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Chattanooga is home to some outstanding professionals that can guide you in the right direction and help you on your way with your goals to be a better, healthier you this summer, and make sure your family is cared for in the best ways possible.

When it comes to caring for your aging loved ones, 5 Star Home Care offers services and care that fit every need, especially for those suffering with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Kenny Higdon, owner of 5 Star Home Care, suggests art therapy as one method of engaging these loved ones and keeping their minds sharp. His company employs caregivers who help seniors and those living with a disability or recovering from an injury or illness to perform day-today activities.

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"My heart goes out to anyone with Alzheimer's and their family," Higdon said. "We take care of the bathing, dressing, doing laundry, light housekeeping, meal preparation and transportation so they can concentrate their energy on reaching out and staying connected to their loved one."

The business carefully connects caretakers with clients across Tennessee. For families who are concerned about the health and safety of a loved one, reach out to 5 Star Home Care at 423-893-8181.

Having two ears also provides cushioning for louder sounds as the sound is divided between both ears. It allows you to tolerate sudden, jarring sounds much easier.

With all this in mind, it is simple to understand how important it is to receive sound from both sides of the head, and Johnson Audiology is working to help educate patients to do just that. Now consider that a unique type of hearing loss, called single-sided deafness, affects tens of thousands of Americans. Just as the name of the condition implies, single-sided deafness is when a person has lost all hearing in one ear and has normal to even profound hearing loss in the other ear. The condition is also referred to as having a "dead" ear.

By working with your partner in hearing health—a university-trained audiologist—restoration of the sensation of hearing from both sides is now available for many challenged with single-sided deafness.

Current treatment and technology options are vast, and it is worth noting that this advanced technology is available from reputable, university-trained audiologists and not through channels like hearing aid counters at big box stores or off the internet.

To learn more about single-sided deafness and to work with an audiologist trained in all types and degrees of hearing loss, contact Johnson Audiology's Chattanooga or Hixson office.

From finding the right type of drinking cup for the right age to wearing the right mouth guard while playing their favorite sports, there is much to consider in the world of pediatric dentistry. One of the biggest factors of child's dental health stems from what they eat and when eat it, according to Dr. Mandy Shearer of Soddy Daisy Smiles.

"Kids are often eating foods and drinks high in sugar and starches more often and in larger portions than in times past," she said. "A steady diet of sugary foods and drinks can ruin teeth and contribute toward tooth decay."

Too much sugar on kids' teeth provides food for bacteria which produces acid that can eat away the enamel on their teeth. While all foods have some type of sugar that cannot and should not be eliminated from diet, Dr. Shearer cautioned to monitor the types of sugar and how much is being consumed.

"Read labels and plan carefully for a good balanced diet for you and your kids," she said.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Soddy Daisy Smiles at 423-332-5275 or visit soddydaisysmiles.com.

Fromsmart tvs to drones, technology continues to revolutionize the way we live. The medical community is often on the forefront of using technology to improve care. One such instance is robotic surgery. While the name may conjure images of shiny, silver robots with scalpels, this type of surgery is actually performed by highly trained human surgeons, not machines. The term "robotic-assisted surgery" is preferred by doctors since it more accurately portrays what's happening in the operating room. The surgeons with University Surgical Associates (USA) offer robotic-assisted surgery as another innovative tool for quality patient care. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 423-267-0466. Learn more by visiting universitysurgical.com.

Summer is the time for fun in the sun, but that can often leave visible wear and tear on your skin. With that in mind, the professionals at Center for Facial Rejuvenation are sharing the facts about microneedling and how it may be able to help.

"If you are struggling with acne scaring, sun damage, uneven complexion, fine lines, wrinkles, and skin that isn't as tight as it used to be, come in for a complimentary consultation," said Sharayah Caouette, Executive Director, noting the many uses for the procedure itself.

For those not familiar with what microneedling is, it's a small hand-held device that inserts very fine, short needles that puncture the skin. The process stimulates collagen and skin tissue production for smoother, firmer, and more toned skin. These punctures are only surface-level deep, but the results are amazing, Caouette noted, and often show improved complexion and glow in a couple of weeks.

Center for Facial Rejuvenation offers complimentary consultations, so those interested can book an appointment at their convenience Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also follow them on Facebook and Instagram for different promotions and information or visit their website at chattanoogaface.com.

If you're facing kidney disease of any kind, it can be difficult knowing where to turn and what to expect, but Chattanooga Kidney Centers offers a variety of services and strives to help ease patients' minds and meet their needs.

"We are committed to providing excellent care and support to all our patients through the latest patient care technology and continuous quality improvement with a focus on superior customer service in a safe, affirming environment," reads the company's mission statement on their website, and once you step inside of their six locations you can see it's true.

The process with Chattanooga Kidney Center begins with a referral from your doctor or an initial consultation on the part of the patient. From there, your team will work with you to meet needs in one of the offices or at home, whichever your situation warrants.

For those who are new to dialysis, Chattanooga Kidney Center also offers a host of resources to help you on your journey with any additional questions you and your family may have. To learn more, visit ckcdialysis.com to read on or set up a consultation.

Your body is an amazing machine. Each part works in conjunction with the other to keep you functioning and healthy. Every joint consists of multiple parts that all perform a function for your joint to do its job.

When one part fails, the machine no longer functions at its ideal capacity, just like your car. Your body operates the same way. When it comes to your knees, and just how important it is for that joint to function properly, Apple Medical can help.

Let's first examine what your knee actually does. The short answer: it supports motion in your body;  like walking, running, bending, turning, etc. Your knee is what allows the leg to bend. It also provides stability in order to support the weight of your body. That's a very important job for one joint to perform.

When we think of the knee as a whole, we also have to take into account the different parts that are needed for your knee to perform its job.

If you are ready to take control of your health and put an end to your knee pain, we would love to guide you on that journey. Call 423-355-9691 to set up your complimentary consultation today to see how we can help you say goodbye to your knee pain.

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