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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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How to Recover from a Stroke

Every forty seconds, someone in the US has a stroke. Strokes are the number one cause of serious disability in the US, and the number three cause of death. Despite these grim facts, it is possible to recover from a stroke. To do so, follow these three rules: Get to the ER immediately. There is…

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Easy Tips for Senior Downsizing

It’s time. Mom and Dad need to be somewhere that can care of them. The good news: they agree it’s time. The not-so-good news: you are looking at a family home filled with thirty (or more!) years of stuff, wondering what you’re going to do with it all. Be warned: it’s not a simple process,…

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What is Cardiac Rehab?

In honor of American Heart Health Month, we are pleased to present the recommendations of both the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association regarding cardiac rehabilitation. Cardiac rehab is a multi-pronged treatment plan that helps people manage certain cardiovascular health conditions. It consists of safe, progressive exercise training, which is geared toward…

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