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Steps for an Appliance Change

Gather all supplies you need (or may need).

1-2 towels A disposable bag. Some use the tan colored ones that sometimes come with the supplies.  Others use ziplock bags.  Sometimes I use a plastic grocery bag.It is just a matter of preference. Warm, wet washcloth, dry washcloth Wipes,  4×4 gauze, etc…whatever you find to work […]

PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF AN OSTOMY

Rehabilitation of a person with an ostomy is a complex process that requires the comprehensive, concerted efforts of not only the health care team but family, friends, and the community as well. Competence in the physical aspects of ostomy care enhances psychologic adjustment. Advance planning ensures that nurses will address those issues that foster […]

ON THE SHORT SIDE

By Kathy Ward, Admin Asst, UOAA July 2015

A lot of questions come in to me at National Office about leakage and how to apply a bag. For everyone it’s different. What works for me doesn’t necessarily work for others. However, by the responses I received from callers, I can give you a few tips […]

FAIR

By Debbie Hull: UOAA Update July 2015

The following article is available in I’d like To Buy A Bowel Please! by Barbara Elsagher.

As a new ostomate, I attended my local ostomy support group and shortly afterward started receiving newsletters and other information. I got a flyer on an upcoming Appliance Fair. I assumed it […]

VITAMIN D HELPS ELDERLY AVOID FRACTURES

UOAA Update July 2015

Preventing broken bones as you age could be as easy as popping a vitamin D pill just three times a year. It’s especially important to prevent bone thinning and fractures in the elderly. In fact, breaking the hip can even cause death in many elderly people — due to an in […]

SUCCESSFUL AGING

By Grace Lynch: UOAA Update July 2015

Images of older people pumping iron, teaching ids to read, building homes for the homeless, surfing the net and tap dancing are abound in the media today. Whether they’re selling vitamins or vacations, today’s images of older people are a welcome substitute for stereotypes of the past. The […]

A LOOK AT SCIENCE BEHIND MEDITATION

By Judy Foreman, The Boston Globe:UOAA Update July 2015

For decades, open-minded patients and doctors have been touting the medical benefits of meditation, an ancient practice that come in hundreds, of not thousands, of different flavors, but consists basically of quieting the mind through contemplation, prayer, or focusing on something simple, such as breathing.

Dr. […]

IS IT HEARING TEST TIME?

UOAA Update July 2015

Do crowds make you grumpy? Do you avoid noisy restaurants, even when the food is great? Are you beginning to suspect that there’s a widespread mumbling conspiracy afoot?

You may be suffering from an invisible disability that’s the third most common health problem in the United States, afflicting 30 percent of […]

HOW TO MANAGE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

UOAA Update July 2015

Your blood pressure is one of the most important components to your health and one of the most manageable. Referring to the force of the blood pushing against the walls of the arteries, our blood pressure naturally fluctuates with various daily activities like running or sleeping. When the pressure is too […]

HOW TO GIVE YOUR HDL A BOOST

UOAA Update July 2015

More than ever, the most recent government guidelines emphasize the health benefits of having a good HDL level. It’s harder to raise levels of this “good” cholesterol than it is to lower the “bad” kind, but there are some things you can do. Get Aerobic Exercise: The longer and harder you […]

ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE SLEEPING AS YOU GROW OLDER?

UOAA Update July 2015

How much sleep do older people need? Most of us need about eight hours of sleep at night to feel fully alert when we’re awake. Many things can get in the way of sleeping well or sleeping long enough. As we get older, we might have more trouble sleeping.

What sleep […]

HELPFUL HINTS FOR SWIMMING

UOAA Update July 2015

Summer is here and you know what that means. More family trips to the beaches, lakes, pools, etc. Swimming is a great way to have fun, exercise and cool off. Having an ostomy should not stop you from relaxing in the water, going for a swim or enjoying other water sports. […]