Better Brain Activity Through Un-Focused Time

Think a stronger brain means hours of Sudoku or brain training? Nope. There’s a part of your brain, referred to as the Default Mode Network, that while at rest helps you retrieve memories, link to better creative thinking and can help you feel more connected. The good news is that the best way to tap into this part of your brain is to rest, relax and effectively “do nothing”.

According to Harvard Health here are some great ways in which to activate the “unfocus” network of your brain;

Napping: If, for example, you are dog tired in the mid-afternoon, and just need your mind to be clear, a 10-minute nap might be all you need for sharper thinking. But if you have a major creative project ahead of you, whether it is an innovative idea at work, or redecorating your house, you will need at least 90-minutes of napping time. This gives your brain enough time to shuttle around ideas to make the associations that it needs to make.

Positive constructive daydreaming (PCD): It’s hard to imagine daydreaming as a type of training, but it is. It has to be the right type of daydreaming. According to Jerome Singer, who has studied this for decades, slipping into a daydream is not of much use; neither is guiltily rehashing everything that makes you feel bad — like the expense you incurred when you bought the shoes you liked, or the one-too-many drinks that you had at a party. But there is a type of daydreaming that will make you more creative and likely re-energize your brain. Called positive constructive daydreaming (PCD), it is best done while you are engaged in a low-key activity, not when you are fading. And as opposed to slipping into a daydream, which is more like falling off a cliff, you must parachute into the recesses of your mind with a playful and wishful image — perhaps one of you lying on a yacht or floating on your back in a pool on vacation. Then comes the swivel of attention — from looking outside, to wandering inside. With this move, you engage your unfocus brain and all the riches that it can bring.

Physical exercise and free-walking: In the brain, thinking supports movement, and movement supports thinking. In fact, exercise improves your DMN function. It normalizes it in obese people (who have too much of it) and increases connectivity in young healthy people. Even a single session can make a difference. Aerobic exercise can help prevent atrophy of key regions within the DMN, and also help the connectivity between different regions too. Walking does boost creative thinking, but how you walk matters. One year of walking boosts the connections between the different parts of the DMN too. In 2012, psychology professor Angela K. Leung and her colleagues tested three groups of people. One group walked around in rectangles while completing a mental test; one group walked around freely; and the last group sat down while taking the test. The free-walking group outperformed the other two groups. Other studies have shown that free-walking results in improvements in fluency, flexibility, and originality of thinking. So if you want to boost your creativity, go on a meandering hike on a safe path less traveled. Furthermore, walking outdoors may be even more beneficial than puttering around the house (unless you’re using PCD, of course!)

So go ahead, skip all the cognitive high-jinx and take a walk, a cat nap or a day dreaming excursion. Your brain (and stress levels) will thank you.

Broad Street can help. We provide Personal Assistants who can help manage overall healthcare and awareness. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources and doctors to help answer questions or identify areas of concern. We provide home care in Wilmette, the North Shore area of Chicago. For more information, please call 847.728.0134.

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Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is a condition you want to get in front of as soon as you can. Aside from the necessary therapies to help alleviate the condition, the long term landscape for individuals and their families is a serious consideration when it comes to legal and financial concerns.

Advice from the National Institute on Aging suggests early-stage planning to match early-stage diagnosis;

“When possible, advance planning should take place soon after a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease while the person can participate in discussions. People with early-stage disease are often capable of understanding many aspects and consequences of legal decision making. However, legal and medical experts say that many forms of planning can help the person and his or her family even if the person is diagnosed with later-stage Alzheimer’s.”

The National Institute on Aging offers an excellent planning guide, excerpted below, with full document available here.

Legal, Financial, and Health Care Planning Documents

When families begin the legal planning process, there are a number of strategies and legal documents they need to discuss. Depending on the family situation and the applicable State laws, some or all of the following terms and documents may be introduced by the lawyer hired to assist in this process. Broadly speaking, these documents can be divided into two groups:

  • documents that communicate the health care wishes of someone who may no longer be able to make health care decisions
  • documents that communicate the financial management and estate plan wishes of someone who may no longer be able to make financial decisions

Advance Directives for Health Care

Advance directives for health care are documents that communicate the health care wishes of a person with Alzheimer’s disease. These decisions are then carried out after the person no longer can make decisions. In most cases, these documents must be prepared while the person is legally able to execute them.

