How to Choose a Skilled Nursing Facility

Choosing a skilled nursing facility for yourself or your loved one is a scary prospect. How do you know which facility will best suit your needs? Start with asking family and friends who have dealt with this. You can also get recommendations from the hospital or senior care organizations in your area. Once you’ve narrowed…

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Quality of Life and Seniors: Here’s What You Can Do

“Quality of life” is one of those buzzwords we’ve seen thrown around a lot. Nowadays, we’re living longer and longer, and quality of life has become a huge concern for seniors. But what does it actually mean? It’s a subjective term that’s hard to pin down or even accurately measure. A good starting definition may be…

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Learn About Anemia in Seniors: What, Why, and How

Do know anyone with anemia? Chances are, you do. Anemia is fairly common, especially among children and pregnant women. It’s also prevalent among seniors. But is it serious? The answer is yes. Because it’s so common, and often related to chronic health conditions, many people assume it’s a minor problem that isn’t really a big…

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The Story of the American Gut

As National Skilled Nursing Care Week winds down at Park Crescent, let’s add another story to all the narratives we’ve shared over the last few days. It’s the story of the American gut. The latest reports from The American Gut, part of an ongoing global microbiome project, tell us more about what’s going on inside…

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How Smoking Affects Your Vision

You probably already know about smoking’s effect on the heart and lungs. You know that smoking puts you at higher risk for heart disease and lung cancer. But did you know that smoking can also cause vision loss? Many studies show smoking increases your risk of developing vision problems. Smoking is a risk factor in…

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Why it’s Great to be Old

Our culture is obsessed with youth. Billions of dollars are spent on anti-aging products—elixirs and lotions and magic pills. In a list of top ten worst things to happen, getting old is in the top five. Our bodies start deteriorating, we face new challenges and illnesses, and we start losing people we love. Aging is…

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Preventing Falls: Part 2

Last time we talked about two types of fall risks—environmental and medical—and how to avoid environmental risks. Today we’ll talk about different medical risks and how to avoid them. Vision Problems It’s shockingly common for older adults to fall because they can’t see well enough. Seniors should get their vision checked annually, since deterioration can…

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Preventing Falls: Part 1

Falling becomes more common—and deadly—as we age. Reduced balance, weakness, and poor eyesight are all contributing factors to falls, and all are more prevalent among the elderly. When older people fall, they are more likely to break a bone than younger people, and recovery will also take longer. According to statistics, 1 in 5 falls…

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Sleep is Still Important as You Age

If you’re aging, you may be getting less sleep. It becomes harder to fall asleep, and you might be waking up more often during the night. In fact, studies indicate that 13% of men and 36% of women over age 65 take more than 30 minutes to fall asleep. There are many causes for difficulty…

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Fiber in Your Healthy Diet

You probably associate dietary fiber with constipation relief. But did you know that fiber actually has many other health benefits? Dietary fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet. Found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, it’s easy to incorporate into your menu. What is dietary fiber? Dietary fiber is the part of…

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