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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Winter Hydration & the Elderly

Most of us think about the importance of staying hydrated during the hot summer months when the sun is beating down and the temperatures are high. It is equally imperative that we drink enough water during the colder months of the year, and especially so for the elderly population. The ingestion of enough water, whether through direct liquids or as...
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Arthritis and How to Find Relief

Arthritis is a very common, albeit very misunderstood disease. Arthritis refers to a myriad of joint diseases or joint pain – more than 100 different types exist according to the Arthritis Foundation . The most familiar symptoms of arthritis are pain and swelling in the joints of a person's hands, feet, knees, elbows, shoulders, hips or even the ne...
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The Power of Music Therapy

Music is an amazing tool that has the ability to influence our emotions. For thousands of years, music has been a way for people to connect, express their emotions and communicate stories and traditions. A song with just the right rhythm can get us on our feet and dancing, while a powerful aria can bring us to tears and leave us breathless. Researc...
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Interdisciplinary Care in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Skilled nursing facilities like Heritage Health provide a wide range of medical and nursing services to persons either recovering from short-term illness or injury, as well as mature adults who are unable to care for themselves because of a chronic medical condition. 24-hour medical services are performed by highly trained nursing staff, including ...
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The Importance of Dental Health for Seniors

Taking care of your teeth is important at any age. Brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly are tasks we have to perform as children, adults and as senior citizens. For older Americans, continuing to care for their mouths, teeth and gums can have a significant effect on their overall health. A healthy mouth is a harbinger of general hea...
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Keeping Your Brain Healthy

Keeping your brain healthy is something many of us do not think much about on a daily basis. We think about physical health and general medical health, but not necessarily how we should be strengthening our brains. While there are a number of neurological disorders (Alzheimer's disease, Parkinsons' disease or dementia) that can affect brain functio...
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Anxiety in the Elderly & How to Help

Anxiety is defined as a "feeling of worry, nervousness or unease; often related to an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome". Sounds innocuous enough – we have all experienced the nervous sensation of butterflies in our stomach before a big life event or an increased heart rate during a presentation at work. When we can't control th...
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How a Flu Shot Can Protect Seniors Against More than Just the Flu

The single best protection against seasonal influenza is getting a flu shot. Flu season can begin as early as October and last well into the spring, as far as May depending on the severity of the flu that season. Millions of Americans suffer through a bout of this viral infection every season, but making the visit to your doctor or local pharmacy t...
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October is Physical Therapy Month

October is Physical Therapy Month, and a great time to shed some light on the benefits of this kind of therapy on the senior population. The RESTORE Therapy program at Heritage Health locations throughout Illinois provides a wide berth of therapy services, including physical, occupational, speech and respiratory. A myriad of diagnoses is included i...
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