Seniors in Hamilton County are connecting with IU Health clinicians through a series of free events offered by IU Health Saxony Hospital.
“IU Health Senior Education Series: Taking Time for You” takes place the first Wednesday of each month (except August when it takes place on the second Wednesday) from 6 – 7 p.m. at Roy G. Holland Memorial Park Building. Events are free and no reservation is required.
“As grandparents, parents, spouses and more, it’s not uncommon for seniors to put someone else before themselves,” stated Mike Harlowe, president of IU Health Saxony Hospital. “Through brief presentations and audience engagement with IU Health physicians and health specialists, this series emphasizes the importance of prioritizing health and taking care of yourself.”
Dr. Gaurav Arora, medical director of emergency medicine at IU Health Saxony Hospital, led the first event June 7 and discussed when to visit the emergency room and what to expect.
“It can be difficult to know when you have a true emergency. In true emergency cases, it’s important to seek care promptly. For non-emergent situations, primary care or urgent care visits are good alternatives,” Arora said.
Examples of true emergencies include chest pain, weakness in an arm or leg, serious trouble breathing, major broken bones, allergic reactions, loss of consciousness, uncontrolled bleeding, poisoning and head injuries.
“Emergency rooms save lives, but visits are costly and typically include a wait period,” said Arora. “Many emergency room visits can be prevented through regular checkups with a physician, proper management of chronic conditions and good lifestyle choices when it comes to diet, exercise and safety. However, should you need emergency care, our well-trained and experienced staff is available 24/7 to evaluate and treat you.”
The next session in the series takes place July 5. Childbirth educators from IU Health North Hospital will speak about “Grandparenting Do’s and Don’ts.”