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Fighting Heart Disease – The American Heart Association

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year. It is the leading cause of death for both men and women. The CDC estimates that health care costs, medications and loss of productivity due to heart disease runs at more than $108 billion each year. Other estimates are even higher. By 2030, this number is expected to triple. According to the American Heart Association, by 2030, 40.5% of the US population is projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease.

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Support Your Cause

National Health Observances – 2015

Each month, momentum builds throughout the country and across the globe in support of various health-related causes. Organizations tied to particular diseases and conditions establish national awareness months or awareness weeks in hopes of gaining more support for their cause. Be it hunger, cancer, nutrition, mental health, or even stuttering. If there’s a cause, chances are there is a special awareness month, week, or day associated with it. And that’s a good thing. It gives these organizations an opportunity to reach more people with their message.

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A Tree Grows In The Forest

Science Care is pleased to announce that our 2015 Memory In Nature Project will be supporting the Arbor Day Foundation and their reforestation efforts in the Appalachian Mountain region of northwestern Pennsylvania. The goal of this project is to replenish high-value native tree species in areas where soil has become too compacted for natural regeneration to occur. Native species to the region include white oak, northern red oak, chestnut oak, bigtooth aspen, black chokeberry, serviceberry, grey dogwood, ninebark, elderberry and eastern white pine.

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10 Great Books for Caregivers

If you’re new to caregiving or elder care and don’t know where to start, we’ve compiled a list of some top-rated books available at Amazon that will help answer your questions:

How to Care for Aging Parents – 3rd Edition: A One-Stop Resource for All Your Medical, Financial, Housing, and Emotional Issues – Feb 2014

By Virginia Morris and Jennie Chin Hansen RN MSN FAAN

“The bible of eldercare”—ABC World News. “An indispensable book”—AARP. “A compassionate guide of encyclopedic proportion”—The Washington Post…”

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A Letter to Science Care – Why I Joined the Donor Registry

I lost a member of our cancer support group 2 weeks ago and she was my rock. She was the most giving person I know. Suzanne inspired us all to help others. I and another member were talking and we decided it was the right thing to do. I discussed it with my husband and he agreed that he would do it too. You see, I had a cavernous angioma in my brain 10 years ago causing severe headaches. They found it because I was having headaches and my neurologist did a MRI to see what was going on. The ventricles of the brain were enlarged and contained abnormal amounts of fluid. The neurosurgeon put a shunt in – a week later I got meningitis. I ended up in the hospital for a month after they removed the shunt. Later they put it in my heart. A year later I was found to have breast cancer. I had a double mastectomy and then started the process or tissue expanders and chemotherapy.

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Senior Living – Shopping for a Retirement Community

Thinking about selling the old homestead and moving into a retirement community? Now may be as good a time as any to start looking. With home prices slowly on the rise, more seniors are able to sell their existing homes and move on to the greener pastures of a retirement community. Occupancy rates at these communities are steadily increasing and developers are once again doing what they do best – develop. Fortunately for those looking to buy, the rebound in the real estate market doesn’t exactly mirror the Oklahoma Land Rush of 1889. There are still deals and incentives to be had depending on where you plan to live.

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Holiday Scams (Don’t Be A Victim)

The season of giving doesn’t necessarily mean the season of giving away. We all know this is the time of year that many people, especially seniors, fall victim to predatory financial scams be it in the form of telemarketing, fake charities, computer viruses, email phishing, insurance fraud, etc. The list goes on and on. Seniors are generally the biggest target and the ones who are often hit the hardest. Seniors are more likely to own their own home, have good credit and have a “nest egg” saved up for retirement. Even more important, they tend to be more trusting. It’s the perfect storm for those perpetrating fraud. The primary goal of these scammers is to get at your personal information or to get you to send them money. What can you do about it? It’s simple. Don’t become a victim.

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Exercise and Physical Activity in an Aging Population

By: Karie Wilson, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Like most people, you’ve probably heard that physical activity, including exercise, is good for you. However, many people fear exercise, especially when they get older, believing it will cause pain or injuries. There are many different ways to be physically active and exercise; you just have to find what works the best for you.

So why is physical activity so important? Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age. Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits. Regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older. Now don’t worry if you already have health problems, exercise can still help you. Exercise can play an important role in the treatment of many chronic conditions such as: arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.

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Science Care Meets up with Meals on Wheels of Broward County!

Meals on Wheels of Broward County FL has partnered with Science Care to distribute flyers with their meals each week to 1,000 low income recipients in the Broward County community service area.

If you are not familiar yet with Meals on Wheels, you should be. The Meals on Wheels Association of America is a national organization which supports a network of more than 5,000 Senior Nutrition Programs that operate in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Each of these programs combine to deliver more than one million meals a day to senior centers as well as directly to the homes of seniors in need.

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Tips For Keeping Your Brain Sharp

As we age, so too does our brain. Everyone knows that physical exercise helps keep the bones and muscles in shape, but did you know that exercising your brain can help keep it in shape also? Some studies suggest that regular brain exercise can help keep your mind sharp which could potentially help to lessen the severity of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Brain exercise is all about challenging your brain to think beyond your normal every-day routines and activities. In other words, doing something your brain isn’t used to doing, like changing hands to do certain tasks (if you are right handed, use your left hand), or getting dressed in the dark (just make sure you put everything on correctly when you turn on the lights!). This helps the brain to form new neural connections. Exercising your brain is said to also induce more blood flow to the brain which can be beneficial as well.

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