69 years old - Saugus, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Patient Stays Active by Walking and Traveling
Elaine Arangio is a 69-year-old patient who lives in Saugus, Massachusetts, and has been on dialysis for the last three years since high blood pressure led to kidney failure. She currently receives in-center hemodialysis treatment at Fresenius Medical Care Stoneham.
Elaine walks almost every day, especially if the weather is nice, and she also strolls around the mall on Fridays with her friends. She said that regular exercise is important to her because it makes her feel better and helps her maintain a good energy level throughout the day.
Elaine recently went on a vacation to Disney World in Florida with her children and grandchildren, and she used Fresenius Medical Care's Patient Travel Service to arrange for treatments during the trip. At first she was hesitant to go on such a long trip, but she worked with a social worker at her facility to build up her strength and confidence. To help prepare, she took short trips to nearby states, including Maine and New Hampshire, and became more comfortable with receiving dialysis treatments in clinics away from home.