Thank you for picking up the March issue of Healthy Living News. Pictured on this month’s cover is UTMC’s Parkinson’s Disease Interdisciplinary Clinic (PDIC) team, a diverse group of healthcare practitioners and volunteers who provide comprehensive care to Parkinson’s patients in one convenient location at the UTMC Gardner-McMaster Parkinson Center. See the story on page 4 for more information on this dedicated team as well as details on the upcoming 18th Annual Parkinson’s Symposium to be held April 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Parkway Place in Maumee. Themed “The Parkinson’s Show Starring Dr. Larry Elmer,” this year’s symposium promises to entertain and enlighten those whose lives have been touched by this progressive neurological disease.
Also in this issue, Toledo Clinic sleep medicine and pulmonary specialist Dr. Naeem Lughmani shares expert insights on the relationship between snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (p. 12); Joy Riedl of Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices discusses the innovative “small house” concept of skilled nursing care (p. 40); Mary Cheney of ProMedica Wound Care talks about the various treatment options for tough-to-heal chronic wounds (p. 22); Deb Ross of Mercy Cancer Center emphasizes the vital importance of colorectal cancer screening (p. 10); and Super Fitness owner Ron Hemelgarn explains the remarkable longevity of his club, which celebrates its 43rd anniversary this month (p. 8).
On a more somber note, last month we mourned the loss of Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins. His love, vision, and pride in our hometown will long be remembered. Whether he was a direct descendent of Irish patriot Michael Collins or not, we always greatly admired his devotion and interest in his Irish heritage. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. In fact, this month’s Spiritually Speaking by Sister Mary Thill (p. 6) is dedicated to Mayor Collins’ memory.
Hopefully, as you read this letter, we’ve had a break in the winter weather so area residents can get back to enjoying outdoor activities. If you need a little inspiration in this regard, next month’s issue will be jam-packed with information on upcoming triathlons, duathlons, and run/walks events plus our 19th annual Summer Camp Guide.
Until then, stay safe, active, and healthy!