April 13 (Newsletter #2)

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Hi Everyone!

I trust that even though this social distancing is driving all of us a bit bonkers, that we are doing it diligently. I, for one, miss the multiple hugs I would get throughout the day. I am looking forward to being able to do that simple act sometime in the near future. Right now, the office will be closed through the end of April. We will be contacting you to reschedule your appointment.

I am working hard on systems to keep you and us safe when the office reopens. With that in mind, the first appointment of the day and the first one after lunch are reserved for patients over 65 or those who have medical conditions that make them more vulnerable.

This can be a great time to make your mind stronger and develop good habits to avoid Alzheimer’s in the future. Go to https://www.lumosity.com/en/ for oodles of brain games to challenge yourself. And if you always wanted to learn how to meditate, now is the time. Go to https://www.headspace.com/. It’s a very gentle and easy way to learn mindfulness and at the same time reduce your anxiety, if you have any.

Even though we are being deluged with all the negative bits about this Corona Curse, there is lots of good news. Go to https://tanksgoodnews.com/ and you will find scads of feel-good stories. In fact, I bet you have a few to tell yourself. Please share them on my Facebook Fan page. We need to focus on the stories that make us feel good because that reduces cortisol (the stress hormone) and releases serotonin (the relaxing, feel-good hormone).

As of April 13, according to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/, of the patients currently infected, only 4% are serious or critical. Here in California, we are flattening the curve, which allows hospitals to have enough resources to treat the critical cases. Yay, California!!!

Are you symptomatic? If you are unable to get tested via your personal healthcare provider, call 2-1-1. The nursing team will determine if whether you are eligible for testing. If so, someone will contact you to schedule a test.

Live long and prosper.

Dr. Hansen and Her Fabulous Crew