• Getting To The Heart o...
    In this issue of Healthy Living, the focus is on Eisenhower’s Cardiovascular Center of Excellence — a fitting topic to start the New Year as many of us make resolutions to improve our fitness. The... click for more
  • Majid Torabi, MD
    In the world of yoga and deep breathing, there is a common saying: a healthy mind has an easy breath. If that is true, the patients of Majid Torabi, MD have him to thank. Board Certified in... click for more
  • White House Briefing O...
    In 2012, Eisenhower Cardiologist Charlie Shaeffer, Jr, MD met with senior White House officials as part of a discussion with community leaders who are actively involved in the prevention, treatment... click for more
  • Eisenhower Medical Cen...
    Eisenhower Medical Center has again received full accreditation as a chest pain center from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). Originally accredited in 2006 and then in 2009,... click for more
  • Luke Magnotto, MD
    The similarities between Luke Magnotto, MD, Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, and his great-greatgreat… grandfather Leonardo Di Capua, who lived at the end of the Renaissance period (b. 1617 in... click for more
  • It’s Berry Good For Yo...
    One of the best weapons in fighting cancer could be your fork.
    “Whether you want to prevent cancer or are currently fighting it, it’s important to provide your body with the proper fuel,” says Carolyn Katzin, MSPH, CNS, MNT, a nutritionist who works with Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center. “My goal here is to help people make small changes that can have a profound effect on overall health.”

    If you’ve already begun treatment for cancer, Katzin recommends focusing on two critical areas of your diet. “Getting enough protein is incredibly important,” she says. “For most people, that means adding one more serving per day. Also, sufficient hydration is essential, and in some cases, that means electrolytes as well.” click for more

  • Five Things You Can Do...
    1. Plan a Homemade Pizza Party
    Invite some friends and ask everyone to bring a favorite topping and drink to share. Give awards for most creative and best tasting pizzas.

    2. Stretch Your Face
    Prop yourself in front of a mirror and open your mouth wide, raise your eyebrows, wink, and wiggle your nose and ears, if you can. Laughing is permitted and highly encouraged.

    3. Walk Your Neighborhood
    As Katherine Hepburn once stated, “Exercise each day, in all kinds of weather.” Early mornings are quite pleasant even in the hottest months. click for more

  • What’s In A Label?
    Have you ever considered the notion that the fewer the ingredients, the less likely you are to ingest a long list of additives? Although it may seem daunting to wend your way through the supermarket reading food labels, knowing exactly what you’re eating is an important step to good health.

    The American Heart Association® and The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention™ (CDC) list the recommended adequate amount of daily sodium as 1,500 milligrams or less. click for more

  • Celebrity Golf Invitat...
    The 25th annual Frank Sinatra Celebrity Invitational, benefiting the Barbara Sinatra Children’s Center for abused children, tees off February 21-23, 2013. Eagle Falls Golf Course and Fantasy Springs... click for more
  • Discover Art!
    The posh boutiques, upscale restaurants and glitzy galleries of El Paseo in Palm Desert couldn’t have asked for a better new neighbor. The Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, located at the... click for more
  • The Picture of Health
    Tom and Michael Rice, big dude and little dude, about to get totally tubular in a gnarly surf sesh at Seaside, dude. TRANSLATION:Tom and Michael Rice, father and son, enjoy an early November surf... click for more

Eisenhower Medical Center Now Offering Driving Simulator/Driver Fitness Assessment Program

Eisenhower Medical Center recently acquired Advanced Therapy Products WT -2000 Interactive Driving Simulator featuring the STISIM Drive™ Interactive Software. Developed for evaluating human subject impairment and proficiency, the STISIM Drive is based on more than 35 years of published research on vehicle dynamics and driver behavior and is used by driver rehabilitation programs for evaluating driver performance, and selection and training on adaptive driving controls.

The WT -2000 Interactive Driving Simulators can assess cognitive and psychomotor capability on a day-to-day basis. In addition to standard driving scenarios, the STISIM Drive software allows the user to conveniently customize an assessment to a specific driver’s needs. It can record a wide variety of driver performance measures (number and type of accidents, lane deviation, speed control, divided attention, reaction time, accident avoidance and more) and provides a detailed, printable report. Plus, the ‘replay’ feature can store and rerun every scenario exactly how it was driven for patient performance review and education.

These versatile systems provide a full-color ‘virtual’ world with all the sights and sounds of a real driving experience — even a ‘virtual’ rear-view mirror! During your ‘virtual’ drive you can turn corners, change lanes, speed-up, slow-down, stop and start — all the things you do in a real car.

Occupational Therapists in Eisenhower’s Rehabilitation Department use this device as part of a comprehensive evaluation of their patient’s physical, cognitive, and perceptual motor skills and abilities that impact their driving performance. Therapists use the device as part of therapy programs to work on progression of these areas while patients benefit by experiencing and becoming aware of their own abilities in a controlled environment.

This simulator compliments the existing AARP/AAA Car-Fit Program, which is a program designed to evaluate a mature drivers’ fit to their car. Changes in vision, strength, range of motion, and even height may make older drivers less comfortable and reduce their control behind the wheel. Eisenhower’s Occupational Therapists are trained to provide a quick yet comprehensive check on how well seniors work with their vehicles, and provide specific practical community resources to help older drivers maintain safe and independent driving. In addition, some patients may require a behind-the-wheel assessment.

If you are concerned about your driving skills, or those of a loved one, contact your primary care physician to discuss the next step. For more information, please call 760-773-1630.