Exercise From Your Chair or Wheelchair

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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

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

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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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New Study Identifies Important Dementia Genes

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We’ve known for years that genetics play an important part in dementia. While age is still the number one risk factor for dementia, your genes also play a part in whether you will or won’t develop dementia later in life. Until now, researchers have identified genes associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but there was no clear…

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Diabetes in Medicare Open Enrollment

Type 2 diabetes is one of the biggest health problems facing the aging population, and many baby boomers with diabetes are wondering which Medicare plan is best for their health condition. As we have less than a month left to Medicare open enrollment, you might be wondering if there are better options than what you…

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Cholesterol: The Silent Killer

High cholesterol is one of the leading causes of heart attacks. But cholesterol buildup comes with no signs or symptoms, so you can go years before you notice a problem. That’s why it’s so important to check your cholesterol levels as you age. If your numbers are concerning, you can make lifestyle changes to lower your…

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New Method for Accurate Alzheimer’s Diagnosis?

A new brain imaging method can show the spread of specific protein depositions, which are unique to Alzheimer’s disease. A new imaging test from Lund University in Sweden may be able to accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, reports Science Daily. Getting a proper diagnosis can be difficult with dementia conditions. A range of conditions can cause…

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4 Benefits of Adopting the Mediterranean Lifestyle—Even As a Senior

In the 1950s, scientist Dr. Ancel Keys discovered that poor Italians were living longer and had better health in old age than wealthy New Yorkers. He attributed this to the diet and lifestyle in that part of the world. In the Mediterranean region, the local diet consists of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains,…

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Hypertension: Causes, Effects, and Treatment

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a common chronic condition. Blood pressure is the measure of how forcefully your blood is pushing against your artery walls. The more blood your heart pumps out and the narrower our arteries, the higher your blood pressure. Normal blood pressure should fall at or below 120/80 mmHg. If your…

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Prevent Heat Injuries in the Elderly

Summer is coming to New Jersey, and the weather is already heating up. Now’s a good time to talk about preventing various heat injuries. Seniors are particularly sensitive to heat, and they may not realize themselves when they’re overdoing it in the sun. Heatstroke is a life-threatening medical emergency, but there are many other serious…

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