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February is American Heart Month

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American Heart Month has taken place since 1964, when it was established by President Lyndon B. Johnson. More than 40 percent of Americans have high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States,…

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How to Dispose of Unused Medication

If you have leftover or unused medications, you must dispose of them safely. The advice for many years was simply to flush away old prescriptions. But experts no longer think it wise to flush medications down the toilet or put them in household trash. It’s also unwise to leave unneeded…

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Are You Taking Too Much Medication?

Correct use of medication is a common concern in elder care. Many seniors receive prescriptions from multiple doctors, and often there is no one monitoring the big picture. A 2013 study from the Mayo Clinic found that seven of ten Americans take at least one prescription. That number increases for…

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Using Technology to Age in Place

Though many seniors are technology savvy, many may be skeptical about the latest devices. But when a senior wants to age in place instead of leaving home, technology can be a lifesaver. Here are some technology options and products designed to help seniors. Engage with Others Technology offers many options…

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Six Tips to Stay Mentally Sharp as You Age

We may all getting be getting older, but losing brain function is not inevitable. Just as exercising a muscle can keep it strong, exercising the brain can help create new brain cells and build new neural pathways. Here are six tips to help improve brain function and stay mentally sharp:…

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Veteran visits “The Wall” after many years

Shepherd’s Staff In-home Care caregiver Jim shared this story about his client, a Vietnam war veteran: John, a 70-year-old Vietnam war veteran, has advanced Parkinson’s disease and limited mobility. During our early visits, John showed me his Air Force pictures and told me of  his wartime experience. He talked about…

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Nutrition for Seniors: Tips for the Winter Months

Even in the best of times, seniors may suffer from poor nutrition. Causes include loss of appetite, difficulty chewing or swallowing, diminished taste sensation, and poor food choices. As winter approaches, nutritional needs increase. Improved nutrition also can help prevent colds, flu and injuries that are more prevalent in cold…

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