Health Tips

National Nutrition Month

“Eat Right, Bite by Bite!” March is National Nutrition Month! We encourage everyone to focus on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

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Honoring Low Vision Awareness Month

By 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, the number of Americans who have visual impairments is projected to reach 7.2 million, with 5 million having low vision. Low vision is when even with regular glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery, people have difficulty seeing, which makes everyday tasks difficult to do. For people…

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Memoir Writing for Older Adults

Memoir Writing for Older Adults

  When we connect to others on a deep level, we feel “heard” and understood. As a person ages, life can become lonely and connecting to others a more difficult feat. One way to connect to others as an older adult is through a memoir writing class or activity.   Given a piece of paper…

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It’s Time for Cardiac Rehab

  Heart-healthy Recipes. Resistance training exercises. Get a walking partner. Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise per week. These recommendations constantly flash before our eyes persuading us to change our sedentary lifestyle and turn onto a path of health. Despite the fact that cardiovascular disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United…

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Recreational Therapy Month

Recreational Therapy Month raises awareness about the positive and pivotal impact of therapeutic recreation programs and services in improving health and well-being. Over the years, recreational therapy has become an important component of quality patient care.

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Exercise is Critical for Seniors

  Aging presents many challenges to individuals striving to maintain physical fitness due to the natural decline in maximal heart rate, lung function, aerobic capacity, etc.  Joint injuries, arthritis, and fracture risks may prevent older adults from performing regular physical activity. But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the loss of…

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Art Therapy for Dementia

  Alzheimer’s Disease is just one form of dementia.  Other forms include vascular dementia, alcohol-related dementia, Parkinson’s dementia, and frontotemporal dementia. But art therapy is blind to the causes of a patient’s dementia. In fact, it has proven to be an effective communication tool to help individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as well as…

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Compression Fractures in Elderly Women

One slip on the bathroom tile. Bending down to pick up a shoe. Sliding backward on a sheet of ice. In a split second, each of these scenarios can cause a compression fracture and wreak havoc on a person’s daily life functioning. Unfortunately, compression fractures in elderly women are common.   In fact, forty percent…

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When Older Adults Fall

    Slipping on the bathroom tile is not pleasant for any person. But for older adults, a fall could likely result in a broken hip, expensive medical care, and long-term recovery. According to the CDC, more than one in four older adults over age 65 years fall each year. When older adults fall, the…

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Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Feelings of irritation or sadness can creep up on a person and soon, completely take over, interfering with a person’s daily functioning. Sometimes there are no external reasons to account for these overall “off” feelings. But when these feelings persist over time, especially during the fall and winter months, the diagnosis is often seasonal affective…

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