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Health and Isolation in Seniors

Recovering from a health episode that ends in hospitalization can be challenging for the best of us, but for seniors who are socially isolated and struggling with loneliness, readjustment can be especially difficult.  Isolation and loneliness increases the odds that...

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Holiday Festivities and Seniors

When we think about the holidays and the festivities, so much comes to mind: traditions and good food, thanksgiving turkey and trimmings, kids tearing through wrapping paper, tree lights and favorite movies, good times with good friends, and finding the perfect gift...

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Bone Health for Seniors

  Our bones are alive and are living tissue. When we are young and growing, our bodies break down the old bone and replace it with new bone. Around age 30, our bone mass stops increasing and more bone breaks down than is being replaced. Our goal for bone health should...

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Dealing with Grief

Grief can have a devastating impact on the immune systems of seniors, and may explain why many older spouses soon die after the loss of their loved ones. Studies show that one reason is that a type of white blood cell, the neutrophil, can be weakened. This white blood...

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Communicating with Seniors

   Communication is a way humans interact and relate to each other.  As we grow older, the way we communicate may change and the strategies we use to communicate to seniors may need to change as well. Communication needs for seniors can sometimes change slowly and...

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Incontinence in Seniors

Bladder incontinence is a highly prevalent disease that not only affects a senior’s health, but impacts their daily lives emotionally, socially, and economically.  Many attribute incontinence with aging, however, it is not an inevitable part of aging. What happens:...

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Preventing Dehydration in Seniors

Dehydration: Its Dangers and Ways to Prevent It Dehydration can be dangerous for seniors, but it is preventable.  Water is so vital for our bodies to function well. We lose about  68 ounces of water a day, mostly through perspiration, respiration, and urination. As...

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Hearing Loss

  Presbycusis is a gradual loss of hearing that may come with age. It can be caused by changes in the inner ear, auditory nerve, middle ear, or outer ear. Hearing loss can also be caused by loud noise exposure, heredity, head injury, infection, illness, some...

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Making Exercise a Habit

I am not much of an athlete, but summers get me in the spirit of fitness and exercise.  If you remember a couple years ago, a record was set by a centenarian!  Diana Gould became the oldest Olympic torch bearer at 100 years of age.  Like most older adults who are...

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Summer, Seniors and Safety

Do you remember your summer time with the Seniors in your life? Images of the water, lazy days, stories and cool drinks swirl in my head when I think about summer.  Indeed summer can be fun and may allow for more time to spend with our families and seniors.  You may...

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