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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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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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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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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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National Nutrition Month

March heralds the first stirrings of spring – the days become noticeably longer and the chill of winter is slowly starting to dissipate. Spring signals a new beginning for nature and for us – as we shake off the doldrums of winter we begin a new season of growth. During National Nutrition Month, we turn our focus to better eating habits and making ...
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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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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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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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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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Seasonal Allergies and the Elderly

Seasonal allergies … an annual recurrence that brings runny noses, sneezing and itchy eyes that water and burn. We all hope the symptoms and miseries of allergy season will pass us by, sparing us the congestion and endless doses of antihistamines. However, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American, roughly 50 million Americans suff...
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Renovations Complete at Colonial Manor in Danville

Colonial Manor has been serving the senior population of the Danville community since 1962. Richard Black built the original building with 36 beds. Over the years, Colonial Manor has expanded three more times between 1967 and 1998 to serve the growing healthcare needs of seniors in the area. The latest round of improvements was completed in August,...
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Alzheimer's & Memory Support

Alzheimer's awareness is growing steadily, and with that is an increased focus on our friends and family members who live with this disease. With ongoing medical advances, our senior population is living longer, resulting in a growing number of individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia. According to the Alzheimer's Association , Alzheimer's disease...
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Healthy Sodium Intake for Seniors

Nutrition among seniors is a very important part of the care they receive at a skilled nursing facility like Heritage Health employs a certified dietary team that ensures the nutritional value of food provided meets the individual needs of each senior in our care. Nutrition for the senior population is different than what is needed for other age gr...
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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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Welcome, Summer!

June 21 st is the "official" date by which our calendars mark the start of the summer season. At the summer solstice, the nights are the shortest and we enjoy the longest days of the year. The temperatures are the warmest we experience during our four seasons as we are turned toward the sun more so than at any other time during the year. So while t...
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Men's Health Month

Since its inception in 1994, Men's Health Month has been recognized each June. According to the Men's Health Month website, the purpose of Men's Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy mak...
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Headaches & Migraines in the Elderly

If you have ever experienced a migraine headache, you know all too well how painful and incapacitating they can be. According to the Migraine Research Foundation , migraine headaches are the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world, and the 6 th most debilitating illness. The month of June is dedicated to migraine awareness – educating sufferers, ra...
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