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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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6 Must-Pack Items for Traveling with Alzheimer’s

Mom has Alzheimer’s, but you know she’d love to spend time with the family over the holidays. You’ve carefully planned the travel: you’re traveling less than four hours away, during the hours of the day when she is at her best, and you’ve incorporated lots of down time. Now it’s time to pack. Here are…

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Cardiac Rehabilitation for Heart Failure   

The leading cause of hospitalization in seniors is Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). CHF, also called Chronic Heart Failure, refers to a weakening of the heart that prevents it from pumping blood effectively. CHF must be caught as early as possible. It can be treated with a variety of medications, including beta-blockers, diuretics, and ACE inhibitors.…

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10 Important Foot Care Rules for Diabetics  

The elevated blood sugar levels associated with diabetes mellitus cause a range of complications. Between one-third and one-half of diabetics will develop peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage that usually affects the feet and legs. Diabetics also have reduced circulation, which in combination with peripheral neuropathy means that even minor foot issues can quickly become medical emergencies,…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis Reaches Beyond the Joints

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is usually associated with pain and swelling in the joints. However, it also causes long-term damage throughout the body. Unlike osteoarthritis, which is caused by wear and tear of the joints, RA is an autoimmune disease. This means that the disease causes the immune system to attack healthy tissue, mistaking it for…

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New Promise in Healing Paraplegia

While age is a risk factor for many serious diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, there are two other age-related conditions that impact our quality of life, even though they do not directly cause death. As we age, we lose muscle, and it is also common for bones to weaken, causing osteopenia or osteoporosis. This…

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Just the Facts

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a gastrointestinal disorder afflicting approximately 12% of adults in the United States. It is more commonly found in women than men: nearly twice as many women suffer from IBS as men. There are many theories about the cause of IBS, but currently scientists seem to be honing in on two…

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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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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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