A Living Will records a person’s wishes for medical treatment near the end of life. It may do the following:

  • specify the extent of life-sustaining treatment and major health care the person wants
  • help a terminal patient die with dignity
  • protect the physician or hospital from liability for carrying out the patient’s instructions
  • specify how much discretion the person gives to his or her proxy (discussed below) about end-of-life decisions

A Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care designates a person, sometimes called an agent or proxy, to make health care decisions when the person with Alzheimer’s disease no longer can do so. Depending on State laws and the person’s preferences, the proxy might be authorized to:

  • refuse or agree to treatments
  • change health care providers
  • remove the person from an institution
  • decide about making organ donations
  • decide about starting or continuing life support (if not specified in a living will)
  • decide whether the person with Alzheimer’s will end life at home or in a facility
  • have access to medical records

A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Order instructs health care professionals not to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation if a person’s heart stops or if he or she stops breathing. A DNR order is signed by a doctor and put in a person’s medical chart.

Advance Directives for Financial and Estate Management

Advance directives for financial and estate management must be created while the person with Alzheimer’s still can make these decisions (sometimes referred to as “having legal capacity” to make decisions). These directives may include some or all of the following:

A Will indicates how a person’s assets and estate will be distributed upon death. It also can specify:

  • arrangements for care of minors
  • gifts
  • trusts to manage the estate
  • funeral and/or burial arrangements

Medical and legal experts say that the newly diagnosed person with Alzheimer’s and his or her family should move quickly to make or update a will and secure the estate.

A Durable Power of Attorney for Finances names someone to make financial decisions when the person with Alzheimer’s disease no longer can. It can help people with the disease and their families avoid court actions that may take away control of financial affairs.

A Living Trust provides instructions about the person’s estate and appoints someone, called the trustee, to hold title to property and funds for the beneficiaries. The trustee follows these instructions after the person no longer can manage his or her affairs.

The person with Alzheimer’s disease also can name the trustee as the health care proxy through the durable power of attorney for health care.

A living trust can:

  • include a wide range of property
  • provide a detailed plan for property disposition
  • avoid the expense and delay of probate (in which the courts establish the validity of a will)
  • state how property should be distributed when the last beneficiary dies and whether the trust should continue to benefit others

Who Can Help?

Health Care Providers—Health care providers cannot act as legal or financial advisors, but they can encourage planning discussions between patients and their families. Qualified clinicians can also guide patients, families, the care team, attorneys, and judges regarding the patient’s ability to make decisions.

Elder Law Attorneys (ELAs)—An ELA helps older people and families:

  • interpret State laws
  • plan how their wishes will be carried out
  • understand their financial options
  • learn how to preserve financial assets while caring for a loved one

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the American Bar Association can help families find qualified ELAs. See the list of resources at the end of this fact sheet for more information.

Geriatric Care Managers—Geriatric care managers (GCMs) are trained social workers or nurses who can help people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families:

  • discuss difficult topics and complex issues
  • address emotional concerns
  • make short- and long-term plans
  • evaluate in-home care needs
  • select care personnel
  • coordinate medical services
  • evaluate other living arrangements
  • provide caregiver stress relief

Broad Street can help. We provide Personal Assistants who can help manage overall health care and awareness. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources like Estate Planners  and Wealth Managers as well as Elder Attorneys. We provide home care in Wilmette, the North Shore area of Chicago. For more information, please call 847.728.0134.

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Patient Safety

Patient safety or as it’s otherwise termed, “preventable harm” in health care is a public health crisis and is growing as a leading cause of death in the United States.

According to Stat News, “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that nearly three-quarters of a million Americans develop health care-associated infections each year, 75,000 of whom die during that hospitalization. Additionally, other patients get the wrong medications, endure mistakes in surgery, experience falls in the hospital, receive treatments meant for someone else, develop pressure ulcers, and more. More than 12 million patients each year experience a diagnostic error in outpatient care, half of which could cause harm. One-third of Medicare beneficiaries in skilled nursing facilities experience adverse events.”

