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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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Breast Cancer & the Elderly

The month of October is known for its beautiful fall foliage; colors of yellow, orange and red that dominate the landscape as autumn unfolds. In recent years, a new color has become a regular part of this scene: pink. Symbolizing breast cancer awareness, the color pink now appears throughout the month of October as a symbol of the fight to end brea...
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The Evolution of a Heritage of Care

Finding a company you trust is important. Especially when the care of your mother, father, husband or wife is concerned. Placing any family member in the care of others can be a difficult decision, whether they are in need of long-term care or short-term care. Heritage is a company that has been specifically serving the senior population for more t...
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The Importance of a Balanced Weight in the Elderly

All of us experience weight gain and weight loss throughout our lives. Pregnancy, illness, athletic training, puberty and aging can all cause weight fluctuations in our bodies. Maintaining a healthy weight is a focus for all of us, but especially for aging seniors who can be more at risk for complications from major weight changes. Weight changes i...
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What is Respiratory Therapy?

We are all familiar with three very common areas of senior adult rehabilitative therapy: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. These areas are all vital in helping a person recover from an illness or injury, and are different for everyone depending on their situation. Someone who suffered a stroke may need all three areas of th...
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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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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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