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Whether you're looking for help with an aging loved one or simply seeking a new look to help you feel your best, Chattanooga is home to some outstanding professionals that can guide you in the right direction and help you on your way.

For example, if you have aging loved ones in your life that are needing some extra care and assistance, 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.

"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.

Research from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) shows that an estimated 28.8 million adults in the United States could benefit from hearing aids. Fewer than 30 percent of this population, however, have ever actually used hearing aids. In fact, research suggests that most hearing aid users wait at least 10 years after the onset of their hearing loss to seek intervention. For those who are candidates, the team at Johnson Audiology offers hearing aids to help treat hearing loss by giving the user access to sounds they are unable to detect with their ears alone, improving speech understanding and awareness of environmental sounds. The large population of patients with untreated hearing loss are not only missing out on these direct benefits, but are also at risk for additional physical and psychological health issues.

For more information about the effects and signs of hearing loss, contact the team at Johnson Audiology to schedule a consultation or appointment at 423-710-1432 or visit johnsonaudiology.com.

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, especially now that school is back in session. 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.

No one expects to be in a traumatic accident, yet they're more common than you might imagine. According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma is the number one cause of death for people age one to 46, even ahead of heart disease and cancer. Care for patients with traumatic injuries, acute surgical emergencies, shock, sepsis, respiratory failure and advanced multi-organ failure require special training and expertise.

"Surgical Critical Care (SCC) is a specialty that focuses on caring for patients with acute or potentially life-threatening surgical conditions and understanding the relationship between surgical procedures and critical surgical illness," says Robert Maxwell, M.D., surgical critical care specialist at University Surgical Associates. "The surgical critical care fellowship offered through the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Chattanooga (UTCOM-C), Department of Surgery, offers clinical training that's focused on cutting-edge, evidence-based experiences in trauma, emergency general surgery and surgical critical care."

For more information about University Surgical Associates, visit universitysurgical.com. To schedule a consultation, call 423- 267-0466.

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.

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.

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