Posts Tagged ‘seniors’

Conversation Nurses Helping Chronically Ill Seniors Age Gracefully

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Conversation nurses are helping chronically ill seniors age as gracefully as possible, just by talking to them.   The conversation nurse model trains providers to discuss serious illnesses and care goals with patients. These nurses are available to the patient, from the hospital to skilled nursing facility and back to their home.   To date,…

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Activity Guidelines For Seniors Revised By Health Human Services

Activity guidelines for seniors and all other age groups have just been revised by the Department of Health & Human Services.   The new revised second edition is based on the latest research that clearly shows that physical activity brings more health benefits than previously identified.         Activity Guidelines: What You Should…

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Virtual Reality Helps Seniors Cope With Alzheimer’s Disease

Virtual reality (VR), is an interactive, three-dimensional immersive computer experience that’s viewed through goggles. The technology, became a favorite with video-gamers, and is now very popular with older Americans, health care professionals, and caregivers.   Increasingly, adult communities and skilled nursing homes are using VR for enrichment and to help dementia patients trigger positive memories.…

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Liver Disease Drug Found Effective Against Alzheimer’s

An existing liver drug is also effective against Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study found. The liver drug repairs malfunctioning cells.    Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia and affects 5.7 million people in the United States and 47 million people worldwide. Alzheimer’s patients display progressive memory loss, difficulties with problem-solving, and disorientation, among other symptoms.   There is…

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Summer Heat Can Cause Health Problems, Take These Precautions

Summer is a great time to get outdoors and have fun. The warmth of the sun, fresh smelling grass, and beautiful flowers make us happy after a cold winter. One thing to remember, though, is that while the sun is great, the generated heat can also make us very sick if we’re not careful.  Here…

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National Skilled Nursing Home Week May 13-19 2018

This entire week, May 13-19, 2018 is National Skilled Nursing Home Week. It was formerly known as National Nursing Home Week. This years 2018 theme is “Celebrating Life’s Stories”. This acknowledgement and praise for the skilled nursing fraternity was established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967 and always begins on Mother’s Day.…

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Magnesium: Your Good Health Really Depends On It

Magnesium is a mineral your body needs to work right. It helps with hundreds of important body processes, including those that control how your muscles and nerves work. Magnesium helps to keep your bones strong, heart healthy, and blood sugar normal. It also plays a role in your energy level. You can get magnesium in…

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Eye Problems: Warning Signs You Should Not Ignore

Eye problems can range from blurry vision, spots,night glares, and flashing lights. These are common eye complaints. Each could be a harmless annoyance or an early sign of disease. It isn’t always easy to tell the difference. Here are signs that may indicate trouble.       Eye Problems: Nearsightedness (Myopia) When you’re nearsighted, things…

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Assisted Living Communities Offer Higher Salaries And Benefits

Assisted living communities pay staff nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses and certified nurse aides more than do nursing homes, on average, according to the 20th annual “Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report,” published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service. According to the report: RNs make $29.39 per hour at assisted living communities, $28.90 at Community…

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Seniors Taking Calcium, Vitamin D Capsules Wasting Money, Says Chinese Doctor

Seniors are wasting their time and money taking calcium and vitamin Dsupplements to ward off the brittle bones of old age, says a Chinese doctor. Dr. Jia-Guo Zhao, an orthopedic surgeon with Tianjin Hospital in China, says there is no evidence these supplements protect against hip fractures in the elderly. For their analysis, Zhao and his colleagues combed through medical…

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