Saturday, December 20, 2014

Betty Louise Smith Dies At 80

LABELLE, FL. -- Betty Louise Smith, age 80, a longtime resident of Muse, Glades County, FL, passed away December 19, 2014 in LaBelle, FL. She was born Mar. 4, 1934 in Moore Haven, FL. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Buddy (W.J.) Strickland and Gaynell Strickland of Moore Haven, FL and grandson, Gary A. Hall, Jr. of LaBelle.
Survivors include her three daughters: Jullie Kay Hall, Judy Fuller (Wade) and Cheryll Brooks (Tony), son: Richard E. Smith (Laura), eight grandchildren: Teresa Robinson; Danielle Brooks, April Brooks; Lisa Augilar; Lynn Hall; Justin Hall, Robert Smith and Josh Smith; twenty-three great-grandchildren and fifteen great-great grandchildren.

She loved flowers, did puzzles and crocheted as a hobby. She was a member of the Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at Kingdom Hall Of Jehovah's Witnesses, 538 Glades Avenue, LaBelle with Elder Gary Schuch officiating. A memorial luncheon will take place at 2099 Summerall Road, Muse immediately following the memorial service.
Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

70-Year Old Crashes Into House

FORT MYERS, FL. -- Gonzalo Nunez Collado,70 of Fort Myers / Florida fortunately suffered no injuries after losing control of his 2001 Toyota Sienna Saurday at 11:54 am. after running into a home on Glenwood Ave.

Collado  was traveling eastbound on Glenwood Avenue approaching Carolina Avenue and lost control and began traveling in a southeast direction, and entered the grass yard of 606 Carolina Avenue. This yard is on the south side of Glenwood Avenue.

The vehicle continued traveling in a southeast direction, exited the yard, and entered Carolina Avenue, continued traveling in a southeast direction, exited the roadway and entered the grass yard of 4700

Glenwood Avenue. Subsequently, the front portion collided with a fence and the vehicle continued traveling in a southeast direction through the yard and collided with the landscaping in the lawn of and then the front portion of the vehicle then collided with the home located at 4700 Glenwood Avenue. The Toyota came to rest facing southeast, while connected to the front area of the home.

Collado was charged with careless driving.

Can You Balance On One Leg For 20 Seconds? Testing Brain Health

Simple Test May Signal Brain Health In Older Adults

One-legged standing time may be a simple test used to measure early signs of abnormalities in the brain associated with cognitive decline, cerebral small vessel disease and stroke says a new study from the American Heart Association.

Struggling to balance on one leg for 20 seconds or longer was linked to an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people with no clinical symptoms, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

“Our study found that the ability to balance on one leg is an important test for brain health,” said Yasuharu Tabara, Ph.D., lead study author and associate professor at the Center for Genomic Medicine at Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine in Kyoto, Japan. “Individuals showing poor balance on one leg should receive increased attention, as this may indicate an increased risk for brain disease and cognitive decline.”

“One-leg standing time is a simple measure of postural instability and might be a consequence of the presence of brain abnormalities,” said Tabara.

The study consisted of 841 women and 546 men, average age of 67. To measure one-leg standing time, participants stood with their eyes open and raised one leg. The maximum time for keeping the leg raised was 60 seconds. Participants performed this examination twice and the better of the two times was used in the study analysis. Cerebral small vessel disease was evaluated using brain magnetic resonance imaging.

Researchers found that the inability to balance on one leg for longer than 20 seconds was associated with cerebral small vessel disease, namely small infarctions without symptoms such as lacunar infarction and microbleeds. They noted that:

34.5 percent of those with more than two lacunar infarction lesions had trouble balancing.
16 percent of those with one lacunar infarction lesion had trouble balancing.
30 percent of those with more than two microbleed lesions had trouble balancing.
15.3 percent one microbleed lesion had trouble balancing.

Overall, those with cerebral diseases were older, had high blood pressure and had thicker carotid arteries than those who did not have cerebral small vessel disease. However, after adjustment for these covariates, people with more microbleeds and lacunar infarctions in the brain had shorter one-legged standing times. Short one-legged standing times were also independently linked with lower cognitive scores.

Although previous studies have examined the connection between gait and physical abilities and the risk of stroke, this is among the first study to closely examine how long a person can stand on one leg as an indication of their overall brain health.

Small vessel disease occurs due to microangiopathy of arterioles in the brain, making these arteries less flexible, which can interfere with blood flow. Small vessel disease typically increases with age. Loss of motor coordination, including balance, as well as cognitive impairment has been suggested to represent subclinical brain damage. Tabara and colleagues also found a strong link between struggling to stand on one leg and increased age, with marked shorter one-leg standing time in patients age 60 and over.

Although the study did not assess participants’ histories of falling or physical fitness issues, such as how fast they could walk or any gait abnormalities, Tabara said the one-leg standing test is an easy way to determine if there are early signs of being at risk for a stroke and cognitive impairment and whether these patients need additional evaluation.

Photo credit: Yasuharu Tabara

Celebrate With Some Healthy Gifts This Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time of giving and the Florida Department of Health encourages Floridians to give the gift of healthy activity to family and friends. Helping others achieve and maintain good health is one of the most valuable gifts you can give that will positively impact their lives for years to come.

Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong said "Select nutritious food gifts, choose a family outing with physical activity for everyone and find ways to encourage others to reach their health goals during this season.” 

Buy a loved one a Florida State Parks pass and give the gift of the great outdoors
This gift allows Florida residents and visitors to breathe the fresh air, exercise outdoors and enjoy our beautiful state in any of the 160 state parks throughout Florida. Learn more
Cook a healthy meal or take a healthy cooking class together
A common way to express affection during the holidays is through food. Spend some quality together while preparing lower fat, lower calorie options for gatherings with family and friends. Or consider creating new memories by providing a gift to attend local healthy cooking classes.
Give the gift of activity and support
Baskets and stockings are typically filled with candy, yet you can reshape this idea and create a health basket for a loved one containing items that can help with daily life. Include an activity tracker or pedometer, with a note attached that says, "You can do it!” Fill it up with fruit and other healthy snacks to help others start the New Year feeling better and motivated to stay healthy.
Maintain, Don't Gain Challenge
Healthiest Weight Florida's newest initiative, Maintain Don't Gain Holiday Challenge, contains helpful tips and reminders that can be useful to those who are striving towards their healthiest weight goals. For more information and to sign up visit the Maintain, Don't Gain Holiday Challenge. Healthiest Weight Florida is a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and entire communities to help Florida's children and adults make choices about healthy eating and active living.

Friday, December 19, 2014

President Obama Friday Press Conference

President Obama meets the press for his final 2014 press conference, and takes questions from White House correspondents the President described as both "naughty and nice" as the president carried out the year's last Presidential question taking session.

Expected live from the White House Friday at 1:30 p.m., there was a considerable delay waiting for the President's arrival at about 2 p.m.