April 2020 COVID Issue

 

Your health is my number one priority. The high stress and social isolation that we are all currently experiencing can aggravate neurologic conditions. In this newsletter, I am sharing information, resources, and tips to help you optimize your brain health and live your best life, even in these trying circumstances.

Please make sure to check the Be Mobile Neurology website for more information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and our Facebook page for community updates. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a televisit, please contact my office at (813) 981-4403 or info@bemobileneurology.com.

Thank you!

– Dr. Deborah Boland

Creating A Normal Routine In An Abnormal Time

There is nothing routine about the COVID-19 pandemic. With quarantines, stay-at-home orders, school closures, and cancellations, life is in upheaval and people of all ages are feeling the stress. So, what can you do to stay mentally and physically healthy during these challenging times? Here are some tips to help you create normalcy in your life and optimize your health:

  1. Keep a regular schedule
  2. Maintain a healthy diet
  3. Maintain good sleep hygiene
  4. Exercise at home
  5. Stay cognitively active
  6. Practice mediation and mindfulness
  7. Continue your medical care
  8. Make meaningful social connections
Read our blog for more details >>

Check out PMDA’s Online Programs 

Be Mobile Neurology is a proud partner of the Parkinson’s & Movement Disorder Alliance (PMDA), which is a community of movers and motivators working hand-in-hand to bring education and connection to those impacted by movement disorders. A leader in online programming since 2016, PMDA has expanded services, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure you have something (at least weekly) to keep you socially connected, continuing to learn, and active. Learn more about PMDA at https://www.pmdalliance.org/.

Download the PMDA Online Resource Guide >>

 

Recently, I was interviewed by reporter Sarina Fazan about the emotional impact of social distancing and how technology can help create social connections. Click the image above to watch our conversation and subscribe to Be Mobile Neurology’s YouTube channel for more videos!

Be Mobile Neurology Expands Telemedicine Services

Between now and April 30, 2020, I am expanding my telemedicine services to help high-risk people who need neurological care and are in isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Be Mobile Neurology is accepting all patients with neurologic conditions who wish to be seen by a neurologist via telemedicine while they are unable to visit their regular specialists.

Appointments for televisits are available in one hour, 30-minute, and 20-minute increments. Patients only need access to a tablet or computer with Internet connection to be seen. During a televisit, I can perform a basic neurologic exam, just as I would for an in-person visit, while ensuring that the patient remains in a safe, healthy environment.

In addition to this expansion of individual services, Be Mobile Neurology also offers an annual telehealth membership option for patients, which includes unlimited teleneurology visits, as well as unlimited text messages and emails.

If you are interested in scheduling a telemedicine visit during this time, please contact my office at (813) 981-4403 or click the link below.

Schedule a televisit >>

Neuro Challenge Enhances Online Offerings

If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), support groups are available to assist you. Locally, our friends at Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s offer many avenues for support. In fact, their Care Advisors are now providing FREE 1:1 Care Advising sessions by phone or video chat! Neuro Challenge also has moved their regular programming online, including virtual support groups, creative connections, and exercise classes.

See Neuro Challenge’s online program calendar >>

Everyday Wellness Practices to Remember:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often and for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • When you can’t wash your hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Use disinfectant wipes to sanitize in public spaces, like grocery cart handles or door handles.
  • Know the virus’ symptoms, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath, and tell your doctor if you are feeling sick.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.
  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Avoid large gatherings.
  • Avoid travel to high risk locations. 
  • If you live in a residential facility, community housing, or assisted living center, avoid communal rooms and sanitize often.