The 4 Most Common Complications of Diabetes

Since today is World Diabetes Day, it is especially fitting to talk about the serious — and common — complications this disease can cause. Diabetes affects the blood, but its complications are not limited to blood-related issues, such as hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Blood nourishes every cell of the body, and therefore diabetes can disrupt…

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Honoring Veteran’s Day

On this Veteran’s Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have scarified so much that we can live free.

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National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

The month of November is known as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. President Ronald Reagan made that designation in 1983 and it is something that is still recognized today. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, at that time there were less than two million people with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that leads to memory,…

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Short-Term Rehab Improves Outcomes for Hospitalized Seniors  

A hospital stay is almost always traumatic for an older person. But going home is not necessarily much easier. There may be new medications to manage, new dietary restrictions to implement, new wounds to treat, follow-up appointments to make, and even in-house repairs to make, such as installing grab bars or ramps. So difficult is…

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Top Three Reasons People Contract Frequent Colds

It is well-known that elderly people are more susceptible to colds and illnesses, and that colds tend to last longer as we age. Getting a cold now and then is, of course, quite common and nothing to be concerned about. However, if an individual gets colds frequently, it is important to look for factors that…

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Breakthrough in Treatment of Osteoarthritis

More than 30 million people in the United States currently suffer from osteoarthritis, a disease that targets the joints and cartilage. Osteoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative condition, and the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is incurable, and the best we can do for this condition is to manage the pain. However, research published in…

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The Emotional Costs of Heart Failure

Heart failure is a condition in which the heart is not strong enough to pump as much blood as the body needs. The heart is a muscle, but unlike other muscles, it doesn’t get stronger the harder it works. Instead, as it works harder to pump blood, it gets weaker, not stronger. As the heart…

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6 Surprising Causes of Heart Palpitations

With heart disease the leading cause of death in the US, people are right to be concerned if their heartbeat ever feels “funny.” Heart palpitations, when the heart skips a beat, flutters, or beats too hard or too fast, can occur for many reasons, only some of which require medical attention. Many people feel heart…

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Getting Your Loved One the Care They Need 

Helping a loved one navigate the world of Medicare or Medicaid involves becoming familiar with a variety of acronyms, including ADL and IADL. While these two may sound similar, knowing the difference determine what type of care your loved one can get — and whether it’s covered. ADLs ADL stands for Activities of Daily Living.…

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The Joyful Nursing Home

Depression affects nearly one out of every five American seniors, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. At greater risk are seniors with at least one chronic condition, those becoming increasingly dependent on others for their care, and people who are disabled. Because of this extra risk, we at Hamilton Grove Healthcare and Rehabilitation…

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