November 2015 Letter from the Publisher

Dear Readers,

Thank you for picking up the November issue of Healthy Living News. We’re particularly proud to bring you this month’s cover story about hockey legend Gordie Howe, whose remarkable career, spent primarily with the Detroit Red Wings, spanned six decades and profoundly influenced countless fans and generations of players. Today, Gordie is facing off against a very different type of opponent in the form of vascular dementia, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and severe spinal stenosis, all stemming from his many years of highly physical competition on the ice. The inspirational story on page 8 details how Gordie’s children—Murray, Mark, Marty, and Cathy—have rallied in support of their dad and continue to cherish every moment they spend with the man known to the rest of the world as “Mr. Hockey.”

This jam-packed issue also features profiles of the ProMedica Mary Ellen Falzone Diabetes Center, the new state-of-the-art pulmonary unit at Advanced Healthcare Center, and UTMC’s new primary care clinics staffed by internal medicine residents (pgs. 17, 27, and 38 respectively); a glimpse back at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center’s founding by the Grey Nuns 160years ago courtesy of Fr. Joseph Cardone (p. 37); options for managing long-term-care costs from our friends at Savage and Associates (p. 11); expert perspectives on holiday season asthma and allergy issues from Toledo Clinic allergist/immunologist Dr. Binod Thakur (p. 10); insights on when women might want to seek the expertise of a urogynecologist from Toledo Clinic physician Dr. Nadine Kassis (p. 26); and a look at the vital, cutting-edge research conducted by Mercy right here in Toledo (p. 5).

If your family’s Thanksgiving traditions usually include participating in the Smoke the Turkey 5K, which has been held at the St. James Club for the last several years, we want to bring to your attention that this popular event will go on as always but is now called the 2015 Dave’s Turkey Chase and will be held in downtown Toledo. Special thanks to Dave’s Performance Footgear and their sponsors for keeping this event alive for our community. For more details, see the article on page 21.

Happy Thanksgiving, and until next month, stay safe, active, and healthy!

A lot to be thankful for!

November holds Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season. Holiday items and decorations have been promoted in the stores since October. At this time of year, I focus on thankfulness more than any other time of the year. It is the time to take a deep breath, reflect, and appreciate all before the start of the Christmas holiday craziness and the New Year.

Autumn skin spruce-up

Very few individuals realize that 80% of their facial appearance with aging is due to sun exposure and subsequent skin damage. All the brown spots (“age spots”), broken blood vessels on the face, fine lines, and sagging skin are caused almost entirely by sun! What about the “worry lines” between your eyes, deep smile lines, upper lip lines (lipstick runs uphill), and your sagging jowls and neck? These unfortunate changes caused by prior sun exposure can be improved dramatically with pain-free, non-invasive cosmetic procedures performed by Dr. Handler.

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