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  • Brain-Healthy Foods That Can Reduce Your Alzheimer's Risk

    Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, is a progressive disease that affects one’s memory and cognitive abilities, for which there is no cure. For those with family members who suffer from Alzheimer’s, it is often a scary and emotional experience to have to watch your loved one gradually forget all that he or she once held dear. Although there is no cure for this disease, it is ...
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  • 10 Important Nutrition Tips for Seniors

    Most people struggle with maintaining a healthy diet comprised of all the necessary nutrients their bodies need, but seniors in particular can feel challenged. As our bodies age, our metabolisms start to slow down – with a major decrease in efficiency around the age of 40 and again at 60 – and our nutritional needs increase or start to vary. This combination of occurrences causes a double-whammy ...
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  • The Importance of Physical Therapy for Seniors

    For seniors who want to retain their independence, managing a long-term illness, or simply want to improve their mobility and overall health, physical therapy can be incredibly beneficial toward achieving these goals. In addition to improving mobility and functionality, physical therapy can reduce pain and promote better strength and balance. Many seniors require physical therapy due to injuries ...
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  • Can Poor Sleep Lead to Alzheimer's Risk?

    Many scientists have, in recent years, uncovered a possible link between sleep and senior memory impairment. The neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley published their findings in Nature Neuroscience , revealing that age-related deterioration of the prefrontal cortex region of the brain was connected to one’s failure to achieve the kind of deep sleep that helps the brain ...
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  • What Are the Qualities of an Exceptional Caregiver?

    If you are considering hiring a caregiver, you will want to properly screen possible candidates to ensure you and your loved one are comfortable and satisfied with the services they offer. This is not a minor decision, so try not to worry about asking too many questions. There is no such thing! Matching caregivers with clients is a process exceptional facilities have perfected, but you should ...
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  • 5 Most Common Health Concerns for Seniors

    As people age, new health concerns emerge, presenting different challenges. Being aware of the potential changes you may begin to face as a senior can help you take an active role in your health, and allow you to take the right steps to minimize your risk for disease as you age. Given that the life expectancy for those living in the United States today is longer than ever before, you will want to ...
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  • Tips to Stay Sharp as You Age

    As people age, change begins to occur throughout the body, including the brain, which gradually shrinks. This shrinkage causes nerve cells to lose connections with other cells, resulting in instances of forgetfulness. These changes are generally normal, but for some, it might indicate the early signs of a serious condition, such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease. These conditions are severe and ...
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  • Improving Heart Health

    Ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? This couldn’t be further from the truth. Many foods nowadays, particularly convenience foods, are processed and loaded with preservatives and chemicals that tend to have long-lasting detrimental effects on our bodies. One particular system it affects is our cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels). Those who are over-weight, have high blood ...
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  • Caring for your Emotional Health

    An accident, injury or illness can be a very stressful event, both for the patient and their loved ones. It is often met with uncertainty and fear leading to sadness, disappointment, guilt, hopelessness, helplessness, discouragement, anxiety, nervousness and a myriad of other negative thoughts and ideas about what is to come. Most patients report that the loss of their independence elicits or ...
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  • Preventing Falls

    Everyone understands how devastating a fall can be. So, it is not only important, but essential that we understand measures we can take to prevent them. We all know the importance of exercising and keeping our muscles strong. But did you know that the most important muscle to use to prevent falls is your BRAIN! The best way to prevent falls is to think about what you're doing. Athletes concentrate ...
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  • How Well Does Occupational Therapy Improve Manual Dexterity?

    Manual dexterity is defined as a person’s ability to make precise, small, or intricate movements with their hands and fingers. It is our body’s unique capability to grasp and manipulate objects with total control but also to do so without thinking about it. Most of us do not realize just how important manual dexterity is in our day-to-day lives until it is gone. As we age, manual dexterity will ...
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  • How Occupational Therapy Improves Motor Coordination

    Motor coordination is your natural ability to be able to control your body without actually thinking about what you are doing. People with amazing motor coordination can perform acrobatic stunts, whereas someone with poor motor coordination may have difficulty keeping balance, holding small or using small objects, or even just walking. There are two ways that motor coordination can diminish: ...
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  • Is It Possible to Improve Your Memory?

    Are you finding that you forget where you left your keys more and more often? Can you only remember the birth months of your closest friends and family, but not the birthdays? Do you find yourself walking into rooms and not knowing why you went in there in the first place? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are experiencing common symptoms of memory loss. There is nothing strange ...
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  • The Many Benefits of Pet & Animal Therapy

    Can you recall a time when you were feeling glum or sad due to one circumstance or another, but your dog walked into the room and helped cheer you up just by being there? Did you ever have trouble sleeping but you could rest easy the moment your cat curled up with you? This unspoken yet powerful companionship between man and man’s best friends is known as the human-animal bond, and it is starting ...
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  • How Mental Health Affects Physical Health

    Mind over matter. We have all heard this mantra and understand that it means that our minds have more power than our physical bodies. What many people do not realize is just how true this may be, especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle. There are so many problems that originate in the mind yet resonate in our bodies. Stress, anxiety, nervousness, worry, and depression ...
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