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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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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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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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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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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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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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