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Older Adults and High Cholesterol

Posted by Helen Beamer on May 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Growing old has its advantages: the wisdom of life experiences, the leisure of retirement, the joys of grandchildren and the benefits of senior discounts. On the other hand, growing old increases the likelihood of health concerns.

Data from Medicare show 80 percent of adults 65+ have at least one chronic condition. In addition, the most common health issue for adults 65 and older is high blood pressure, while the second is high cholesterol. According to the National Institutes of Health, 62 percent of adults age 50+ have high cholesterol. Similar to high blood pressure, high cholesterol causes no symptoms but can lead to impaired heart health.

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Topics: Aging, Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

A Nurse’s Perspective: How to Nurture Your Body, Mind and Spirit

Posted by Helen Beamer on May 8, 2017 at 9:00 AM

A nurse’s role includes many responsibilities: getting patients’ health histories, administering medications and treatments, performing diagnostic tests, and collaborating with doctors and the health care team. Nurses teach patients and families how to manage health conditions. Nurses work in all kinds of settings including hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, schools and government agencies. Skilled home health and hospice nurses take their skills on the road and provide care at their patients’ homes.

At the heart of it, nurses are caregivers. They juggle a lot of duties and mounds of paperwork as they give patients the very best care. Nurses are dedicated professionals. However, while caring for others is rewarding, it also can be tiring.

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

Spring Activities for Seniors

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on May 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Spring has sprung! It’s time to shake off winter’s doldrums and get active. Whether you’re looking to invigorate the daily routine of yourself, your parent, your grandparent or all of the above, we have a list of ideas to ease into healthy movement.

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

Will You Get Dementia From Soda?

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on April 27, 2017 at 9:05 AM

You may have seen it on the news or social media – two new studies suggest soda pop may be linked to stroke and dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. The studies appeared in the journals Stroke and Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

If you’re a soda pop drinker – sugary or diet – this may give you pause for thought. Here are four things to consider:

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Topics: Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

The Three R’s of Caregiving

Posted by Helen Beamer on March 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM

You’ve heard of the three R’s of education: reading, writing and ‘rithmetic. You probably know about the three R’s of recycling: reduce, reuse and recycle. Having a list of three R’s can help us recall and prioritize what is most important.

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Topics: Caregiving, Healthy Living

Dementia Isn’t Just a Memory Disorder

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on March 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Memory loss is the most commonly known disability connected with dementia. Yet, dementia is so much more than just a memory disorder. Here are some other types of disorders that may occur with dementia:

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Topics: Aging, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Healthy Living

The Silent Thief of Sight: What You Need to Know About Glaucoma

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 13, 2017 at 9:00 AM

It’s the second leading cause of blindness in the world – glaucoma. And it affects more and more people every year. In 2013, an estimated 64 million adults 40-80 years old had glaucoma. That number is expected to rise to 76 million by 2020. Here is what you need to know the so-called “silent thief of sight.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Social Workers Stand Up for You

Posted by Helen Beamer on March 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

If you stop to think about it, you can probably recall a time a social worker made a life-changing difference for you, your loved ones or your neighbors. Consider the social worker who fielded an emotional hotline call about mental health services. What about the social worker who reviewed that lengthy, complicated Medicaid application?
Maybe it was the school social worker who counseled an errant child about behavior concerns. Or perhaps a social worker who led the grief counseling sessions you attended after a loved one died.

Given all the impact social workers have on us personally and the world at large, it’s good to take a few moments during Social Work Month to applaud their strengths:

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Topics: Aging, Safety, Healthy Living

Top Walker Safety Tips for Seniors

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Walkers can help seniors remain independent and safe by providing stability and assurance. If not used properly, though, walkers and other assistive walking devices can cause the accidents they were meant to prevent. It’s crucial to select a walker suited to your needs, learn how to use it correctly and maintain the walker's integrity.

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Topics: Aging, Fall Prevention, Safety, Healthy Living

Hypertension: The Silent Strain of High Blood Pressure

Posted by Sharon Holmes, director of nursing and accreditation on February 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM

You may feel perfectly fine, happily unaware your circulatory system is under stress from high blood pressure. Due to busy schedules and daily concerns, it can be easy to overlook a health concern like high blood pressure, since it usually has no apparent symptoms.

One in three adults has high blood pressure, and another one in three has prehypertension – a condition in which blood pressure is higher than normal. Do the math, and you will see that two of every three adults should be taking steps to control their blood pressure levels.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

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