January is Thyroid Awareness Month

butterfly signifying thyroid awareness month

Of all the health awareness months and observances, perhaps January’s is most important. That’s because January is Thyroid Awareness Month. Many people don’t even know where the thyroid is located, much less what it actually does. But in fact, the thyroid is one of the most important little glands in the body, and when it’s…

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Exercise From Your Chair or Wheelchair

handicap symbol wheelchair

Are you setting a resolution for 2019? One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get more exercise. Exercising has been proven to lower your risk of many different diseases, including heart disease, lung disease, and Alzheimer’s. It also makes you feel better and lighter throughout the day. If you have mobility issues,…

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When Heart Attacks are Silent

Doctor examines elderly female patient with stethoscope

Most people think they would know immediately if they were experiencing a heart attack. We expect a heart attack to come along with severe chest pains or other impossible-to-ignore symptoms. But sometimes, heart attacks can occur with just mild discomfort, or even no symptoms at all. When this happens, we call it a silent heart…

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It’s the Perfect Time to Talk About the Future

man signing a living will

The holiday season is a good time to have a discussion with your loved ones about your durable powers of attorney for healthcare and living will. While most people would rather not dwell on the topic, addressing the matter when you are healthy is the best way to ensure that your wishes are followed if…

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How to Celebrate the Holidays when Your Parent’s in a Nursing Home

happy senior woman with cup of coffee at home

If this is your elderly loved one’s first year at Park Crescent or another nursing home, you may be feeling a little at a loss. How should you celebrate when your loved one is no longer in their own home? Especially when the senior in question isn’t mobile and can’t leave the facility for a…

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Why You’re Feeling Shortness of Breath—and What to do About it

Tightening chest. Suffocation. Not. Enough. Air. That’s what shortness of breath, or dyspnea, feels like, and it’s quite terrifying. Our bodies are hardwired to get air for survival, and when we can’t get enough, we start panicking. If you experience shortness of breath, the first thing to do is to breathe. Panicking will just intensify…

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Coping with Sundowning

If you’re dealing with a parent or spouse with Alzheimer’s disease, you’ve probably heard of “sundowning.” The term refers to a state of confusion experienced by people with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. It’s called sundowning because of when it occurs — in late afternoon. It doesn’t stop there, though. In many cases,…

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When Diabetes Causes Complications

November is almost over, which means National Diabetes Month is on its way out too. Before this important month of awareness makes way for December and the holidays, I wanted to bring up one more topic related to diabetes, and that is the complications associated with the condition. As we’ve discussed in previous articles, diabetes…

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Do You Feel the Burn? It’s GERD Awareness Week

GERD (Gastroesphogeal reflux disease) is so common that many people don’t even know they have it. They may chalk up their discomfort to simple heartburn and suffer in silence, not aware that there are interventions that can really alleviate a lot of their symptoms. Ever year around Thanksgiving—that day we eat lots of rich, heartburn-inducing…

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5 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, is a national epidemic. Over 100 million people have diabetes or prediabetes today. In type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance is the main factor of the disease. Insulin resistance means the cells don’t respond to the efforts of insulin to move blood sugar into the cells. High blood glucose causes serious…

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