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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 & 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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