Health Care As It Should Be June 2014

Upcoming Events

  • For information call the number listed, or visit Most events require early pre-registration, unless otherwise stated.

    Quit Smoking Now! Series LC
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Advances in the Treatment of Lung Cancer LC
    TU, Jun 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Summer Food Safety Tips AC
    TU, Jun 17, 11 a.m. to noon
    Rosalind Elemy, Registered Dietitian
    760-610-7205 Read More

    Chronic Pain Slowing You Down?
    TH, Jun 19 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Eisenhower Desert Orthopedic Center, 3rd Floor Learning Center
    Hazmer Cassim, DO and P. Jeffrey Smith, DO
    760- 766-1207  Read More

    Advances in the Treatment of Metastatic Prostate Cancer LC
    TU, Jun 24, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Sex After Breast Cancer LC
    W, Jun 25, noon to 1:30 p.m.
    Nina Grace Ruedas, Desert Center for Sexuality Awareness
    760-834-3798. Complimentary light lunch; register by Jun 23. Read More

    Coping with a Loved One’s Metastatic Prostate Cancer LC
    CancerCare® Live, Interactive Teleconference
    F, Jun 27, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Gastric Cancer: Current Perspectives and Treatment Options LC
    CancerCare® Live, Interactive Teleconference
    M, Jun 30, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Primary Care Q&A Session with Dr. Allison Lovell MZ
    TH, Jul 10, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Allison Lovell, MD, Internal Medicine
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke AC
    TH, Jul 10, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Deborah Bayer, RN, BSN, CCRN, Stroke Program Coordinator
    760-834-7956; register by Jul 9. Read More

    Bariatric Surgery Information AC
    SA, Jul 12, 10 a.m. to noon, or Read More
    W, Jul 23, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Read More
    Bobby Bhaskar-Rao, MD, General Surgery

    Eating Seasonally: Fantastic Foods of the Summer AC
    Great Living Starts Here
    TU, Jul 15, 11 a.m. to noon
    Maureen McCarthy, RD, Registered Dietitian
    760-610-7205; register by Jul 15. Read More


    AC Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
    LC Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
    LQ Eisenhower George and Julia Argyros Health Center, La Quinta
    MZ Mizell Senior Center, Palm Springs

    Would you like to have someone from Eisenhower Medical Center speak to your organization on a health-related topic? Please contact Vanessa Shanks at 760-834-7956 for more information.




Swing Dancing

Uplifting Music, Great Exercise!

Dancing is one of the most satisfying forms of expression — a marriage of movement and music, both scripted and improvised. Young children introduced to music and rhythm are often compelled to move, simply because they are responding to how the music and beat make them feel. There is an exhilaration and freedom that comes with dancing, and one of the greatest examples of this freedom grew out of jazz and jazz-inspired music during the 1920s and 30s.

One of the most famous dances of the swing era was an energetic, African-American inspired dance called the Lindy Hop. Originating in Harlem, the Lindy was a fusion of dances like the breakaway, the Charleston, the Texas Tommy and the hop. But the dance moves were as varied as the neighborhoods in which the dancers lived, influencing Lindy enthusiasts to create new moves like side flips, aerials and over the back throws. The sky was the limit as far as Lindy dancers were concerned, and their gymnastic-like moves rocked clubs and dance houses across the country.

Swing dance jargon and the names of dances vary, depending on location. Some of the more common names are: East Coast Swing; Shag (the Carolinas); Whip or Push (Texas); DC Hand Dance (Washington, D.C.); and West Coast Swing, the official dance of California.

Swing Dancing Today
Swing dancing is alive and well throughout the United States and countries around the world.

If you’re new to the dance world, consider taking dance lessons. Many dance clubs provide weekly opportunities to dance for both members and guests with fees ranging from $5 to $10. Lessons, group and individual, are also available.

If you’re a veteran dancer, invite your friends to join you for swing dance outings and plan weekly or bi-weekly dance nights.

Local Dance News
Local dance opportunities abound in the Coachella Valley, including the Desert Swing Dance Club and Palm Springs Dancers. Each group has a Web site with information about weekly and holiday-themed dances. lists local dancing organizations and upcoming events. Some organizations offer complimentary group lessons prior to the evening’s dance time, and there are listings for private dance lessons as well.

Ann McGowan, president of the Desert Swing Dance Club which focuses on West Coast Swing, first started dancing as an outlet from her duties as a caregiver for her father who had Alzheimer’s. “Dancing is a great way to meet people and to stay connected,” says McGowan. “You really listen to the music and get involved with it. You have to pay attention to your dance partner and to the dance signals. West Coast Swing is challenging, both physically and intellectually, stimulating your mind and body.”

McGowan says dancing is great exercise and a healthy way to stay active. “It’s just been a Godsend to me,” she explains. “Not only have I met extraordinarily good friends but it has really helped my physicality. It’s great physical therapy for balance and aging issues.”

Dance at Home
For the times when you aren’t able to attend a dance club, practice your moves in the comfort of your home. If you tossed out your favorite swing music records, or if you never owned any in the first place, the Internet has a wealth of music from which to choose. Clear an adequate space in your living room or other area — wooden floors are best — and move, move, move! Stay hydrated, wear comfortable clothes and shoes, and stretch your muscles when you’re finished. Most of all, remember to enjoy yourself!