7 Myths About Strokes Debunked

The old saying that “what you don’t know won’t hurt you” may be occasionally true. But not when it comes to myths about strokes. According to the CDC, strokes – also known as CVAs (cerebrovascular accidents) – are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. They’re also one of the medical conditions…

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Dehydration in Older Adults: Signs, Symptoms, Solutions

Summer brings lots of sunshine, bright blue skies, trips to the beach – and a higher risk of dehydration. While dehydration is a problem for everyone at any age, dehydration in older adults is an especially risky business. What is Dehydration? Dehydration means that your body is losing more fluid than it’s taking in. As…

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Understanding Elderly Wound Care

Whether you or your loved one are living at home or in a skilled nursing or assisted living community, you need to know about elderly wound care. Some people think that chronic wounds in the elderly are mostly a problem with nursing homes. Unfortunately, they’re not. Why? Because seniors are more likely to have a…

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What is Palliative Care for Seniors?

The incredible advances made by modern medicine mean that the average American can expect to live a lot longer than his or her grandparents lived. While that’s an amazing thing, it also means that there are a lot more older Americans dealing with chronic illnesses. That’s where palliative care for seniors comes in. What is…

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5 Lifestyle Changes for Chronic Venous Inefficiency

The heart’s job is to get oxygen-rich blood to the entire body via the arteries; the veins then bring the deoxygenated blood back to the heart. Chronic venous inefficiency occurs when the veins can no longer do their job properly. There are a number of risk factors for chronic venous inefficiency. Some of them include…

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What’s Hiding Under Adult Insomnia?

According to the National Institute of Health, adult insomnia is the number one sleep disorder in people age 60 and over. It’s so prevalent that most people think it’s a natural part of aging. The truth is, though, that while there are changes in sleep patterns that occur with age, it can still be a…

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The 3 Types of Alzheimer’s

According to a Marist Public Opinion poll, Alzheimer’s is the disease Americans fear most – more than heart disease, more than cancer. And no one wants to talk about fears. The thing is, understanding the 3 types of Alzheimer’s is one of the keys to coping with it – and to giving yourself or your…

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The 4 Stages of COPD

When doctors diagnose and evaluate patients for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – or COPD –  treatment and rehab, they distinguish between four stages of COPD: mild, moderate, severe and very severe. Emphysema, chronic bronchitis and non-reversible (refractory) asthma all fall under the COPD umbrella. While COPD has no cure, that doesn’t mean there’s no hope.…

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