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The Best Gadgets For Independent Living

If you constantly worry about your mom or dad who lives alone, it's normal. Many senior caregivers and adult children have concerns about their parents living on their own after a certain age. Whether your live locally or far away, these thoughts can be stressful. Luckily, there are a lot of high-tech gadgets that can do the job for you. Think about trying out one - or all - of these gadgets in your parent's home.

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How To Recover From A Hip Fracture

If you recently dealt with a hip fracture, you know that recovery isn't going to be the easiest or shortest road. While hip fractures are very common among older adults - there are approximately 258,000 hospital admissions from the injury each year - it can be a trying injury that keeps you off your feet for a while, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some people may even need to undergo hip surgery in order to correct the break. Regardless of whether you need surgery after your fracture or not, consider these tips on how to recover.

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3 Healthy Pasta Salad Variations For Summer

Right next to the hamburgers and corn at every barbecue is a big bowl of pasta salad. This classic summer dish is a favorite of many people because it sounds healthy and tastes delicious. However, if the "salad" is heavy on pasta, light on veggies and dosed in dressing, it might not be the most nutritious dish at the buffet. But that doesn't mean you have to go without! Use one of these three pasta salad variations to sneak more nutrients into your summer diet.

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How To Encourage Patients To Get Involved With Their Health

Patients are slowly becoming more involved in their own well-being as technology becomes more advanced and relevant health information is readily available online. Tools like mobile applications and patient portals - which give patients access to their medical records online - have made it possible for patients to monitor their health conditions and stay up to date with their bodies' physical state. As this leads to a healthier population, medical providers should encourage this proactive behavior.

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Art and Music Can Help Alzheimer's Patients

Several studies have proven that both art and music can help people dealing with Alzheimer's disease and various forms of dementia. Both of these things help people express themselves while feeling focused on what they're doing. Some research has even suggested it slows the development of Alzheimer's and helps patients remember and recall information easier. As a result, several senior care facilities use music or art therapy to help people deal with their condition. Yet how does it all work?

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How To Make Thickened Beverages More Enjoyable

Many seniors experience dysphasia, or difficulty swallowing, as they get older. One of the treatments for this condition is drinking thickened liquids to prevent foods from slipping into the airway. While this treatment is effective, some seniors dislike the texture of thickened beverages.

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How To Make Your Heart Healthy Again

As people age, keeping heart health in check is essential. Seniors have a greater risk of cardiovascular disease and incidents like stroke compared to younger age groups. Everything from regular exercise to maintaining a nutritious diet is important to preventing these illnesses. If older adults have experienced a heart condition or have noticed that they have started to engage in poor habits like an inactive lifestyle or a high-fat diet, it's not too late to regain their heart health. 

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National Immunization Awareness Month: Educating Seniors On Important Vaccinations

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which means that health care professionals should make a special effort to ensure their older patients are getting vaccinated for the diseases that seniors are particularly prone to. This is essential because as older adults age, their immune systems weaken and they become more vulnerable to sickness. 

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