Health & Wellness

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Heat Stroke: Know the Warning Signs

A serious risk for seniors during the hot summer months is heat stroke, and it’s especially hazardous for elderly adults because of the natural changes that happen as the body ages. Family members and seniors must know the warning signs when a loved one is experiencing a heat stroke and what they can do to mitigate it.

A heat stroke is a condition called hyperthermia that is the body’s inability to regulate its temperature due to several factors. What happens in hyperthermia, the body absorbs more heat than it can dispel. The opposite condition occurs in the winter months, hypothermia. Other terms for hyperthermia are heat fatigue, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion.READ MORE

Care Transitions for Senior Health

The Affordable Care Act added the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program in 2012, requiring the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce payments to hospitals with excess readmission. A readmission is a reentry to a hospital or another facility, within 30 days after the hospital visit. The result has been, improved care transitions for patients across the board.

The key targeted illnesses that have high readmission rates are an acute heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia. In 2010, readmission costs toppled over $17.4 billion for Medicare. It is imperative for health care providers to find the best ways to help patients lower these costs by giving better care transitions upon discharge. READ MORE

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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May

May is the perfect month to celebrate physical activity as warmer weather and sunshine comes into our lives. People of all ages celebrate the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. It emphasizes the significance of healthy lifestyles, being physically active, and joining in favorite sports and activities.

The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports originated in the 1950’s after a study revealed that American children to be less fit than their European counterparts. Since that time, Americans put more attention on physical fitness and wellness. In 1983, Congress designated the month of May to be the annual celebration of physical fitness. READ MORE

Celebrate Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month, a time to honor older adults and celebrate their contributions to our communities and our nation. It’s a yearly event going back to 1963 when President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month. Later it was renamed Older Americans Month.

Seniors bring much value to local communities through volunteering their time and resources. There are more than 20 million senior volunteers who give nearly 3 billion hours of service annually. That value totals close to $67 billion.

This year’s theme of celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. The Act provides a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, community-based assistance, preventive health services, elder abuse prevention, and much more.READ MORE

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How to Choose a Primary Care Physician

When selecting a primary care physician or a health care practitioner, it’s important to choose a medical professional who works well with you and your health needs. First decide what type of physician you need. For example, when selecting a doctor do you need one to help manage your overall healthcare and then refer you to a specialist? Or would you prefer choosing a doctor specializing in chronic illness?

After that decision check with your health insurance plan. It may confine your choice, putting limits on a group of plan-approved physicians. Always consider the terms in your plan. And if the doctor that you want does not participate in the program, check your out-of-pocket costs for the visit.

In the U.S., most physicians are board certified. The primary care physicians are board certified in family medicine and only see patients for routine ailments and regular checkups. Specialists see patients who need special procedures like a colonoscopy or help with a chronic condition. READ MORE

Healthy Aging Tips

Healthy Aging Practices

People can change their lives any time of the year but the springtime is one of the best seasons. It’s the most refreshing time after being cooped up all winter. And it offers hope and new beginnings.

But setting healthy goals demand effort and planning. We pray, wish, write down, join, swear, assess, let go, add, and calculate. Why then after so much energy, come the summer, we’re nowhere near the finish line?

For some people, making physical, emotional, and spiritual changes are easy and natural. While for others, it’s next to the impossible!READ MORE

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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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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Did You Know – It’s Bone and Joint Health National Awareness Week?

Bone and joint disease is a leading cause of escalating healthcare costs and disability in America. It is estimated that more than 30% of the nation’s population is being treated for some form of musculoskeletal disease, which may include conditions such as osteoporosis, arthritis, spinal problems, back pain, knee and hip pain, muscle and ligament injuries, bone fractures, traumatic injuries and more. As the population ages…the problem grows.

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