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MemorialCare Senior Plus

at Orange Coast Medical Center

MemorialCare Senior Plus 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. To join, complete the application form and mail it to:
Senior Plus, MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center
18111 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

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

Understanding Medicare Webinar 
Tuesday, June 8, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 19, 9:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 17, 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug 10, 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sep 18, 9:30 a.m.

This is a free, educational webinar to learn about Medicare parts A, B, C and D.

Fall Prevention and Balance Improvement Zoom Session
Thursday, June 17, 3 – 4:30 p.m.

Mitch Tsurudome, P.T., and Casey Jackson, P.T., physical therapists with Outpatient Rehabilitation at MemorialCare Orange Coast Medical Center, will discuss practical ways to improve balance and help prevent falls. Registered guests will be emailed the Zoom virtual information at least two hours before start of class at 3 p.m.

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 and medical director of the Neuroscience Institute at Orange Coast Medical Center, as he discusses MR-guided Focused Ultrasound (MRgFUS), a groundbreaking treatment option for those with essential tremor or tremor-dominant Parkinson’s disease. This incisionless treatment is bringing life-changing results to those who have been struggling with these movement disorders. You won’t want to miss this session. Registered guests will receive the Zoom information at least two hours prior to start of class at 3 p.m.

 

Some Like It Cool: Summer Health and Hydration

As opportunities abound to head out and about this summer, it’s important for you to stay cool and healthy, especially if you’re an older adult. Below are a few tips to make your summertime activities a breeze.

Safety first

With vaccination numbers climbing and COVID-19 cases on the decline in the United States, we’re certainly on a path back to normalcy – but we’re not there yet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends continuing to follow safety precautions this summer. Even if you have been vaccinated, you should continue social distancing, stay at least six feet from others not in your immediate household, and continue everyday preventive actions to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Safety Reminders

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Wear
a mask

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Wash your hands frequently

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Avoid touching your face

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Use hand sanitizer often

Stay hydrated

If you’re over the age of 55, your body can become dehydrated more easily because of its decreased ability to retain and conserve water. To help stay hydrated, women should intake at least 11.5 cups of water a day from beverages and food and men should have around 15.5 cups.

Keep cool

According to the World Health Organization, small increases in temperature may easily affect your health, especially if you have a medical condition. Seek out shady spots, go for a safe swim, self-mist often, and find other ways to keep cool.

Dress for the part

To protect yourself from the sun’s strong ultraviolet (UV) rays, make sure you wear the proper clothing and protective gear, especially when engaging in outdoor activities. This includes comfortable, light-colored and breathable fabrics made from cotton, wide-brimmed hats and caps, and sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Don’t skip the sunscreen

Senior skin especially needs extra sun protection to stay healthy since the majority of your skin’s exposure to UV rays and increased risks of skin cancer happen in your senior years.   It is important to apply a minimum of a SPF 15 broad-spectrum sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure, making sure to reapply every two hours.

A summer-smart diet

To cool and hydrate your body, infuse your diet with anti-inflammatory fresh fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and strawberries (both 91% water) and cucumbers, celery and iceberg lettuce (all 95% water by weight  ). Citrus fruits can provide immunity from heat-borne infections, while cherries reduce fatigue and improve digestion. Eating six small servings of food a day instead of fewer large meals is also suggested.

Exercise wisely

No matter what the activity – walking, gardening or golfing – remember to wear protective gear, drink plenty of water, and keep track of the amount of time you spend outdoors. The best times for outdoor exercise are early mornings or late afternoons, in order to avoid the hottest times of the day.

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Sources:

1. "Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day?” Mayo Clinic.
2. "The Sun Keeps Rising: Why Seniors Can’t Skip UV Protection.” Skin Cancer Foundation. 
3. "Dehydrated? These 7 Foods Will Satisfy Your Thirst and Hunger.” Cleveland Clinic.

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Summer Safety

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Follow safety regulations

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Eat right, but not too much

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Stay
hydrated

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Be cautious of exercise routines 

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Apply sunscreen often

Wear light clothing

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