Senior citizens are getting informed

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)-Region 8 senior citizens are learning what they need to stay on top of medical procedures and exams.

St. Bernard's Senior Life Center held an educational program for seniors Wednesday morning, discussing what exams like x-rays, MRI's, and ultrasounds are.

Becky McDaniel-Ewart, the Director of St. Bernard's Senior Life Center, says the Senior Life Center holds many educational events and they pick their topics based on what they hear seniors talking about, "We do have lots of questions. People come up to us and say 'My doctor wants me to have an MRI, he wants me to have an ultrasound, a hip x-ray or whatever. and what does this entail?' So, I believe this is a really good tool for them."

Becky says she hopes this session will not only answer their questions, but address any concerns they might have.

"A lot of times they go to the doctor, these days, and are told they need a certain procedure. Or they need an MRI, or they need an ultrasound and they really have no clue what to expect from that. And so, therefore there's a lot of fear and a lot of uncertainty as to what the x-ray's going to be like or what the procedure's going to be like. So, we try to let our folks know just more education. We can't get into too much, so we just try to let them know what it's about. What they need to do before the procedure, what the procedure is going to entail, what it's going to show and whose going to give them the results. And usually, about how long it will take. So, anything we can do to help our folks know about educational opportunities, health opportunities or anything that's what we're all about."

Becky says she hopes they find the information in the program useful now and later on, "I think there's going to be a lot of people today who get questions answered. And therefore, even if they don't have an MRI planned right now, in the future they may one of these days and they can go back and use what they've learned today."

The Senior Life Center has a monthly calendar of their events so that people can check out what's coming up and plan ahead.

For more information about this program or any others offered by the Senior Life Center, you can call 870-336-4831 or log onto their website.

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