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Don’t let hearing loss steal away your life
Don’t let hearing loss steal away your life

Whether it’s a song played at a wedding or a baby’s first cry, some of life’s most precious memories begin with a sound. Losing the ability to hear well not only affects how a person communicates and engages with the world, it may impact their ability to make new memories. According to research funded by

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Don’t let high blood pressure sneak up on you
Don’t let high blood pressure sneak up on you

Sometimes called “the silent killer,” hypertension or high blood pressure typically has no symptoms. Sometimes, a person may not find out they have the condition until it has already done significant damage to their body. The likelihood of having high blood pressure increases with age due to vascular system changes such as stiffer arteries. According

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How to communicate with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease
How to communicate with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. It is a time to reflect on the most common form of dementia and the estimated 5 million Americans it impacts. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive type of dementia that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out even the simplest tasks.

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Don’t wait until the last moment to organize your affairs
Don’t wait until the last moment to organize your affairs

When it comes to facing times of illness or crisis, much can be learned from the Boy Scouts of America. The Scout motto is “Be Prepared” and that is the appropriate spirit for organizing financial and medical affairs for yourself or a loved one. A devastating health or personal emergency can strike at any time,

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Avoid the break: How finding out about osteoporosis now can help you later
Avoid the break: How finding out about osteoporosis now can help you later

Did you know that many older people with osteoporosis don’t know they have it until they have broken a bone? However, osteoporosis is a very common condition for seniors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it affects about 1 in 4 women aged 65 and older and 1 in 20 men aged

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Acting F.A.S.T. can help save a life after a stroke
Acting F.A.S.T. can help save a life after a stroke

Stroke is one of the most life-threatening medical emergencies in the United States. Stroke is a leading killer of Americans, causing a death every 4 minutes according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) A devastating condition, stroke can cause brain cells to be damaged or die within a matter of minutes. As

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Westside Terrace Healthcare joins the nation in celebrating nursing homes
Westside Terrace Healthcare joins the nation in celebrating nursing homes

Next week, Westside Terrace Healthcare will unite with organizations all over the nation in honoring National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW). The observance which runs from May 12 to 18, recognizes the role of skilled nursing care centers, such as Westside Terrace, in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities. The theme for this

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Knowing your risk can help with managing arthritis
Knowing your risk can help with managing arthritis

May is Arthritis Awareness Month. According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects more than 50 million Americans and is one of the most common causes of disability. Arthritis is the common term to describe about 100 conditions that cause joint pain or joint disease. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, especially among older

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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

Diabetes is one of the most serious issues impacting the health of the nation’s older adult population. According to the American Diabetes Association, about one in four people over the age of 60 have diabetes in America. Having diabetes at an older age makes you more susceptible to complications such as vision problems and hearing

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Aging with Irritable bowel syndrome
Aging with Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal disorders in the nation. According to the International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders, there are between 2.4 and 3.5 million annual physician visits for IBS in the United States. Diagnosis of IBS is becoming increasingly common among older adults. A study published in Geriatrics found

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