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MemorialCare 55+ Program

at Orange Coast Medical Center

The MemorialCare 55+ program at Orange Coast Medical Center is a free membership enrichment program available to all seniors, age 55 or better, and is a community service from Orange Coast Medical Center, the only nonprofit hospital in Fountain Valley. Members enjoy discounts in the gift shop, café and cafeteria at Orange Coast Medical Center, as well as free non-emergency, non-urgent medical transportation (limitations may apply).

 

For membership details and to join, please click here. If you need assistance enrolling, please contact the Orange Coast Medical Center senior liaison at (714) 378-5526.

Senior seminars and resources are available online. Click here to learn more.

You have questions about Medicare? Get the answers you need by clicking here.

Classes and Events for Seniors

Women’s Health
Zoom Session
Thursday, Oct 21, 3 – 4 p.m.

Yen H. Tran, D.O., board-certified OB/GYN with MemorialCare Medical Group at Orange Coast Medical Center, will discuss women's wellness, including important screenings and disease prevention strategies. 

Essential Tremor: There Is Hope!
Zoom Session
Monday, Oct 25, 3 – 4 p.m.

Join Devin K. Binder, M.D., Ph.D., board-certified neurosurgeon with B.E.S.T. Center, medical director of the MemorialCare Neuroscience Institute at Orange Coast Medical Center, as he discusses MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS), a groundbreaking treatment option for those with an essential tremor or tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease. 

Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms
Zoom Session
Wednesday, Oct 27, 11 a.m. – Noon

Join an emergency medicine clinician at Orange Coast Medical Center to learn more about the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, as well as when to seek emergency medical care.

Emotional Wellness
Zoom Session
Thursday, Nov 18, 3 – 4:30 p.m. 

Join Sarah Wuu, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., to learn 
about what emotional wellness is, as well as how to maintain and improve emotional wellness.

Healthy Holiday Eating
Zoom Session 
Thursday, Dec 16, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Enjoying the holiday season often includes sharing delicious meals with others. Join Janet Jin, M.S., R.D., C.N.S.C., a clinical dietitian at Orange Coast Medical Center, to learn how to make healthier food choices over the holidays.

Fall Prevention and Balance Improvement Zoom Session
Thursday, Jan 20, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Mitchell Tsurudome, P.T., and Casey Jackson, P.T., physical therapists at Orange Coast Medical Center, will discuss practical ways to improve balance and help prevent falls.

Medicare Education Zoom Sessions With MemorialCare Medical Group 

Please call (714) 640-7158 to register for an upcoming session. For a complete listing of MemorialCare Medical Group Medicare sessions, please click here.

 
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When to Get Screened

A guide to preventive healthcare

Regular cancer screenings are a part of a healthy, proactive lifestyle. Read below for general guidelines on how often to schedule oncology screenings – timelines may vary by person due to individual needs and doctor discretion. 

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Yearly | Breast cancer
For women age 40 and above. Breast self-exams should be performed monthly. This promotes early diagnosis in some women and supports the goal of women being in control of their own healthcare decisions.
What to schedule: mammogram

Every one to two years | Prostate cancer
For men age 50 and above, or 45 and above for African American men and men with a close family member who had prostate cancer before 65.
What to schedule: consultation with your doctor to discuss screening and testing options

Every three to five years | Cervical cancer
For women age 30 to 65. Cervical cancer screening should begin when a woman becomes sexually active and ends typically at age 65 if all have been negative. The HPV vaccine is recommended after age 9 and ideally before sexual activity.
What to schedule: Pap test and HPV test

Every five to 10 years | Colorectal cancer/colon cancer
Beginning at age 45, earlier if there is a family history.
What to schedule: consultation with your doctor to discuss a colonoscopy or flexible sigmoidoscopy

As-needed basis, as recommended by your doctor | Lung cancer
For those who are between 50 and 80, smoke now or have quit within the past year, and have a history of smoking a pack a day for 20 years or more.
What to schedule: consultation with your doctor to discuss screening options

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Mammograms

after the COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine, like other vaccinations, stimulates your immune system. This can cause a temporary enlargement of lymph nodes near where the person was vaccinated. The enlarged lymph nodes can sometimes be seen by the radiologist reading your mammogram and make it appear to be abnormal, resulting in a “false positive,” even when there is no indication of cancer.

Mammograms should be scheduled before your first dose of COVID-19 vaccination, or four to six weeks after the last dose. This allows time for lymph nodes to return to their normal size. Women age 40 and above should not delay recommended mammographic screening.

Schedule your mammogram appointment now by calling (714) 378-7955, requesting an appointment online by clicking here or scheduling via the myChart patient portal by clicking here.

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