Entities such as The National Patient Safety Foundation, who recently published A Call to Action, are increasingly calling on health care leaders and policymakers to initiate a coordinated public health responses to improve patient safety to ensure that patients and those who care for them are free from preventable harm.

As an individual there are a few things you can do to minimize your own risk in the healthcare arena;

  • Wash your hands to prevent infection and don’t be shy about reminding others, especially the medical staff, to do the same thing.
  • Ask questions about the risks and benefits of any treatment or procedure.
  • Don’t go alone – bring a trusted ally with you whenever possible.
  • Know your medications and why you’re taking them.
  • Repeat back to your clinicians what you think they’ve told you.
  • And understand your care plan by asking the NPSF Ask Me 3 questions: What is my main problem? What do I need to do? Why is it important for me to do this?

Broad Street can help. We provide Personal Assistants who can help manage overall health care and awareness. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources like Nurse Advocates to help navigate your experience, needs, answer questions or identify areas of concern. We provide home care in Wilmette, the North Shore area of Chicago. For more information, please call 847.728.0134.

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Planning for the Last Chapter of your Life

It’s one thing to plan for your retirement; it’s another to plan for the last years of your life.

Dr. Lee Ann Lindquist, chief of geriatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, wondered if people could become better prepared for such emergencies, and so she designed a research project to find out and so with the help of Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, she started a web tool that helps, as she says, “plan for the period before the end, when health problems become more common.”

Click here for this great assessment tool for individuals, family members and caregivers.

Plan Your Lifespan

Looking for help planning or assessing your current lifestyle and health needs? Broad Street can help. We provide Personal Assistants who can help manage overall healthcare and awareness. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources and doctors to help answer questions or identify areas of concern. We provide home care in Wilmette, the North Shore area of Chicago. For more information, please call 847.728.0134.

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Looking out for Vitamin B12 Deficiency

It was once said that a person with normal eating patterns, living in the developed world, shouldn’t be concerned about vitamin deficiency. In our modern world however, it’s not always that simple. One’s age, their prescription medications and their lifestyle can all challenge one’s level of vitamin intake. According to Patrick J. Skerrett writing for Harvard Medical School’s Health Publication, Vitamin B12 Deficiency can be sneaky and harmful.

What harm can having too little of a vitamin do? Consider this: Over the course of two months, a 62-year-old man developed numbness and a “pins and needles” sensation in his hands, had trouble walking, experienced severe joint pain, began turning yellow, and became progressively short of breath. The cause was lack of vitamin B12 in his bloodstream, according to a case report from Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital published in The New England Journal of Medicine. It could have been worse—a severe vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to deep depression, paranoia and delusions, memory loss, incontinence, loss of taste and smell, and more.

What does vitamin B12 do?

The human body needs vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, nerves, DNA, and carry out other functions. The average adult should get 2.4 micrograms a day. Like most vitamins, B12 can’t be made by the body. Instead, it must be gotten from food or supplements.

And therein lies the problem: Some people don’t consume enough vitamin B12 to meet their needs, while others can’t absorb enough, no matter how much they take in. As a result, vitamin B12 deficiency is relatively common, especially among older people. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimated that 3.2% of adults over age 50 have a seriously low B12 level, and up to 20% may have a borderline deficiency.

Are you at risk?

There are many causes for vitamin B12 deficiency. Surprisingly, two of them are practices often undertaken to improve health: a vegetarian diet and weight-loss surgery.

Plants don’t make vitamin B12. The only foods that deliver it are meat, eggs, poultry, dairy products, and other foods from animals. Strict vegetarians and vegans are at high risk for developing a B12 deficiency if they don’t eat grains that have been fortified with the vitamin or take a vitamin supplement. People who have stomach stapling or other form of weight-loss surgery are also more likely to be low in vitamin B12 because the operation interferes with the body’s ability to extract vitamin B12 from food.

Conditions that interfere with food absorption, such celiac or Crohn’s disease, can cause B12 trouble. So can the use of commonly prescribed heartburn drugs, which reduce acid production in the stomach (acid is needed to absorb vitamin B12). The condition is more likely to occur in older people due to the cutback in stomach acid production that often occurs with aging.

