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You Are Invited: National Pancake Day Breakfast

Join our senior campus assisted living community, Towne Park Assisted Living of Brazil, on Saturday, March 3 as we celebrate National Pancake Day!    Free pancake breakfast includes pancakes, sausage patties, and drinks. How many pancakes should we make? RSVP to (812) 420-4100.   Location Information Towne Park Assisted Living of Brazil 503 S. Murphy Avenue Brazil, IN (812) 420-4100 …
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Heart Disease in Women: Heart Disease No Longer A “Man’s Disease”

Cancer has been called the “most feared diagnosis.” However, many women don’t realize that heart disease is actually the leading cause of death in women in the United States. Heart disease was once called a “man’s disease,” but one in four female deaths in this country are from heart disease, making it an equal opportunity disease. Even more concerning is that almost 64% of women who die suddenly of heart attack had no previous symptoms according to the Center for Disease Control, giving heart disease the name “the silent killer.” This means you could be at risk even though you show no symptoms.    What to Watch For Women experience symptoms that are often very different from the symptoms common in men. Some women report dull chest pain or a sharp, burning sensation. Women experience pain in the neck, jaw, throat, or back much more frequently than men. However, many women don’t have any pain typically associated with heart attack, but may notice shortness of breath, fatigue, swelling of feet, ankles, or legs, confusion, dizziness, or numbness in face, arms, or legs. If you notice any of these conditions, don’t wait! Seek medical attention immediately. This could be the only warning sign you experience.   Risk Factors & What You Can Do Now As women age, the risk of sudden cardiac arrest, angina, and arrhythmias goes up; however, women of all ages should be concerned and practice prevention now. While women may experience symptoms that are very different than in men, the risk factors are very much the same. High blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and keep it controlled through diet and medication if necessary.   High LDL cholesterol. Know your numbers and control bad cholesterol through diet and medication if necessary.   Smoking. Stop smoking! This one lifestyle change will benefit your heart, lungs, circulatory system, and reduce risk of some cancers.   Diabetes. Be tested for diabetes. Control your weight and follow a healthy diet.   Obesity. Obesity is a contributing factor in a number of health issues and diseases and makes controlling blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol more difficult.   Physical inactivity. The more you move, the better you will feel. Exercise can help circulation, heart, lungs, and joints.   Overuse of alcohol. Limit alcohol to one drink per day.   Poor diet. A diet high in fats and sugars contributes to a wide range of physical conditions. Challenge yourself to make one dietary change per week. This might be to reduce the number of soft drinks you have in a week, to reduce the amount of sugar in your coffee, to add a fruit or vegetable to each meal, or reduce the amount of red meat you eat. Small changes add up!   Sleep. Do you know that sleep is good for your heart? Poor sleep patterns have been linked to increased blood pressure and trouble losing weight. Try to get six to eight hours of sleep per night.   If you find that you have several of the above risk factors, take heart! There are many changes you can make right away that can begin to lower your risk of heart disease. See your doctor to access your risk and get started on any medications that may be necessary. Be intentional about the foods you put on your plate and get moving toward a heart-healthy lifestyle!  …
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Glaucoma: The Silent Disease

Glaucoma has been called the “silent disease” because there are usually no symptoms and no pain.  Phyllis Diller once advised women, “Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age—as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.”  It is true that our vision does change as we age. We may hold the book farther away until reading glasses become necessary or we may need glasses to drive. However, some vision problems, such as glaucoma, can be much more serious. Glaucoma is caused when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye, increasing the pressure within the eye and damaging the optic nerve which sends images to the brain. Without treatment, this damage leads to gradual, but permanent, loss of vision within a few years. Glaucoma has been called the “silent disease” because there are usually no symptoms and no pain. A less common form of glaucoma that does have symptoms is called angle-closure glaucoma. This acute attack condition is a true emergency. The symptoms can include sudden blurry vision, severe eye pain, halos or rainbows around lights, or nausea, headache, and vomiting. However, open angle glaucoma is most common and has no symptoms, so regular exam eyes are necessary to detect the increased fluid that results in glaucoma. Risk Factors The following adults are at greater risk of glaucoma than others: African American over 40 years old Adults over 40 with a family history of glaucoma Adults over 60 Adults with diabetes or high blood pressure Those with other eye diseases Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in adults over 60. While glaucoma cannot be cured or reversed, it can be treated to delay progression of the disease, so it is vital to get an eye exam every 1 to 2 years after age 60.  Glaucoma Treatment After a diagnosis of glaucoma, your doctor will likely recommend pills or eyedrops to control eye pressure. Laser procedures are sometimes recommended to drain fluid. Surgery is necessary in some cases to create a way for fluid to drain. What You Can Do Now If it has been more than 2 years since your last eye exam, schedule an exam right away. If you have received a diagnosis of glaucoma, don’t stop taking your medication or discontinue use of eyedrops. Some people stop using the drops because the drops burn or sting. Talk to your doctor about a different eyedrop, but don’t stop using the drops. Make sure you understand how to use the eyedrops. Take someone with you to the exam or ask the doctor’s staff to write down the instructions. Changes in vision may be a normal part of aging, but loss of vision from glaucoma doesn’t have to be. Early diagnosis and treatment can delay progression of the disease and protect your vision. LEARN MORE ABOUT GLAUCOMA CARE AND TREATMENT.  …
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About Towne Park

Welcome to Towne Park Assisted Living!

Towne Park Assisted Living offers seniors the ability to maintain their independence and yet receive assistance with daily activities. Our beautifully landscaped grounds and comfortably refined atmosphere make Towne Park the place seniors want to call home.

At Towne Park, a not-for-profit community, it's all about possibilities. Our residents are encouraged to savor each day by taking part in a variety of daily activities. With services that range from a salon and spa, to a movie theater and two private courtyards, there is always an amenity to enjoy.

Our fine dining team specializes in home-style favorites and providing a personalized restaurant-style dining experience to each person served. With our maintenance-free lifestyle, you can kick back and enjoy our library, fitness studio, and take a trip to the Towne Park ice cream parlor. Chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry - what will you choose?

With 24-hour personalized care, our well-trained staff provide discreet assistance in activities such as grooming, bathing, dressing and medication management.

Live life to the fullest at Towne Park Assisted Living of Brazil and come home to your home today!

Reserve your new senior apartment today by calling (812) 420-4100.