once we get a physician hired, we will make sure to announce this in the tribal newsletter.

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Herb Roasted Turkey with Mushroom Gravy

Recipe brought to you by the AST Diabetes and Wellness Program.  Click to view the flyer
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Music for the Future

Each and every day we get up and do all the things we need to do to prepare for the start of our new day. Such as take a shower, brush our teeth, comb our hair, shave, and get dressed. How many of us sing a little song or take a small amount of time to play an instrument like the piano or guitar or just set back and enjoy the beauty of music. Music appreciation is one method that can relax you from a long day at work or school and is a real life changing tool.

I work with elders and their grandchildren have told them that music has changed their lives & helped them to make a hard day easier and a more enjoyable day. Studies have shown that children that have music in their lives have a much better attitude in school and at home. Child care and children’s health vol.7 October 5, 2012

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