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Why You're Never Too Old For Cervical Cancer Screenings

By Julia Little  |  January 23, 2015

Many adults know the importance of regular mammograms, cancer screenings and other preventive measures intended to fend off chronic illness. But as people get older, it can be easy for these regular appointments to slip through the cracks. Whether due to a physical limitation such as lack of access to a screening service or merely the belief that such measures aren't as important for seniors, older adults can, in many cases, let their preventive screenings lapse. New research, however, has determined that regular cancer screenings for seniors could provide significant medical benefits.

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Are Seniors Facing a Medication Crisis?

By Julia Little  |  January 22, 2015

As we age, there are an increasing number of chronic health problems that we may become susceptible to. In addition to more senior-specific chronic issues like Alzheimer's disease and dementia, other conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes can create ongoing health risks. For this reason, medication can play a significant role in proper senior care. Unfortunately, many older adults may have difficulty adhering to prescribed medication schedules. As caregivers, it's essential that seniors follow their medication directions as closely as possible to best treat existing conditions, as well as preventing additional complications.

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How To Best Protect Seniors From The Flu This Winter

By Megan Ray  |  January 20, 2015

For many adults, cold and flu season can mean several inconvenient and uncomfortable days at home spent weathering some unpleasant symptoms. However, the time of year can have even greater and potentially more dangerous implications for seniors. What may manifest as a fever, aches and a cough for younger individuals can develop into a serious health risk for older adults. For this reason, prevention is an especially important aspect of senior care. Here are a few facts about seniors and influenza, as well as some tips for keeping your home, care facility or senior living community flu-free this winter.

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Could Poor Sleep Today Put You At Risk Of Dementia Tomorrow?

By Tim Watt  |  January 19, 2015

The benefits of a healthy sleep schedule are commonly touted by medical professionals. As one of the foundations of overall health and wellness, adequate sleep is essential for helping fend off a variety of health concerns. Poor sleep habits have been generally linked to mental and cognitive issues such as increased stress, poor work performance and even depression, but a recent study has suggested that there may even be a link between not getting enough sleep and the development of dementia in seniors

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Researchers Identify Initial Indicators Of Cognitive Decline

By Tim Watt  |  January 14, 2015

University of California, San Francisco, researchers recently found that there may be noticeable signs of cognitive decline in loved ones earlier than expected. Most seniors experience some form of cognitive atrophy during their lifetime. However, now there could be a way to spot it earlier and possibly find ways to slow the effects of the neurological atrophy.

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Promoting Health Literacy Is Important For Canadian Seniors

By Julia Little  |  January 13, 2015

You've heard of literacy, and maybe even technological literacy - but what about health literacy? According to a report from the Canadian Council on Learning, the term refers to both an individual's ability to read and process information pertaining to health and well-being, as well as a person's understanding of key critical health concepts such as wellness and lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, the nation's health literacy levels are concerningly low. For caregivers and health care providers, promoting health literacy in older adults is a crucial component of senior care.

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4 New Year's Resolutions To Improve Health

By Julia Little  |  January 12, 2015

The New Year is well underway, but that doesn't mean you can't pick up a few new resolutions throughout January. Adults living in senior care communities should stick with resolutions that will have long-lasting impacts on physical, social and emotional health throughout 2015.

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How To Exercise Outdoors Safely

By Julia Little  |  January 9, 2015

For anyone eager to exercise, it can sometimes be dangerous to take a simple walk outside. Distracted drivers and inclement weather often are the most worrisome and often put people at a greater risk than normal. That's why it's important to follow the proper safety precautions to have fun while you exercise. Taking the proper safety measures can keep everyone laughing and stress-free. Consider these suggestions to exercise safely with friends in your retirement community.

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