CPAP Support Group Forming

October 22, 2012

The first meeting of the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) support group is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14 at noon in the Senior Health Partners’ office at Burnham Brook Center.  The monthly gatherings will be open forums on topics of interest to those who attend.

This first meeting will feature Stacy Owens, LRT, RRT from Lifespan and Gwen Clayton, RPSGT of the Bronson Battle Creek Sleep Center.  They will discuss easing your way into and getting the most out of your CPAP program.  

CPAP uses a continuous positive pressure to keep the airway open while you sleep.  It is particularly useful for those suffering from breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea.  During sleep, the upper airway can be obstructed by excessive tissue or may be blocked when your throat muscles relax and collapse during sleep.  When you stop breathing, known as apnea, your brain sends impulses to wake you up, causing your breathing to begin again.  That process continues many times during your sleep cycle, which can cause sleep deprivation.  

To correct those interruptions in sleep, CPAP, as the name implies, sends a constant stream of air into the throat pushing anything that obstructs breathing out of the way.

Research shows that CPAP decreases daytime sleepiness, and is considered the most effective non-surgical treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.  

For more information about joining this support group, please call (269) 441-9082.

Senior Health Partners, a community partnership of Bronson Battle Creek, CentraCare, Region 3B Area Agency on Aging, and Summit Pointe, works to expand wellness and educational offerings to senior citizens in Calhoun and surrounding counties.  

Bronson Battle Creek is a 218-bed hospital that provides full outpatient and inpatient acute care including robotic surgery, diagnostics, and rehabilitation services; 100% all private rooms.  It also offers world-class diagnostic capabilities including PET/CT imaging, freestanding ‘open’ and traditional MRI, CT (16- and 64-slice), and 3.0 Tesla MRI.  Bronson Battle Creek has been recognized nationally as one of the safest hospitals, and has been a leader in the development of electronic health records as evidenced by multiple honors as one of America’s ‘most wired’ and ‘most wireless’ hospitals. The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons recognizes the Bronson Battle Creek Cancer Care Center as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program, and the only hospital in Michigan to receive the CoC’s Outstanding Achievement Award three times in a row. Specialty services include inpatient behavioral health, the county’s largest accredited sleep center, and a wound-healing center with hyperbaric oxygen therapy.  For nine years, Bronson Healthcare has been included on Working Mother magazine’s 100 Best Companies list as a leading family friendly employer.


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