Recognizing a B12 deficiency

Vitamin B12 deficiency can be slow to develop, causing symptoms to appear gradually and intensify over time. It can also come on relatively quickly. Given the array of symptoms it can cause, the condition can be overlooked or confused with something else. Symptoms may include:

  • strange sensations, numbness, or tingling in the hands, legs, or feet
  • difficulty walking (staggering, balance problems)
  • anemia
  • a swollen, inflamed tongue
  • yellowed skin (jaundice)
  • difficulty thinking and reasoning (cognitive difficulties), or memory loss
  • paranoia or hallucinations
  • weakness
  • fatigue


While an experienced physician may be able to detect a vitamin B12 deficiency with a good interview and physical exam, a blood test is needed to confirm the condition.

Early detection and treatment is important. “If left untreated, the deficiency can cause severe neurologic problems and blood diseases,” says Dr. Bruce Bistrian, chief of clinical nutrition at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

B proactive

It’s a good idea to ask your doctor about having your B12 level checked if you:

  • are over 50 years old
  • take a proton-pump inhibitor (such as Nexium or Prevacid) or H2 blocker (such as Pepcid or Zantac)
  • take metformin (a diabetes drug)
  • are a strict vegetarian
  • have had weight-loss surgery or have a condition that interferes with the absorption of food


A serious vitamin B12 deficiency can be corrected two ways: weekly shots of vitamin B12 or daily high-dose B12 pills. A mild B12 deficiency can be corrected with a standard multivitamin.

In many people, a vitamin B12 deficiency can be prevented. If you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, it’s important to eat breads, cereals, or other grains that have been fortified with vitamin B12, or take a daily supplement. A standard multivitamin delivers 6 micrograms, more than enough to cover the average body’s daily need.

If you are over age 50, the Institute of Medicine recommends that you get extra B12 from a supplement, since you may not be able to absorb enough of the vitamin through foods. A standard multivitamin should do the trick.

Broad Street can help. We provide Personal Assistants who can help manage overall healthcare and awareness. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources and doctors to help answer questions or identify areas of concern. We provide home care in Wilmette, the North Shore area of Chicago. For more information, please call 847.728.0134.

 

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Royal Health

Queen Elizabeth II is 90 years old and recently celebrated her Sapphire Jubilee, marking 65 years of reign.

According to The Telegraphwhen she thanked the nation for its kind messages after overtaking Queen Victoria to become the longest-reigning monarch in British history, she admitted the royal record was “not one to which I have ever aspired”. She added: “Inevitably, a long life can pass by many milestones. My own is no exception.”

Though it cannot be denied that she lives a safe and sheltered life, her habits have also contributed greatly to her healthy age.

As to her health habits to keep her vigor, according to the BBC, “She rides once or twice a week when she’s at Windsor and walks during the day. If she doesn’t have time to walk the dogs in the morning she will walk them in the afternoon,” Dickie Arbiter (her former press secretary) says.

“Unlike many modern workers she doesn’t sit at a desk all day. During an investiture she is standing for up to 90 minutes.”

The idea being that the best exercise is constant activity, rather than spending half an hour doing the same thing like running on a treadmill.

After a long day the Queen is careful to get a good night’s rest. “She sleeps around seven hours a night and is woken around 7.30am in the morning,” Arbiter says.

Strong relationships, often a sign of healthy living are in her court as well. She has a very strong marriage to Philip her husband of 69 years.

Darren McGrady, who was the Queen’s personal chef, told People magazine last year that she keeps a close eye on her figure. He said when she isn’t entertaining she sticks to simple meals like grilled chicken with salad.

“She’s very disciplined. No starch is the rule. No potatoes, rice or pasta for dinner,” he said.

“During the war they lived on rations liked everyone else. Her Majesty still prefers to eat simple food afterwards, like meat with veg, not processed foods.”

If she has a drink she will only have one. She doesn’t smoke.

Cheers to Elizabeth and her 65 years of reign!

Broad Street can help. We provide Personal Assistants who can help manage overall healthcare and awareness. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources and doctors to help answer questions or identify areas of concern. We provide home care in Wilmette, the North Shore area of Chicago. For more information, please call 847.728.0134.

