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Friday, January 05, 2018

The LGBT Health Resource Center’s Best Tips of 2017

Written by  Monte Ephraim; LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care

The past year has seen amazing growth at The LGBT Health Resource Center, as we’ve launched many new programs, new support groups, and new services to help members of our community live their happiest, healthiest lives.

Before we move on to all the exciting things in store in 2018, we wanted to take a moment to recap some of our favorite tips we’ve provided here in OUTLoud over the last 12 months.

From all of us at The LGBT Health Resource Center and Chase Brexton Health Care, best wishes for a happy, joyous, and healthy New Year!

Franklin McNeil Jr.

Money Management- Franklin McNeil, Jr., Vice President and Community Consultant with PNC Community Development Banking

What is one easy financial management tip you can offer?

Take the time to track your expenses! Keep a log for at least a month of your typical bills, and remember to account for periodic expenses like car/home insurance or, if you are a homeowner, any taxes or special maintenance, to see exactly where your money is going. PNC Bank has a pocket-sized Expense Tracker that you can use to capture any time that you put money in the parking meter or go out to eat. You will be astounded by how much money you are spending at your favorite coffee shop or convenience store, especially when you are trying to find money to save, go on vacation or buy a home, etc.

Nutrition- Chase Brexton Health Care nutritionist Tiana Matthews-Martinez MS, RD, LDN

What are some easy ways that LGBT elders can improve their nutrition?

LGBT seniors can improve their nutrition by remembering to eat the rainbow– and I don’t mean Skittles! Fruits, vegetables, and various colored legumes have phytochemicals, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbs, and water which our bodies need to function at their best. Each color of the rainbow is like a magic wand that helps maintain your health in a different way. Make sure to speak with a dietitian/nutritionist for individualized recommendations.

Intimate Partner Violence- Lauren Vaszil LCPC, LCADC, Chase Brexton

If someone is facing a violent or potentially violent situation, what should they do?

If someone faces the threat of violence, they should develop a plan for their safety. We understand that a person cannot always immediately flee their situation. But victim advocacy programs, such as those offered by Chase Brexton, The House of Ruth (www.hruth.org), TurnAround (turnaroundinc.org) or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, can help develop a plan of action to ensure their safety when they finally choose to leave the relationship. If active violence is occurring, we always encourage individuals to call 911, as domestic violence can very quickly escalate to lethal violence.

Most importantly, individuals need to know that they are not alone, and the abuse is not their fault. There is help, and here at Chase Brexton we can support individuals facing an unhealthy relationship.

Oral Health- Karyn Carr Porter, RDH, BS, Chase Brexton Health Care

What are some oral health issues that older adults need to be aware of?

There are many issues that older adults will most likely encounter with their oral health as they age. The biggest change centers around what we call xerostomia, or dry mouth. This condition is a reduction in saliva in the mouth. It can also affect other areas in the body that need lubrication, such as your eyes. Patients with xerostomia can have many issues stemming from this dryness, including an increased risk for tooth decay, altered food taste and problems with swallowing. This can all lead to poor nutrition, loss of weight and a decline to overall health. Other issues older adults may have include gum recession, bone loss, loss of dexterity in their hands and fingers, and the loss of mental capability to care for one's self.

The LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care is to provide LGBTQ individuals and their families with welcoming access to expert health information and resources that will enhance wellness and quality of life. For more info, visit ResourceCenter.lgbt.

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