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Happy National Activity Professional Week!
Happy National Activity Professional Week!

January 19-25 is National Activity Professional Week and it’s a time to recognize the work of these special people. They are a vital part of helping long-term healthcare residents live a full and rich life. We are blessed to have dedicated activity professionals that enhance the heart and spirit of our facility. We appreciate everything

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Glaucoma: Know the signs and save your vision
Glaucoma: Know the signs and save your vision

Did you know that glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States? According to the National Eye Institute, nearly 3 million people have glaucoma, but 50 percent don’t know they have it. In its early stages, glaucoma has no noticeable symptoms. By the time symptoms become noticeable, your vision could already be

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Are you at risk for atherosclerosis?
Are you at risk for atherosclerosis?

Age-related changes to the heart and blood vessels can put older people at risk for serious health problems. According to the National Institute on Aging, people ages 65 and older are much more likely than younger people to suffer a heart attack, have a stroke, develop heart disease or suffer heart failure. The most common

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How to bring the holidays to the nursing home
How to bring the holidays to the nursing home

The fall and winter months are times for togetherness and cherishing holiday moments with family and friends. When a loved one is in a long-term care facility, it can make the holidays seem different or difficult to handle. These feelings can be especially hard to cope with if they are not able to come home

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November is National COPD Awareness Month
November is National COPD Awareness Month

Maybe they’re a loved one. Maybe they’re a friend. Or, maybe they’re a neighbor. Whoever they may be, the chances are high that you already know someone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). An estimated 405,000 people in Alabama have been diagnosed with this debilitating lung disease. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH),

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How to put your health on the menu during the holidays
How to put your health on the menu during the holidays

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are nearly upon us, bringing promises of good times and good food. The holiday season is usually a time for gatherings with friends and family that include plentiful food and drinks. These times can also mean overindulging in some of our favorite comfort foods and desserts. A typical holiday meal

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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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