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Tips to Prevent Falls in the Home and Community

September 21
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Falls Prevention Awareness Week is a national health campaign coinciding with the first week of Fall each year that brings awareness to one of the leading causes of injuries and hospitalizations among senior adults. Regardless of our age, anyone can have a fall; however, according to the CDC, older adults – those 65 and older – fall at a higher frequency, with more than one in four older adults experiencing falls each year. This population also experiences the most hospitalizations after a fall, with an average of 800,000 per year, and accounts for 3 million annual visits to the emergency department due to fall-related injuries.

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How Personal Care Benefits Seniors and Their Loved Ones

May 18
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According to the National Institute on Aging, over half of seniors 65 and older will need some form of healthcare service in their lifetime. For individuals who need additional assistance with activities of daily living (ADL) such as bathing, eating, dressing, and mobility - personal care communities offer services and amenities to assist with these tasks as well as with instrumental activities of daily living (IADL).

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How Adult Day Services Supports Family Caregivers

April 20
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Adult Day Centers are settings that provide care to senior adults, adults with memory impairing ailments like Alzheimer’s or dementia and adults with physical or intellectual disabilities who require assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs). An adult day service center not only provides additional help with these tasks, but also offers daily activities, nutritional programs, amenities, healthcare services and support to family caregivers.

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Telehealth Services: An Effective Intervention in Reducing Rehospitalizations

April 13
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At the start of the global health crisis in early 2020, health care providers across the country began implementing mitigation efforts to help slow community spread of the virus and limit exposure to patients and staff members. Telehealth and telemedicine soon became part of our everyday healthcare language, but many were left wondering exactly what these services entail and how they differ.

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The Benefits of Using Virtual Reality in Senior Communities

March 30
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Imagine looking out over the arid plains of the Sahara Desert or seeing the vibrant colors of Van Gogh’s Starry Night painting come to life. Thanks to the enhanced availability of virtual reality (VR) technology, these are a few experiences Concordia residents and patients at several of our senior care communities have enjoyed during the past year.

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Recognizing, Treating and Managing a Lymphedema Diagnosis: A Q & A with a Lymphedema Specialist

March 9
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Lymphedema is a chronic condition that affects millions of people annually, though it is often misdiagnosed and does not have a definitive cure. In support of Lymphedema Awareness Month and to help our community better understand and manage a lymphedema diagnosis, we spoke with Concordia Visiting Nurses Physical Therapist Sue Hanna.

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Ways to Love Your Heart: Health Tips for Seniors

February 16
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For many people, February is known as the month of love, and fittingly also happens to be American Heart Health Month. While the month marks a time to show our love to the important people in our lives, it’s also a time to make sure we show some love to ourselves, by making lifestyle changes to keep our heart strong and healthy. Heart health for seniors is particularly important because our heart undergoes many changes as we age.

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How to Recognize Seasonal Depression in Seniors

January 26
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The winter months bring the joy of celebrating the holiday season with friends and family members, but the shorter days and lack of sunlight can also cause mood changes for certain individuals. In some cases, these changes are significant and indicative of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), “SAD is not considered a separate disorder but is a type of depression characterized by its recurrent seasonal pattern, with symptoms lasting about 4 to 5 months per year.”

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Tips for Conquering Seasonal Depression During the Pandemic

January 12
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The new year invites a lot of positivity into our lives. The turn of the calendar is a time many of us focus on resolutions, achieving goals and a healthier lifestyle. In much of the country, it is also a time that is marked by the cold and dark days of winter. The lack of sunlight and the blustery temperatures tend to keep us indoors and more susceptible to the winter blues.

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Defining Home Care, Home Health and Hospice Care

December 15, 2020
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In today’s senior care landscape, it seems like there are SO MANY terms and expressions that one can easily become confused or overwhelmed. As much education as we try to provide, we still get a lot of questions about the different terminology. Here are some commonly asked questions we get at Concordia from families and individuals just starting their search for home care, home health or hospice care services. (Here are links to past articles on this subject: February 2019, January 2018, January 2017 and October 2016).

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