Also in the Observer: FHF family medicine physician speaks about impact of aging on memory; Community joins FHF for colorectal cancer seminar; Intracoastal Bank announces annual meeting results; New hires.
The Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation donated developmental toys for children, ranging from newborns to 13-year-olds, receiving care at the hospital's Freytag Children's Rehabilitation Center, according to a news release.
A team of physical, speech and occupational therapists helped select specific toys to assist in the care of the patients.
The rehabilitation center, located inside the FHF Parkway Medical Plaza at 120 Cypress Edge Drive in Palm Coast, offers a variety of treatment techniques to maximize the abilities of children with special needs. The center is staffed by PT Solutions, a national physical therapist-owned, private practice at FHF. They are capable of caring for children with developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD and Down syndrome, among others.
“It was wonderful to be here today and see the caregivers in action – loving and caring for these precious children,” Sue Freytag said in a release. “[We] are so blessed to be able to support the Florida Hospital Flagler Foundation and directly see the impact of our donation, as well as the generous contributions of many others.”
FHF family medicine physician speaks about impact of aging on memory
Dr. Sharrell Cooper, a family medicine physician at Florida Hospital Flagler, spoke about the impact aging can have on memory during the city of Palm Coast’s “Lunch ‘n Learn Senior Series” on March 16, according to a news release.
Over 100 members of the community attended the event.
“Cognitive change is a normal process of aging,” Cooper said in a release. “Some cognitive functions, such as vocabulary, are usually retained, while others, such as processing speed, may decline.”
Cooper added that this differs from mild cognitive impairment, which is the intermediate stage between expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more serious decline of dementia, he said. In addition, lowering blood pressure may reduce the risk of developing both post-stroke dementia, as well as late-life dementia, according to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
“There are some lifestyle choices we can make to help prevent memory loss associated with aging,” Cooper said. “Foods rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids may be protective for both the heart and the brain. Staying adequately hydrated with water and limiting alcoholic consumption is key. In addition, staying mentally active with activities such as puzzles, discussion groups, reading, playing cards or board games, or a musical instrument can help, too.”
Community joins FHF for colorectal cancer seminar
FHF hosted a free seminar on colorectal cancer on March 20, according to a news release.
Dr. Issam Nasr, a gastroenterologist at the hospital, discussed common disorders and symptoms associated with the digestive system, including colorectal cancer. In addition, Nasr addressed several options for screening for colorectal cancer, including noninvasive, at-home screening options. However, Nasr explained that a colonoscopy is the only test that can detect pre-cancerous polyps, allowing doctors to fight colorectal cancer before it has an opportunity to develop.
“Family history is an important factor when determining a person’s risk and recommended age for beginning to screen for colorectal cancer,” Nasr said in a release. “To reduce our risk for developing colorectal cancer, we can make several lifestyle choices. For example, quitting smoking and eating more fruits and vegetables are two simple ways we can help prevent colorectal cancer.”
Intracoastal Bank announces annual meeting results
Intracoastal Bank held its annual meeting of shareholders on March 22 at the Plantation Bay Golf and Country Club, according to a news release. The following individuals were elected to serve as directors for the coming year: Dr. Pamela Carbiener, C. Scott Crews, Robert DeVore, Thomas L. Gibbs, Albert B. Johnston Jr., Gerald P. Keyes, Michael Machin and Bruce E. Page.
Bank management provided shareholders with a progress update, highlighting the success the bank experienced in 2017:
- Total assets at Dec. 31, 2017, were $315 million up $31 million, or 11%, from $284 million at Dec. 31, 2016.
- Total loans at Dec. 31, 2017 were $199 million, up 23 million, or 13% from $176 million at Dec. 31, 2016.
- Total deposits at Dec. 31, 2017 were $285 million, up 27 million, or 10% from 258 million at Dec. 31, 2016.
- Net income for the 2017 increased by 19% from the 2016.
Mary Faulk was hired as a sales agent at Vanacore Homes, owners Scott and Todd Vanacore announced in a news release. Faulk is a licensed real estate agent who works out of Vanacore’s Halifax Plantation sales office with a focus on the sale of the company’s new estate homes.