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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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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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