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Shingles, The Vaccine and the Elderly

What is Shingles? You have likely heard a lot about shingles over the past few years. Shingles is a viral infection that causes a very painful rash. It can manifest anywhere on your body, although the torso and trunk of the body are where the rash and blisters most often appear. Shingles is causes by the same virus that causes chickenpox. This mean...
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Occupational Therapy & Living Skills Retraining

Living Skills Retraining is available at Heritage Health skilled nursing facilities throughout Illinois. What is Living Skills Retraining? It is part of our RESTORE Therapy program, occupational therapy to be more specific. This program helps seniors regain the confidence and skills needed to regain their ability to do daily activities on their own...
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Senior Sun Safety

Summer is in full swing, with many people spending a good amount of time outdoors soaking up the sun. We all know the importance of applying sunscreen and keeping our skin protected, whether you are at the beach or the pool, or just working in the yard, keeping yourself protected is critical. UV radiation (or ultraviolet light) is the number one ca...
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Independent Living Communities

In today's society, there are a variety of senior living options available for seniors. Depending on the level of care they require, options can include independent living, assisted living or supportive living, assisted lifestyle, short-term rehabilitation (therapy), short-term skilled nursing and long-term skilled care. Independent living is the m...
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How to Pay for Long-Term Care

Figuring out how to pay for healthcare late in life can be intimidating at best. With healthcare, insurance and legislation constantly in flux, sorting it all out can be confusing and emotionally taxing. One important step to reduce your stress is to do your homework before finding yourself caught in an emergency situation. Developing a plan of act...
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Respite Care for Seniors & Their Caregivers

With summer just over the horizon, vacations and holiday weekend trips are fast approaching. If you are the primary caregiver for an elderly loved one, respite care at Heritage Health is available to allow you time to take those vacations and recharge your batteries. What is respite care? It is a short-term admission to a skilled nursing facility (...
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May is Older Americans Month

Since 1963, Older Americans Month has been celebrated during the month of May. The start of this month came out of the realization that persons age 65 and older did not have significant programs to meet their needs. In the early 1960s, only about 17 million Americans were 65 or older and about one-third of them lived in poverty without resources av...
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VitalStim Therapy Services

VitalStim Therapy is available as part of the RESTORE Therapy program at multiple Heritage Health locations. VitalStim Therapy is a therapeutic intervention for the management of dysphagia and difficulty swallowing. VitalStim Therapy uses small electrical currents to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing. At the same time, trained specia...
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Varicose Veins & Venous Insufficiency

Varicose Veins You likely have heard of varicose veins, have them yourself or have seen them on someone else. Varicose veins are large, twisted veins that have become elongated or thickened that are not able to properly control blood flow. These damaged veins most often occur in the legs and are visible on the surface of the skin. Varicose veins an...
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Senior Nutrition & The Importance of Fiber

Nutrition is an important topic for people of all ages, and especially now as March is National Nutrition Month. As we move from infancy through childhood and then become adults, our dietary needs shift as our bodies change with age. The foods we ate when we were younger can often leave us feeling ill and out of sorts if we eat them when we are old...
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National Nutrition Month

March heralds the first stirrings of spring – the days become noticeably longer and the chill of winter is slowly starting to dissipate. Spring signals a new beginning for nature and for us – as we shake off the doldrums of winter we begin a new season of growth. During National Nutrition Month, we turn our focus to better eating habits and making ...
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New St. Clara's Rehab & Senior Care Now Open

If you live in the Lincoln community, over the past few months you have probably seen the progress on the build of the new St. Clara's Rehab & Senior Care. We are excited to report that residents are now moved into their new home, located at 1450 Castle Manor Drive. The new location is right next to Castle Manor Supportive Living in Lincoln. Al...
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Dark Chocolate: Health Benefits

Just about everyone loves chocolate. Anyone with a sweet tooth likely has a favorite chocolate treat or brand they most enjoy. Worldwide, more than $75 billion is spent on chocolate delights every year! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, you can be sure that a lot of chocolate will be purchased, shared and consumed. But, not all chocolate...
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Heart Health Month: Foods for Heart Health

February heralds "Heart Health Month", a month filled with education about heart disease among both men and women and positive steps people can take to promote their own heart health. Heart disease refers to various medical conditions where the blood vessels and arteries in or near the heart become narrow, clogged or blocked. When this happens, oxy...
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Immune-Boosting Foods for Seniors

A strong immune system will help your body stay healthy throughout the year. Being resilient allows your body to fight off infections and other invasive bacteria that can cause illness. During the deep cold of winter, a hearty immune system is even more important to your overall health. Scientists have learned that it is more difficult to stay heal...
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RESTORE Therapy at Heritage: An Overview

Many seniors find they are in need of rehabilitative therapy services following surgery or after suffering an injury. Short-term therapy services, like RESTORE: Heritage Health Therapy, are designed to restore activities of daily living so patients can return home quickly and with confidence. Comprehensive therapy services can include physical, occ...
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Physical Therapy after a Fall

In the winter months, the danger of an elderly person experiencing a fall or another kind of injury related to the weather is greatly increased. Icy, wet surfaces are hazardous to anyone, but especially to an older person who may already have trouble with their balance. Navigating through piles of snow or working to clear a snowy sidewalk or drivew...
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Is that an Icicle on your Nose?

The blast of winter weather is in full swing, with low temperatures and bone-chilling winds sweeping much of the nation. Staying warm during these extremely cold days is important for all people, but especially for older adults who are more at risk from exposure to cold temperatures. When the mercury plummets, exposure to low temperatures is more o...
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Vitamin D Deficiency in Seniors

Vitamin D , often called the "sunshine vitamin" is a vital nutrient essential to helping our bodies stay healthy and strong. It is called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies produce it after our skin has been exposed to sunlight, and it is not found in a lot of the foods we consume. While Vitamin D is important for people of all ages, a person'...
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Winter Hydration & the Elderly

Most of us think about the importance of staying hydrated during the hot summer months when the sun is beating down and the temperatures are high. It is equally imperative that we drink enough water during the colder months of the year, and especially so for the elderly population. The ingestion of enough water, whether through direct liquids or as...
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