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November Is National Diabetes Month, Things To Know

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when citizens should focus on what they can do to stay healthy. This year’s focus is on the link between diabetes, heart disease and stroke.   The statistics are grim. Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without…

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Antidepressants Associated with Increased Death in People Suffering from COPD

For people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) taking a Serotonergic (SSRI/SNRI) antidepressant may increase the risk for death by 20% and hospitalization by 15%. A study carried out by researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario in Canada was published June 26, 2018, in the European Respiratory Journal. The lead author, Dr. Nicholas…

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Preventing and Surviving Strokes

The National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) The National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) is from May 13-19. It traditionally begins on Mother’s Day, which this year falls on May 13 and this year it will focus on “Celebrating Life’s Stories.” Here at Ditmas Park, resident mothers will be honored with a Mother’s Day celebration…

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Physical Exercise can Delay Dementia by 9.5 Years

Women who Tested High for Cardiovascular Fitness in Middle Age Were able to Delay the Onset of Dementia by 9.5 Years A study published in the Neurology Journal, April 10, 2018 entitled “Midlife Cardiovascular Fitness and Dementia, A 44-year Longitudinal Population Study in Women” shows that physical exercise in women can delay the onset of…

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Vascular Dementia – Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VCI)

Vascular Dementia – Vascular Cognitive Impairment (VCI) Vascular dementia also called vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s Disease, but it can sometimes be prevented. In some ways they appear similar, but the cause of each one is completely different. Vascular dementia is caused by obstructions and damage…

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Smoking and Seniors

It is never too late to stop smoking, but the sooner you do it the more you can help prevent further damage to your health. The health risks for seniors who smoke are  multiplied as seniors are also facing the challenges of aging. Smoking kills In the United States smoking is the main culprit responsible…

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Health Benefits of Broccoli for Seniors

Sulforaphane and Osteoarthritis A UK study in 2013 by researchers at the University of East Anglia showed that a substance called sulforaphane (sulphoraphane) found in broccoli Brassica oleracea var. italica and other cruciferous vegetables of the Brassica family can prevent or slow down the destruction of cartilage by osteoarthritis in the joints of mice. Sulforaphane…

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Preventing Hernias in Seniors

Hernias A hernia is caused by a weakness or tear in muscles usually in the abdominal wall, which allows a part of the intestine to bulge out, especially when standing. Most hernias will fall back in place when lying down. Types of Hernias Inguinal hernias are in the lower abdomen and are more common in…

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Stroke Rehabilitation

High blood pressure, High Cholesterol, Diabetes, Smoking and Obesity The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that more than 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year and for about 610,000 of them this is their first stroke. Strokes kill about 140,000 Americans every year, which is 1 in every 20 deaths. About 87%…

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