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Healthy Lung Month & Respiratory Therapy

From a health observance prospective, October is often most associated with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But there is another important observance happening in October – Healthy Lung Month. Most of us probably do not pay our lungs much attention unless we experience trouble breathing. The most basic function of our lungs is to provide oxygen to o...
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Vitamins & Minerals for Seniors

We all have heard that we need lots of good vitamins and minerals as part of our diet and daily routine. Do you know the difference between these two materials? What are the most important ones as we age vs. when we are younger and developing? A quick definition of a vitamin is that they are organic materials. That means they can be broken down by ...
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Preventing Falls in Older Adults

Fall has arrived, and while we welcome this kind of fall, the kind that involves injuries to seniors is not desirable. According to the National Council on Aging , falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Fall Facts Here are a few facts as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: One i...
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The Benefits of Yoga for Seniors

Yoga and Seniors Yoga has been around for thousands of years. The yoga discipline originated in India and is defined as a system of physical and mental exercises that bring the body and mind together into a harmonious experience. In Sanskrit, yoga means to unite various parts to create balance in the mind, body and spirit. September celebrates Nati...
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Osteoporosis, Prevention & the Elderly

Bones are living tissues that are always changing. Our bones continue to grow and strengthen throughout our lives. A person achieves "peak bone mass" in their early 20s, this is when our bones are at their most dense. During a process called remodeling, our bones are dissolving and growing new cells .This process continues as we age and is necessar...
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Charlie’s Retirement + Benefits of Pet Therapy

Pet therapy is a scientifically proven method of therapy that offers tremendous benefits to people of all ages. It is proven to: Lower blood pressure Improve heart health Diminish physical pain Induce feelings of relaxation and promote stress relief Let's not forget that the act of petting a furry critter, whether it be a dog, cat, llama, horse, he...
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Aging and Vision: Common Senior Eye Diseases

Around age 40, a person's vision starts to change. Trouble seeing up close can require the use of special glasses or multi-focal contacts. Other common changes a person might notice as they age is a diminished ability to see colors or adjust to glare . These are normal occurrences that do not stop a person from living an active life. Common Eye Dis...
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Aging & Our Sense of Smell

Our sense of smell is one of our five senses. It is an important sense that can help alert us to potential threats: gas leaks, rotten food or the smell of a fire. It is also closely tied to parts of the brain that process memories and emotions. Like music, particular smells can trigger good or bad memories. Like many things that change as we age, o...
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Spring Cleaning for Your Senior Loved One

Spring is the season of rebirth. The trees, flowers and grasses are blooming and we all have a feeling of starting anew. While the winter months make us want to hibernate and hoard, spring brings the opportunity to clean out our metaphorical nests and start this season fresh. Studies have shown that cleaning, organization and de-cluttering your liv...
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Celebrate Occupational Therapy Month

Every April we celebrate Occupational Therapy Month. This month recognizes the profession, the dedicated therapists and the therapy itself. Occupational therapy is a cornerstone of the RESTORE Therapy program at Heritage Health facilities across Illinois. What is occupational therapy? Occupational therapy helps people of all ages regain their abili...
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Sleep Patterns and Seniors

Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins this weekend. Clocks will lurch forward one hour, with longer days ahead and more sunshine on the horizon. While the loss of one hour of sleep is regrettable, the promise of spring's arrival makes getting fewer " zzzzzzs " easier to handle. One hour of time change may not seem like a big deal, but the changes it c...
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Dialysis Services at Heritage Health in Pana

The Dorothy Klindworth Dialysis Unit opened at Heritage Health in Pana in 2010. Its purpose is to provide affordable dialysis services to seniors in need. Dorothy was a resident at Heritage Health, who had to travel several times a week for her dialysis treatment. The nursing staff noticed the constant trips to an outpatient facility were creating ...
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Protecting Elderly People’s Skin During the Winter

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and more fragile. It's a common occurrence due to the natural aging process, sun exposure over time and even genetics. For elderly persons, the harsh conditions of winter can make that already delicate skin more vulnerable to injury. For some, dry skin can be caused by health problems (diabetes or kidney disease)...
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Keeping Seniors Safe in Freezing Cold Temperatures

As temperatures in the Midwest continue to hover in the danger zone, knowing how to keep the elderly population safe is of the utmost concern. The sub-zero temperatures are of most concern right now, however, the winter season in general can be dangerous for the elderly. Hypothermia Hypothermia is a condition where a person's core body temperature ...
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Dehydration: A Common Winter Woe Among the Elderly

Most of us are aware that the heat of summer can pose a huge risk of dehydration for the elderly. As temperatures soar, our bodies work harder to keep us cool by sweating—and that's just one way we lose water. We also need water for bodily functions such as digestion, nutrient absorption and transportation, circulation, and body temperature mainten...
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Choosing a Skilled Nursing Facility for Short-Term Therapy

Nursing homes, now more commonly known as skilled nursing facilities (SNF), are a far cry from the converted homes where seniors who needed care lived 50 years ago. Skilled nursing facilities today offer various levels of care, modern amenities and thriving activities for short-term recovery . Seniors today want to recover quickly and return home, ...
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How to Help Seniors Beat the Holiday Blues

The Christmas season seems to start earlier and earlier every year. Stores begin to display holiday décor and gift ideas in the fall, sometimes even before Halloween! Many people love this time of year and revel in the early decorating and extension of the season. However, despite the magic and excitement that accompanies this festive time of year,...
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Cholesterol and the Elderly

Cholesterol is a waxy, fatlike substance found in all the cells in our bodies. Our brains are largely made up of cholesterol… who knew! It is an essential fat we need to make Vitamin D, hormones and other substances that help us digest food. Our bodies make all the cholesterol it needs without any supplements, but because it is found in many foods ...
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How to Avoid Getting a Cold this Season

As the season slowly ticks toward winter, that also means we are moving into cold and flu season. If you haven't already received your flu shot, it's not too late! The Centers for Disease Control report that a flu shot reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% in the overall population. It's definitely worthwhile to schedule a flu shot...
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Vohra Certification Received at Heritage Health in Springfield

Heritage Health in Springfield has been certified by Vohra Wound Physicians as a Center of Excellence for Wound Management. Only 10% of Vohra's skilled nursing facility partners have qualified for this annual certification. Heritage facility places a top priority on healing and rehabilitating our residents to return them to their homes. We admit pa...
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