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Don’t let your health go up in smoke
Don’t let your health go up in smoke

If you’re one of the more than 20 percent of adults who smoke in Alabama, it’s probably no secret that it’s bad for your health. From cancers and heart attacks to strokes and COPD, smoking increases the risk of a wide range of serious problems. Smoking can also be particularly harmful for older people and

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Take control: How older people can win the fight against diabetes
Take control: How older people can win the fight against diabetes

November is National Diabetes Month and it’s a time when communities across the nation bring attention to one of America’s most common chronic health conditions. In Alabama, approximately 610,458 people in Alabama, or about 15.2 percent of the adult population, have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Additionally, more than 1 million Alabamians have glucose

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4 ways to protect yourself and those you love during the fall and winter
4 ways to protect yourself and those you love during the fall and winter

After what seemed like an endless summer in Alabama, there have been some signs that cooler days are ahead. This is a good time to look at how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from illnesses and conditions that usually show up during the fall and winter. Although viruses and bacterial infections can

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Tips to help reduce your risk of falling
Tips to help reduce your risk of falling

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of older adults age 65 and older fall each year. Falls can be devastating to an older body and may result in serious injuries such as fractures and head trauma. Most falls are linked to a combination of risk factors such as eyesight or

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Happy National Physical Therapy Month!
Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

Did you know that October is National Physical Therapy Month? Established in 1981 by the National Physical Therapy Association (APTA), this month is a time to raise awareness about how these professionals help us live better lives. Physical therapists and assistants help people with injuries and disabilities improve their mobility and manage pain. They play

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5 ways to honor breast cancer survivors
5 ways to honor breast cancer survivors

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer in American women. According to the National Cancer Institute, there were 268,600 new cases of breast cancer this year. Breast cancer also occurs in men, with about 2,100 diagnoses every year. The positive news is that survival rates

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There’s hope for older adults with depression
There’s hope for older adults with depression

October 6-12 is Mental Health Awareness Week and we join the nation in recognizing mental illness and the hope of recovery. Mental health is essential to supporting overall health and well-being. Mental illness complicates the treatment of physical ailments and conditions and threatens a person’s ability to thrive in their environment. It is estimated that

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Moving on from grief after loss
Moving on from grief after loss

Loss is a natural part of living and as we get older, loss becomes more prevalent. Over the course of time, lifelong friends, relatives and significant others pass away. The death of a loved one can create tremendous grief that interrupts our lives. Mourning a death, even when it is expected, can be a time

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10 tips for healthy aging
10 tips for healthy aging

Television personality and entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey once said, “With age comes the understanding and appreciation of your most important asset, your health.” Getting older goes far beyond being a simple passage of time, it’s an opportunity to live an optimally healthy life. September is Healthy Aging Month and it’s a perfect time to evaluate

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How to make the transition to long-term care easier for residents with Alzheimer’s
How to make the transition to long-term care easier for residents with Alzheimer’s

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. In the United States alone, there were an estimated 5.7 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2018, according to a report published by the Alzheimer’s Association. As their conditions progress, many of these people will need around-the-clock care that is not able to be met at home. Their loved

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