Simple Tips For Fall Prevention

Fall prevention is an important topic for seniors and their caregivers to discuss and implement. Aging brings about physical changes and health issues (not to mention the side effects of medications used to treat those issues) that can increase the likelihood of falls. Most serious falls happen in and around the home, and can result in serious even life-threatening injury. Therefore to stay safe and maintain a level of independence, it is crucial to take these simple precautions to ensure your safety and reduce your risk of falling. See your doctor Make a list of your current medications and supplements […]

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Vital Vaccinations for Seniors this Season

Labor Day can signify many things. One of which is the end of summer, and the beginning of cooler weather, warm woolies, comforting and soul hugging soups, and steamy mugs of tea or hot cocoa. Its also the beginning of cold and flu season. The timing of flu is unpredictable and can vary from season to season. Seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue to occur as late as May. Flu activity most commonly peaks in the United States in January or February. Vaccines are especially important for  adults over the age of 65, as immunity […]

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Mission: Nutrition – Eating Well as You Age (Part 4)

In this final installment of our series, we will take a look foods that help fight the onset of dementia. Alzheimer’s and dementia are some of the scariest and most emotionally-triggering degenerative diseases. But they are easier to prevent than previously thought. Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. In Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation and insulin resistance injure neurons and inhibit communication between brain cells. Be aware of these 10 warning signs and symptoms […]

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Mission: Nutrition – Eating Well as You Age (Part 3)

Although we’re still snug in summer’s golden embrace, before you know it we will once again be caught in the throes of a notorious Michigan winter. It’s always wise, particularly for seniors and caregivers to be proactive and prepare to wage war against flu season, and other immune system antagonists.   People 65 years and older are at greater risk of serious complications from the flu compared with their younger counterparts because the immune defenses becomes weaker as we age. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.   In […]

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Mission: Nutrition – Eating Well as You Age (Part 2)

In this installment of eating well as you age, we will take a look at Osteoporosis. This degenerative disease decreases bone strength and increases the likelihood of broken bones. It’s the most common cause of this injury among senior citizens. Bone is a dynamic living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the development of new bone doesn’t keep up with the removal of old bone. This can cause your bones to become porous and brittle.   Osteoporosis can creep up silently in its early stages, without any typical symptoms or warning signs until an […]

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Mission: Nutrition – Eating Well as You Age (Part 1)

Everyone knows the importance of staying healthy and eating well. But did you know that as we age our body requires more and different nutrients to help stave off certain age related illnesses and maladys?   A full and balanced diet can promote mental acuteness, help fight age related disease, help you recuperate faster from injury or surgery, and also help you to better manage any current health issues you might be facing.   This is the first in a series of informational articles that  will provide insight into the benefits of a healthy diet in relation to age. We […]

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Aging Brain

Many of us are familiar with the phrase, “The older you get, the wiser you are!” Well, as we progress through life, there is no doubt that we gain knowledge and increase our cognition (mental intellect/function) by attending school, reading books, having a career, or life experiences that shape who we are and our perception of our surroundings. Nevertheless, it’s inevitable that we cannot avoid the natural process of aging physically, as well as mentally. Unfortunately, plastic surgery cannot fix our aging brains! Our brains begin to age the minute after we’re born. Getting older directly impacts our physique, along […]

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Physical and Occupational Therapy

Physical and Occupational Therapy – What’s The Difference?  Occupational Therapists (OT’s) work in various ways to help  people achieve the most independence possible. They conduct on-  site assessments of home and work. Occupational therapist provide recommendations  on what can help to be more independent.   They also train patients on  how to use these skills to improve their visual and  cognitive functions, as well as general coordination. Anyone who  has loss of strength or motion or decreased  balance, memory or concentration, or difficulty performing daily  tasks could benefit from occupational therapy.    Physical Therapists (PTs) specialize in body movement. They diagnose and treat all injuries related to […]

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Treating Pelvic Floor Dysfunction with Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Effectively Treats Many Syptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD) can be treated with physical therapy to relieve issues with urination, bowels and sexual activity. The pelvic floor is a common name for the group of muscles in the lower pelvic area for men and women. It includes the deepest and lowest abdominal muscles, the deepest spine muscles and the deep fibers of the anterior hip muscles. Common Symptoms of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Urinary Problems including leading urgency, hesitancy, bladder and urethral pain Bowel Issues such as constipation, incontinence, staining and rectal pain Sexual Afflictions for […]

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Five Workforce Health Care Trends that Impact Home Care

Top 5 health care trends that will increase demand for home care In January 2014, Crain’s Detroit Business author Lisa Katz blogged about the top trends that will change the healthcare industry over the next decade. Three of the five top factors directly impact the home healthcare industry! Technology, The Affordable Care Act and decreasing Medicare payments will all play a major part in how the healthcare workforce will change. With the overall healthcare industry expected to add 3.2 million new jobs from 2008–2018, it is likely that home care will follow suit. Read the full article here >   […]

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