LOCAL SPOTLIGHT - KENTUCKY HEALTH SOLUTIONS

It is that most wonderful time of the year—no, we are not talking about Christmas. It’s Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Season. Yes, it’s the time of the year when we stress and spend hours on the phone or online shopping for health coverage. The pain of having to shop health coverage, spend hours on the phone or online with one company vs another for our health insurance can be a daunting task. It does not matter if you are on Medicare or looking for your personal insurance, this can be one of the most dreaded….

REDEFINED SENIOR LIVING

This senior living community, the latest on the Lexington landscape, offers numerous amenities and top-class touches that make it a vibrant, exciting community.  “We are redefining senior living,” said Jacqueline Kennedy, Director of Sales and Marketing at Legacy Reserve. “If someone has a notion of what senior living looks like, we ask them to tour Legacy Reserve.”  On your visit, you certainly won’t find Legacy Reserve residents just sitting around watching life go by.

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ADULT GUARDIANSHIP: FROM DEMENTIA TO ADDICTION

Guardianship has been a hot topic in Kentucky the past year.  Between the increase in dementia diagnoses and the growing drug epidemic, the court system has had a great influx in the number of guardianship filings over the past few years.  In Kentucky, a guardianship is a legal proceeding during which a jury determines whether an individual is wholly or partially disabled, the court appoints a guardian, thus officially creating a legal relationship between the guardian and the ward.

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 Mayo Clinic. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. www.mayoclinic.org

WebMD. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Health Center. www.webmd.com/chronic-fatigue-syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is the most common name used to designate a significantly debilitating medical disorder or group of disorders generally defined by persistent fatigue. CFS is often accompanied by other specific symptoms that persist for at least six months, according to the Mayo Clinic. This disorder is known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), post-viral fatigue syndrome (PVFS), chronic fatigue immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) and other terms. Biological, genetic, infectious and psychological mechanisms have been proposed for the development and persistence of symptoms with this disorder.


Persons with CFS may report a wide spectrum of symptoms that sometimes have a psychological etiology. These symptoms may include muscle weakness, increased sensitivity to light, sounds and smells, orthostatic intolerance, digestive disturbances, depression and cardiac and respiratory problems. Clinical researchers suggest as many as 75 percent of people with CFS experience migraines. Most migraines in ME/CFS are undiagnosed. Other symptoms of CFS include post-exertion malaise, unrefreshing sleep, widespread muscle and joint pain, sore throat, cognitive difficulties and chronic, often severe mental and physical exhaustion in a previously healthy, active person.


Fatigue is a common symptom in many illnesses, but CFS is comparatively rare. Estimates of its prevalence vary widely, from

CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

from seven to 3,000 cases for every 100,000 adults. Some national health organizations have estimated more than 1 million Americans and approximately a quarter of a million people in Western Europe have CFS. The disorder occurs most often in adult women. Quality of life is particularly and uniquely disrupted in CFS.


The Mayo Clinic (www.mayoclinic.org) notes the cause of CFS is currently unknown, although there are many theories ranging from viral infections to psychological stress. Health care professionals recognize CFS may be triggered by a combination of factors. There is no single test to confirm a diagnosis of CFS. Because of the complexity of this condition, when CFS is suspected, a variety of medical tests may be needed to rule out other health problems with similar symptoms. Treatment for CFS focuses mainly on symptom relief and may include medication and psychological interventions. CFS may also be treated with physical exercise, according to the Mayo Clinic.  

DR. THOMAS W. MILLER, PH.D, ABPP

Thomas W. Miller, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor emeritus and senior research scientist, Center for Health, Intervention and Prevention, University of Connecticut; retired service chief from the VA Medical Center; and tenured professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Kentucky.

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