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How older people can avoid falls
How older people can avoid falls

Falls are more likely in the older population for a number of reasons, including changes in balance and mobility. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one-third of older adults age 65 and older fall each year. Falls can be devastating to an older body, causing serious injuries such as fractures and

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Getting enough fluids an important part of healthy living
Getting enough fluids an important part of healthy living

Water is life. No one knows that better than the scientists at NASA. Indication of water on a planet means the possibility that life can even exist. Whether we’re traveling to outer space or going for a walk in the neighborhood, water is a vital necessity. Without hydration, our bodies cease to function normally. According

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Occupational therapy helps people have fuller lives
Occupational therapy helps people have fuller lives

April is Occupational Therapy Month. For more than 100 years, occupational therapy has been the only profession that helps people across all ages do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities. Occupational therapy practitioners help their patients promote health and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness or disability.

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What you should know about carpal tunnel syndrome
What you should know about carpal tunnel syndrome

If you have been experiencing a nagging pain or tingling in the palm of your hand, you might need to be checked for carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness and tingling in the hand and arm. Simply put, carpal tunnel syndrome is a pinched nerve in the

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How to get dressed with mobility problems
How to get dressed with mobility problems

The need for an assistive device may become necessary as we age or experience injuries that impact our mobility. These devices are often used to help individuals with decreased balance, pain, weakness, fatigue or joint instability. A reduction in mobility can make performing activities of daily living very difficult. Fortunately, there are several assistive devices

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What you should know about inpatient vs. outpatient rehab
What you should know about inpatient vs. outpatient rehab

If you have suffered a serious debilitating illness, injury or recently had surgery, you may be considering rehabilitation to help get you on the path to recovery. As you look at your rehab options, you may have to decide what type of therapy best meets your needs. Along the way, you may want to weigh

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The benefits of nutritional supplements for seniors
The benefits of nutritional supplements for seniors

Aging can bring a lot of changes that can alter how a person eats that can eventually lead to nutrition problems. Getting older can diminish sensory systems and dull taste, smell, vision, and hearing. Less than sharp senses can reduce the appetite and make eating unappealing. If an older person has dental or swallowing problems,

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5 benefits of stretching for seniors
5 benefits of stretching for seniors

As we age, our flexibility and range of motion decreases. Joints become less nimble and muscles become weaker. This can lead to seniors becoming less active and more prone to falls. In some cases, older people become unable to walk due to disease or loss of strength. When the body doesn’t move, it only gets

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How to use a wheelchair properly
How to use a wheelchair properly

An ambulatory assistive device may become necessary as we age or experience injuries that impact our mobility. These devices are often used to help individuals with decreased balance, pain, weakness, fatigue or joint instability. They may also take the weight off a lower extremity that has undergone a surgery. Assistive devices such as canes, crutches

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Cardiac patients may be missing out on rehabilitation benefits
Cardiac patients may be missing out on rehabilitation benefits

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. While ways to prevent heart disease are widely known and touted by our health professionals, the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation for those who

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