Therapy Programs

Medicare’s Response to the Coronavirus

  Medicare is the leading healthcare insurance program for individuals in the United States age 65 years and older. Now that the coronavirus has hit the United States, with older adults and those with chronic serious medical conditions at a higher risk, what is Medicare’s response to the coronavirus?   Medicare has dedicated a page…

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Hearing Loss in Older Adults

  When Mickey Fisher sits at the dinner table with his son and grandchildren, he feels like just a smiling face and a nodding head. He focuses on his string beans and chicken and holds down his grandson to prevent him from climbing on the table. His son turns his way and moves his mouth.…

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Post-Stroke Recovery

  Stroke is the leading cause of serious long-term disability. While stroke occurs more frequently in older adults over age 65,  it can strike and immobilize an individual at any age. In fact, data from 2009, reveals that 34% of the people hospitalized for a stroke were less than 65 years old. Those that make…

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Why Your Knees Buckle

  Knee buckling — and even the feeling that one’s knee might buckle — is common among older adults. Studies show that nearly 12% of adults between 36 and 94 reported at least one episode of knee buckling within the last three months. Since the age range included in these studies was relatively large, the…

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Aromatherapy Proven to Reduce Anxiety

In 2015, the World Health Organization estimated that anxiety disorders affect approximately 6.3% of individuals in the United States. This is an issue of special concern for seniors because anxiety affects a disproportionate percentage of elderly people, particularly those with Alzheimer’s disease. Anxiety disorders are treated with any of a variety of anti-anxiety drugs, benzodiazepines…

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Heart Rate and Blood Pressure: What’s the Difference?

Your heart rate, also known as your pulse, refers to the number of times your heart beats per minute. Your blood pressure, on the other hand, is a measure of how forcefully your blood flows through your veins. If you think these two measures are the same, you’re not alone. But you’re not correct, either.…

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Judging the Quality of Life in Nursing Homes

An international group of researchers has recently discovered what care and services residents of long-term care facilities value most, as well as what makes them feel most at home. The results published as “Hearing the Voice of the Resident in Long-Term Care Facilities — An Internationally Based Approach to Assessing Quality of Life,” in The…

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Heart Attacks 101

It can be hard to know if a person is having a heart attack. While some people have the classic chest pain and shortness of breath, heart attack symptoms can sometimes be mistaken for minor conditions, such as indigestion. However, a heart attack requires immediate medical intervention, so if you or a loved one have…

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The Importance of Potassium

Potassium is an essential nutrient, required by the body for a variety of fundamental processes. Individuals deficient in potassium may experience a wide range of symptoms, several of which may be life-threatening. Having a low potassium level is also known as hypokalemia. Doctors diagnose an individual as having a potassium deficiency when their potassium levels…

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