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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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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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