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Free ’Healthy Healing’ Presentation in Johnson City Covers Wound Care for Elderly

Hill Country Memorial presents 'Healthy Healing' on May 9 at First United Methodist Church in Johnson City. The program and a dinner prior to it at 6 p.m. are free. To reserve a spot, call (866) 421-4264.

JOHNSON CITY — The difference between a cut and a wound might not seem like much, but the older we get, the more important it becomes to monitor how quickly the area is healing.

That’s the emphasis of the next free “Healthy Healing” presentation hosted by Hill Country Memorial on Tuesday, May 9, at First United Methodist Church, 105 N. LBJ Drive.

A free dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the program following.

The human body is designed to repair minor cuts within days, leaving little trace of a skin break.

Even if medical attention is needed to treat major cuts and open wounds, once the skin is repaired, there is often no more than a scar or discoloration left behind.

But as we age, greater care and attention are needed, even for minor cuts. The body’s natural ability to heal declines. Add in changes in skin structure and the immune system, and serious medical situations could arise.

The injury itself might not pose the greatest threat; rather, it’s the complications that follow.

Aging results in thinner skin and a loss of natural moisture and connective tissue that make the skin strong. A cut on an elderly person is often much deeper than one on a younger person. The immune system is needed to address the wound and fight off germs, but in older individuals, that process is tougher because the body isn’t as resilient.

If other ailments are present, such as poor circulation, malnutrition, or diabetes, wound healing is much more difficult.

Jasper Eisenberg, Hill Country Memorial’s marketing event and social media specialist, said people don’t realize how serious a wound can be.

“I think people become so focused on what is more pressing that we let other things fall on the wayside,” she said.

The number 30 is important in wound care, she added.

“It’s the earmark we want people to be aware (of),” Eisenberg said. “If you have a wound for more than 30 days, you need to get that addressed. It’s not just a sore that’s not going away. We want people to be aware it’s time to go see a specialist.”

Dr. Bryce Karulak, Hill Country Memorial’s foot and ankle surgeon, and Greta Hartmann, the director of the facility’s Wound Healing Clinic, will lead the presentation, which will focus on types of wounds, treatment options, and ongoing care and prevention.

The duo will share technology that helps medical staff zero in on what’s happening with wounds so the best care options can be utilized.

“People overlook wounds all the time because they think (they’re) not that big of a deal,” Eisenberg said. “These tips are unique to the body. Don’t let it go too long. We are here to get questions answered.”

To reserve a spot at the presentation, call (866) 421-4264. Go to hillcountrymemorial.org for more information on the Wound Healing Clinic.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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