 

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Staying Active in the Winter

The deepest part of winter is upon us; the months of January and February. There are no holidays to distract us and keeping up appearances despite the frigid temperatures can be tough, particularly if you are sensitive to less light (gray days). It can be difficult enough to want to get out from under the warm blanket in the morning, much less consider exercise. However, being active in the winter is a great way to “get through it”.

If you’re used to a nice daily walk in the warmer months, it can be disheartening to look out upon icy sidewalks or snow drifts. Consider mall walking as an alternative. Many large malls are open before the stores and can accommodate as many laps as you can for no cost. Locally, Northbrook Court Mall (in Northbrook at Lake Cook, just west of the Edens Expressway) is a great place to walk. You’ll be in great company as many have known this secret for years. Just north by a few miles is Vernon Hills and the Hawthorn Mall off of Milwaukee Ave. and Route 60.

Looking to swim? If you don’t feel like investing in a full health club membership, you can pay a day rate and have access to a pool when you want it. Try a YMCA too, like McGaw YMCA, in Evanston or the North Suburban YMCA in Northbrook.

The internet is now the greatest library in the world. There’s no shortage of free exercise video instruction on YouTube. Yoga, stretching…you name it, there’s an instructional video for it. Buy a few small 1-5 pound weights at your local Target and you’re gym-ready in your own living room.

If you do go outside make sure you layer well and have very smart footwear. Always avoid icy areas and take the long road around snow drifts. Exercise in any format will help you keep a happy demeanor on the grayest of days. Next thing you know it will be March and April and we’ll be back in business for better weather.

Broad Street can help. We provide Personal Assistants who can help manage overall healthcare and awareness. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources and doctors to help answer questions or identify areas of concern. We provide home care in Wilmette, the North Shore area of Chicago. For more information, please call 847.728.0134.

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Holiday Well-Being

The holidays, as a time to come together, are a time when you may see family you haven’t seen in a while. This is a great opportunity to look for signs of well-being (or not) in your elders. Behavioral changes and shifts in level of vitality can be helpful “first clues” to the progression of age-related challenges.

According to Agingcare.com, look for subtle changes in your loved ones’ emotional well-being. You can’t always gauge someone’s spirits over the telephone, even if you speak daily. Take note for signs of depression, including withdrawal from activities with others, sleep patterns, lost of interest in hobbies, lack of basic home maintenance or personal hygiene. The latter can be an indicator not only of depression, but also of dementia or other physical ailments including dehydration, a serious condition sometimes overlooked in elders in the winter months. If you notice sudden odd behavior with your loved one, be sure to seek medical attention as it could be a urinary tract infection which is prevalent in elders and easily resolved with antibiotics.

The home environment is a great place to focus your attention too. For instance, your parent may have always been a stickler for neatness or for paying bills promptly. If you discover excess or unsafe clutter and mail that has piled up, a problem may exist. Also, keep an eye out for less obvious indications for concern. Scorched cookware, for example, could be a sign that your parent forgets if the stove is on. An overflowing hamper could mean he or she doesn’t have the strength and/or desire to do laundry. And by all means, check prescriptions and medication bottles for expiration dates; and make note of all prescriptions your family member takes and place that information in your personal files as well as the elder’s wallet in case of an emergency.

Communicating your concerns with your elders may take a sleight of hand on the part of diplomacy. Always address concerns by respecting the elder and their right to independence. Seeking the advice of professionals can be helpful too if you are unsure about your perceptions. Delivered with love and respect, care and concern for the elder is a great gift for the season.

Broad Street can help. We provide Personal Assistants who can help manage overall healthcare and awareness. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources and doctors to help answer questions or identify areas of concern. We provide home care in Wilmette, the North Shore area of Chicago. For more information, please call 847.728.0134.

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Relaxation Techniques to Help Navigate the Political Transition

The current U.S. change in Administration, via the President-elect, seems particularly up for grabs. As if the election itself wasn’t a storm of contention, we are still feeling the impact of multiple opposing sides of ideology.

How can we, as the witnessing American public, follow these changes with grace and not let them stress us out? Like a storm on a body of water, there will be waves and a lot of churning. The mud at the bottom will make things murky, but in the end, the storm will end and the water will clear.

Person relaxation techniques will help you navigate the next year until things settle down.

