Healthcare Education

It’s Thyroid Awareness Month!

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. Although relatively small, the thyroid plays a huge role in the body, influencing the function of many important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys, and skin. Talk with your healthcare provider about whether your thyroid is healthy and functioning properly.

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National Blood Donor Month: Can Seniors be on the Giving End?

Since it is the first month of the year, many people are still trying to keep their New Year resolutions. Some people decided that this year they are really going to do something to help others. One way, perhaps, is by donating blood during National Blood Donor Month. For those of us who are allowed…

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A Visually Impaired or Blind Senior in Short-Term Rehab

World Braille Day occurs on January 4th each year. In honor of this, let’s examine short-term rehab from the angle of a blind person. A  visually impaired or blind senior in short-term rehab would experience everything differently to a seeing person. Diseases that can cause blindness  often affect seniors. Of course, there are actions a…

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Promote Healing of Wounds in Seniors – Putting 7 Ideas ‘On Stage’

How do we promote healing of wounds in seniors? In senior patients, a chronic wound can become very serious if it is not treated in time. Wounds that do not heal within 3 months are called ‘chronic wounds.’ Seniors can acquire chronic wounds from illnesses such as diabetes, traumatic skin injury, burns, and ulcers due…

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Safe Holiday Travel with Alzheimer’s

Holiday time is vacation time for many families. But if your family includes someone who has Alzheimer’s, you’ll need to do a little extra planning. These 6 tips will help you make your vacation both fun and safe for everyone. Be realistic. Your loved one with Alzheimer’s needs extra downtime, so plan your travel and…

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Guidelines Updated for Colon Cancer Screening

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has updated its guidelines for colorectal cancer, the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in the US. It recommends screening start at age 45 for people with an average risk of the disease, five years earlier than the previous recommendation of age 50. If someone is at high risk of colorectal…

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Understanding and Coping with the Different Stages of Alzheimer’s

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can be devastating, for both for the patient and their loved one, who will now likely be taking the role of caregiver. While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, understanding what to expect at each stage can make things easier for everyone.   Upon Diagnosis Give yourselves time to adjust…

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Celebrating National Handwashing Awareness Week

Join us in celebrating National Handwashing Awareness Week. Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others. It’s quick, it’s simple, and it can keep us all from getting sick. Handwashing is a win for everyone, except…

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3 Things that will Help You Recover from a Stroke

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the US, and the leading cause of serious disability. Stoke is also extremely common: every forty seconds, on average, someone in the US has a stroke. Despite these grim facts, there are ways to maximize recovery from stroke. Here are 3 ways to live your best…

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Indoor Temperature Affects Blood Pressure

In the coming days and months, Most of us will be turning up our thermostats. But according to British researchers, a warmer house does more than protect us from cold weather: It also protects us from hypertension (high blood pressure). A study published in the Journal of Hypertension, shows a strong link between a cooler…

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