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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Importance of Friendship

Sunday, August 6 th , celebrates Friendship Day. Originally conceptualized by the greeting card industry as a marketing campaign to sell cards in the 1920s, it met little success. Even Joyce Hall, the founder of Hallmark, made a push in the 1930s to get Friendship Day off the ground, but her efforts too met with consumer resistance. By the 1940s, v...
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UV Safety Month

Summer is in full swing, which means long days of having fun in the sun!Due to the warm weather, and prolonged exposure to the sun, July is known as UV Safety Month.Let's take a few minutes to learn about UV rays, and how to protect yourself from them. UV stands for ultraviolet radiation, and is the culprit for most skin cancers.UV rays come from t...
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The Importance of Companionship

Friend, pal, buddy, confidant, companion.No matter what word you use for it, they all mean the same thing:a person with whom one spends a lot of time with and has a bond of mutual affection.Companionship is a vital aspect to human survival.People form friendships from very young ages throughout their entire life. The need for companionship in the e...
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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter is the best medicine … we've all heard this sentiment, but is there any truth to it? It would be hard to find a person who hasn't laughed so hard they had tears in their eyes, or had a sore stomach after a particularly long laughing fit. We all feel amazing after a good laugh, but is there any actual medical benefit to laughing? Fortunatel...
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Luck o' the Irish!

St. Patrick's Day – the day where people wear green, pinch people who aren't wearing green, eat corned beef and cabbage, and drink to their heart's desire.It might surprise some to know, that St. Patrick's Day was not always like this.Let's explore some history of this party filled day. We should start at the very beginning, and learn who St. Patri...
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Daylight Savings: Spring Forward!

Everyone looks forward to Daylight Savings Time. In the fall we receive the gift of an extra hour, resulting in a 25-hour day. That extra hour feels like a rare gift of time! In the spring, we often grumble about losing an hour of sleep, but relish that the evenings begin to last longer. As springtime moves into summer, the longer hours of daylight...
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Preserving your Family Stories

On February 26 th , we celebrate National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. While the original creator of this day is unknown, what we do know is that telling stories is an age-old tradition. Whether you are sitting around the campfire or enjoying a traditional holiday meal, stories, urban legends and tall tales are always being shared. Fairy tales, while oft...
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Yearly Checkups

Things that happen every four years: Leap Year, the presidential election, the Olympics. While some things are good to wait on for a few years, there are some things that should happen yearly, which includes your annual visit to the doctor for a physical. Medicare Part B offers a "Welcome to Medicare" preventive visit.What this means, is that withi...
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Flowers, Candy, Cards, oh my!

Fresh red and pink flowers, the delight of sweet chocolates, festive little heart decorations strung about, and cards, cards, cards ! Love is in the air … And in the post offices, our mailboxes, and in stores waiting to be purchased. Valentine's Day is filled with notes of friendship and love – quite a bit of love actually, with an estimated 150 mi...
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