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Seniors & Spring Allergy Season

April 4, 2018 6:56 pm Published by Comments Off on Seniors & Spring Allergy Season

Ah, Spring. It’s the favorite time of year for many people. The days are getting longer, flowers are blooming, everything’s starting to get green and the warm sun brings people out of the homes for a breath of the fresh air. But for some, that air carries things that make them miserable – pollen and other irritants – that cause terrible spring allergy symptoms. Seniors must be especially careful when trying to deal with spring allergies. Here are a few ways to help you minimize the exposure, and ways to cope when they start to be problematic. Minimize Exposure Monitor... View Article


Heritage Hall’s Specialty Therapy Programs

March 29, 2018 3:09 pm Published by Comments Off on Heritage Hall’s Specialty Therapy Programs

At Heritage Hall, it is important for us to educate families and residents of how the world of inpatient rehabilitation is changing. Not only are doctors wanting to see shorter therapy stays for patients who are recovering from major surgeries, but more and more patients are coming to us with Medicare Advantage plans or private insurances in which the insurance themselves drive the discharge, not the therapists who actually treat the patients. One thing I know for certain is that all of the therapy departments within each of our 17 Heritage Hall facilities follow the physician protocol that is specific... View Article


5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

March 20, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on 5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Seniors

Today is the first day of Spring, and if you’re like most folks, you’re already making a list of “Spring Cleaning To-Dos” that need to be checked off. For seniors, the job of daily cleaning can be difficult, but the thought of whole-house spring cleaning is downright intimidating. Spring cleaning is also a time for purging and organizing – which is always a smart idea for senior citizens to help prevent clutter and other dangerous hazards around the home. Here are a few 5 ways to get your spring cleaning done safely and efficiently. Make a list Start with a... View Article


Why Therapy is so Important after a Fall

March 13, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Why Therapy is so Important after a Fall

The CDC reports that more than one out of four people 65 and older falls each year, and over 3 million are treated in emergency departments annually for fall injuries. In addition, one out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. Over 800,000 patients a year are hospitalized because of a fall injury, most often because of a head injury or hip fracture. What Can Happen After a Fall? Many falls do not cause injuries. But one out of five falls does cause a serious injury such as a broken bone or... View Article


Heritage Hall Rich Creek Implements Horticulture Therapy Program

March 8, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Heritage Hall Rich Creek Implements Horticulture Therapy Program

Heritage Hall Rich Creek is eager to announce an exciting new program for the Spring 2018 season. Partnered with the Rehab team and Horticulture Director, Horticulture Therapy will be the latest offering at the facility. If you’re visiting Heritage Hall Rich Creek in the Spring and Summer months you’re guaranteed to notice the vibrant flowers and delicious veggies grown by the Horticulture department. The program is a long time favorite of staff, residents and visitors alike and until now has been enjoyed only as an activity. Since it’s proven to promote health and fond memories, the facility has decided to... View Article


Home safety tips for seniors

March 1, 2018 6:47 pm Published by Comments Off on Home safety tips for seniors

Many older adults prefer to live independently as long as possible. If you or an elderly loved one plan to remain in the family home long past retirement, it’s important to make sure that you are safe while at home. According to Care-One.com, “Seniors are involved in more than 2.3 million accidents in their homes each year. While many seniors prefer to live independently, most homes are poorly designed to meet their needs. Approximately 7,000 adults 65 and older die in such accidents annually. Falls are the number one safety risk for older adults – nearly one third of the... View Article


Giving back as a senior

February 20, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on Giving back as a senior

Senior citizens are a crucial part of the volunteer community, donating their time each year to make a difference in their community. According to LeadingAge.com, “More than 20 million senior volunteers give nearly 3 billion hours of service annually, at a value of $67 billion.” In addition to being an important community resource, studies have also shown that volunteering as a senior citizen is beneficial to your health. Lower depression rates, increased physical abilities, decreased depression and an improved sense of well-being are all benefits of volunteering in your senior citizen years. The National Institute on Aging says that “participating... View Article


The importance of a heart healthy lifestyle for seniors

February 13, 2018 8:00 am Published by Comments Off on The importance of a heart healthy lifestyle for seniors

February is Heart Health Month. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States? Heart disease is also one of the most preventable diseases out there. “Living a heart-healthy lifestyle, knowing your family health history and the risk factors for heart disease, having regular check-ups and working with your physician to manage your health are all integral aspects of saving lives from this often silent killer,” according to The Heart Foundation.  According to the American Heart Association, “About 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average... View Article


How to financially prepare for a one-income household

February 6, 2018 5:13 pm Published by Comments Off on How to financially prepare for a one-income household

For many older Americans, it was often typical for the wife to stay at home while the husband worked outside the home. Today, that scenario is more frequently the exception, rather than the rule. For many of today’s seniors, the household has ALWAYS been a two-income household. So if that household income suddenly was cut in half due to illness or death of one of the breadwinners, the results could come as quite a shock if preparations are not made in advance. It may be depressing to think about, but it could happen to any of us – not just... View Article


Are you getting enough fluids?

January 31, 2018 5:45 pm Published by Comments Off on Are you getting enough fluids?

We all know water is essential to life, but how much water is adequate? It’s possible to become dehydrated even when you believe you’ve consumed enough liquids. You can get dehydrated at any time when you lose more water than you take in. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.” Changes that occur to the body during aging, such as a decrease in total amount of water in the... View Article