According to the Mayo Clinic, practicing relaxation techniques can reduce stress symptoms by:

  • Slowing your heart rate
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Slowing your breathing rate
  • Reducing activity of stress hormones
  • Increasing blood flow to major muscles
  • Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain
  • Improving concentration and mood
  • Lowering fatigue
  • Reducing anger and frustration
  • Boosting confidence to handle problems

To get the most benefit, use relaxation techniques along with other positive coping methods, such as thinking positively, finding humor, problem-solving, managing time, exercising, getting enough sleep, and reaching out to supportive family and friends.

Easy relaxation techniques include;

  • Deep breathing
  • Hypnosis
  • Massage
  • Meditation
  • Tai chi
  • Yoga
  • Biofeedback
  • Music and art therapy

As you learn relaxation techniques, you’ll become more aware of muscle tension and other physical sensations of stress. Once you know what the stress response feels like, you can make a conscious effort to practice a relaxation technique the moment you start to feel stress symptoms. This can prevent stress from spiraling out of control.

Remember that relaxation techniques are skills. As with any skill, your ability to relax improves with practice. Be patient with yourself. Don’t let your effort to practice relaxation techniques become yet another stressor.

If one relaxation technique doesn’t work for you, try another. If none of your efforts at stress reduction seems to work, talk to your doctor about other options.

Broad Street can help. We provide Personal Assistants who can help manage overall healthcare and awareness. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources and doctors to help answer questions or identify areas of concern. We provide home care in Wilmette, the North Shore area of Chicago. For more information, please call 847.728.0134.

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What is the PSA Test for Prostate Cancer?

Ben Stiller has recently brought awareness to the topic of prostate cancer based on his own admission of dealing with the disease. According to Live Science, the actor, who is now 50, said doctors detected the cancer because Stiller had undergone a prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA test, which looks for levels of the protein PSA in the blood. Abnormally high levels of PSA in the blood can mean that a man has prostate cancer, but not always. In Stiller’s case, a follow-up MRI and biopsy showed he had prostate cancer.

“This thing saved my life,” Stiller said of the PSA test.

But the test is controversial because of false positives – being told you have cancer when you actually don’t.

According to The National Cancer Institute, prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is a protein produced by cells of the prostate gland. The PSA test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood. For this test, a blood sample is sent to a laboratory for analysis. The results are usually reported as nanograms of PSA per milliliter (ng/mL) of blood.

The blood level of PSA is often elevated in men with prostate cancer, and the PSA test was originally approved by the FDA in 1986 to monitor the progression of prostate cancer in men who had already been diagnosed with the disease. In 1994, the FDA approved the use of the PSA test in conjunction with a digital rectal exam (DRE) to test asymptomatic men for prostate cancer. Men who report prostate symptoms often undergo PSA testing (along with a DRE) to help doctors determine the nature of the problem.

In addition to prostate cancer, a number of benign (not cancerous) conditions can cause a man’s PSA level to rise. The most frequent benign prostate conditions that cause an elevation in PSA level are prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) (enlargement of the prostate). There is no evidence that prostatitis or BPH leads to prostate cancer, but it is possible for a man to have one or both of these conditions and to develop prostate cancer as well.

Until recently, many doctors and professional organizations encouraged yearly PSA screening for men beginning at age 50. Some organizations recommended that men who are at higher risk of prostate cancer, including African American men and men whose father or brother had prostate cancer, begin screening at age 40 or 45. However, as more has been learned about both the benefits and harms of prostate cancer screening, a number of organizations have begun to caution against routine population screening. Although some organizations continue to recommend PSA screening, there is widespread agreement that any man who is considering getting tested should first be informed in detail about the potential harms and benefits.

Currently, Medicare provides coverage for an annual PSA test for all Medicare-eligible men age 50 and older. Many private insurers cover PSA screening as well.

Testing can be helpful as a way to avoid disease as we age. Consider your options and do your research.

Broad Street can help. We provide Personal Assistants who can help manage overall healthcare and awareness. Through our Professional Network we can help you find the right resources and doctors to help answer questions or identify areas of concern. We provide home care in Wilmette, the North Shore area of Chicago. For more information, please call 847.728.0134.

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