Why is Mom Having Swallowing Problems?

One of the more serious issues facing older adults is swallowing problems, also known as dysphagia. As a matter of fact, experts estimate that at least 15% of all seniors have difficulty swallowing. What is dysphagia? Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing problems. People who have it take more time and need to expend…

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Peripheral Artery Disease: Symptoms You Need to Know About

Some illnesses are relatively easy to detect. Others, not so much. When it comes to peripheral artery disease, symptoms can be really elusive. Which is why today we’re going to talk about what they are, and what to do when you see them. What is peripheral artery disease? Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a…

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How Cardiac Rehabilitation Changes Lives

Today we’re going to talk about something that doesn’t get nearly the amount of attention that it should. It’s a treatment that reduces heart risk factors in heart attack survivors by way over 50%, and has a proven track record in preventing second heart attacks. We’re talking about cardiac rehabilitation. What is cardiac rehabilitation? The…

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LPAA Aphasia Treatment: Learn to Live Successfully With Aphasia

When a loved one suffers a stroke, one of the more common aftereffects is aphasia. What we’re going to talk about today is a relatively new approach to aphasia treatment: The Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA). What is aphasia? Aphasia occurs as the result of a stroke or other brain injury. While there are…

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Medication and the Elderly: What You Need to Ask Your Pharmacist

When it comes to questions about medication, most people’s instinct is to ask the doctor. That’s not always the best call, though. Because there’s another, behind-the-scenes member of your loved one’s health team who likely knows even more about medication than the doctor does. Today we’re going to talk about what you need to ask…

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Why Deprescribing for Seniors is Gaining Medical Steam

It isn’t in the dictionary. If you type it in an email, you’ll get that squiggly line underneath. Yet deprescribing is a word that’s getting a lot of attention in the medical world – particularly deprescribing for seniors. Take 27 Pills and Call Me In the Morning Yes, you read that right. Studies show that…

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More Common Infections in the Elderly You Need To Know About

Last time we talked about common infections in the elderly, why they happen and how to recognize two of them. Today we’re going to be talking about three more – and about prevention, too. 1. Can’t stomach it – gastrointestinal infection in the elderly What it is: With age come changes to the digestive system and…

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Common Infections in the Elderly You Need to Know About

Part I Which diseases and conditions do you think most caregivers are concerned about? Alzheimer’s? Diabetes? Heart failure? All good answers. However, what many people don’t realize is that common infections in the elderly can pose a much bigger problem. Believe it or not, infections cause a full 33% of deaths in older adults over…

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Think Pink: Mamogram Event at Elmwood Hills

Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center in Blackwood, NJ recently held a community-wide Mammogram Event, featuring the state-of-the-art Dr. Jan Astin Mobile 3-D Mammography Van. On Friday, June 21, scores of women from the surrounding community came to Elmwood Hills to access the Dr. Jan Astin Mammography Van’s state-of-the-art 3-D imaging. The event, co-sponsored by the Ami…

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