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August 2013

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August 2013

Understanding Multivitamins

Many people question if there is value to taking a multivitamin. Some experts think that multivitamins supply nutrients missing from our diets while others think they are a crutch. Raul Seballos, MD, Vice Chair of Preventive Medicine at Cleveland Clinic references findings from a study that breaks down what multivitamins can and cannot do.

Dr. Seballos says that anyone who is malnourished or who has a nutritional deficiency could benefit from taking a multivitamin. For others, there are other preferred steps one can take to stay healthy and reduce risk of illness like eating a diet low in added sugars, remaining tobacco free, exercising and eating lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy.

What a multivitamin will not do is prevent heart attacks, strokes or cancers, help you live longer and they do not replace healthy habits.

To learn more about this topic or to coordinate an interview, please contact Bridget Peterlin at peterlb@ccf.org or 216.444.5703.

Tips on How to Adjust to the Empty Nest

Many parents or guardians may experience loneliness or empty nest syndrome when their children leave home to start an adventurous life of independence. However, Jane Ehrman, a Mind/Body Coach for Cleveland Clinic's Center for Lifestyle Medicine, offers suggestions on how parents can have a positive experience during this transition in life.

  1. Keep a healthy perspective: It’s okay and normal to miss your child and feel sad about how quickly childhood flew by. Your goal was to have your child grow up and successfully fly out of the nest. This is part of the process, and the next stage will have its good times and cherished moments too.
  2. Plan your time and freedom wisely: This is an opportunity for greater self-care (healthy eating and activity, meditation, recreation time, etc.). Whether you work from home or in the workforce, think about how to spend your time and energy. Consider classes you want to take, a project, a career shift or volunteer opportunities.
  3. Rekindle your relationship with your spouse/partner: Now that the children need less direct attention, you can focus time on the two of you. Research shows, with less tension on childrearing, couples can enjoy their relationship more. Plan some meaningful ways to be together.
  4. The adjustment to an empty nest: This takes between 18 months – 2 years. It’s a process, so be patient.
  5. Excited about the empty nest: If you’re excited about having an empty nest, shed a few tears in front of your child anyway. It’s good for them to believe they’ll be missed. Just don’t move without forwarding them your new address!

To learn more about this topic or to coordinate an interview, please contact Bridget Peterlin at peterlb@ccf.org or 216.444.5703.

Caring for Older Patients with Cancer

Caring for an aging loved one with cancer can come with logistical, emotional and personal health challenges. Dale Shepard, MD, geriatric oncologist at Cleveland Clinic, offers the following advice to provide the best care possible while considering your own health at the same time.

  1. Find the right resources – Older patients have different needs and there are geriatric-specific resources that can help both you and your loved one. Start by discussing options with a social worker who has experience navigating the healthcare system and can help find the appropriate resources and services.
  2. Find the right oncologist – Find an oncologist who treats older patients regularly. Such a doctor is more likely to understand all the issues involved.
  3. Take care of yourself – It’s important to remember your own health issues and not ignore them. The healthier you are, the better the care you can provide.
  4. Keep the goals of care in mind – All treatment options and the goals of care should be discussed openly and honestly especially since some issues are very specific to older patients. Be sure to discuss the likely side effects of various treatments, the benefits and motivations for each option.

To learn more about this topic or to coordinate an interview, please contact Stephanie Jansky at 216.636.5869 or janskys@ccf.org.