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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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Arthritis and How to Find Relief

Arthritis is a very common, albeit very misunderstood disease. Arthritis refers to a myriad of joint diseases or joint pain – more than 100 different types exist according to the Arthritis Foundation . The most familiar symptoms of arthritis are pain and swelling in the joints of a person's hands, feet, knees, elbows, shoulders, hips or even the ne...
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The Power of Music Therapy

Music is an amazing tool that has the ability to influence our emotions. For thousands of years, music has been a way for people to connect, express their emotions and communicate stories and traditions. A song with just the right rhythm can get us on our feet and dancing, while a powerful aria can bring us to tears and leave us breathless. Researc...
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Interdisciplinary Care in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities like Heritage Health provide a wide range of medical and nursing services to persons either recovering from short-term illness or injury, as well as mature adults who are unable to care for themselves because of a chronic medical condition. 24-hour medical services are performed by highly trained nursing staff, including ...
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The Importance of Dental Health for Seniors

Taking care of your teeth is important at any age. Brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly are tasks we have to perform as children, adults and as senior citizens. For older Americans, continuing to care for their mouths, teeth and gums can have a significant effect on their overall health. A healthy mouth is a harbinger of general hea...
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Memorial Hospice at Heritage

Hospice Care is a subject that is difficult to broach. Thinking about end of life care is hard for people to consider because it means they will soon lose a beloved family member or friend. Hospice care is just that – CARE. The focus is on caring for, not curing, people who are terminally ill by providing medical, emotional and spiritual support so...
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Keeping Your Brain Healthy

Keeping your brain healthy is something many of us do not think much about on a daily basis. We think about physical health and general medical health, but not necessarily how we should be strengthening our brains. While there are a number of neurological disorders (Alzheimer's disease, Parkinsons' disease or dementia) that can affect brain functio...
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Anxiety in the Elderly & How to Help

Anxiety is defined as a "feeling of worry, nervousness or unease; often related to an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome". Sounds innocuous enough – we have all experienced the nervous sensation of butterflies in our stomach before a big life event or an increased heart rate during a presentation at work. When we can't control th...
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How a Flu Shot Can Protect Seniors Against More than Just the Flu

The single best protection against seasonal influenza is getting a flu shot. Flu season can begin as early as October and last well into the spring, as far as May depending on the severity of the flu that season. Millions of Americans suffer through a bout of this viral infection every season, but making the visit to your doctor or local pharmacy t...
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October is Physical Therapy Month

October is Physical Therapy Month, and a great time to shed some light on the benefits of this kind of therapy on the senior population. The RESTORE Therapy program at Heritage Health locations throughout Illinois provides a wide berth of therapy services, including physical, occupational, speech and respiratory. A myriad of diagnoses is included i...
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Fall Foods to Boost Your Immune System

Now that autumn has arrived, the literal fruits of the harvest are upon us. There is a virtual cornucopia of super foods that not only taste delicious, but are beneficial to boosting our immune systems. With cold and flu season just around the corner, adding healthy options into your diet can do more than spice up your daily culinary intake. For el...
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Caregiver Support & Tips for Success

In the United States alone, there are over 43 million Americans serving as family caregivers for an ill or disabled loved one, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. Of that number, about 34 million provide unpaid care to adults ages 50 and over, and nearly half of these adult family caregivers are caring for someone with Alzheimer's di...
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Seasonal Allergies and the Elderly

Seasonal allergies … an annual recurrence that brings runny noses, sneezing and itchy eyes that water and burn. We all hope the symptoms and miseries of allergy season will pass us by, sparing us the congestion and endless doses of antihistamines. However, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American, roughly 50 million Americans suff...
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