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Rehabilitation important after hip replacement surgery
Rehabilitation important after hip replacement surgery

Hip replacement is one of the most common medical procedures performed in the nation. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 300,000 total hip replacements are performed each year in the United States. Hip replacement is surgery for people with severe hip damage. The most common cause of damage is osteoarthritis.

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10 summertime tips for seniors
10 summertime tips for seniors

The days are growing warmer and longer, meaning summer will be on its way soon. This time of year brings pleasant weather and more opportunities for outdoor fun and relaxation. However, older adults need to be careful during the summertime to make sure they stay healthy and protected from the effects of warmer weather. Older

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Don’t wait until the last moment to organize your affairs
Don’t wait until the last moment to organize your affairs

When it comes to facing times of illness or crisis, much can be learned from the Boy Scouts of America. The Scout motto is “Be Prepared” and that is the appropriate spirit for organizing financial and medical affairs for yourself or a loved one. A devastating health or personal emergency can strike at any time,

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Getting a good night’s sleep important to rehabilitation
Getting a good night’s sleep important to rehabilitation

Adequate sleep is essential for overall health and well-being. As we get older, getting a good night’s rest becomes more challenging because sleep patterns change with age. Sleep occurs in several stages, including light and deep sleep, and periods of active dreaming (REM sleep). According to the National Sleep Foundation, older people spend more time

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Had a stroke? Get back on track with rehabilitation
Had a stroke? Get back on track with rehabilitation

May is National Stroke Awareness Month and it’s a good time to reflect on the importance of stroke rehabilitation and the part it plays in helping those that have suffered a stroke recover and live fuller lives. Nearly 800,000 people have a stroke in America each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and

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Tai chi can help seniors strike the right balance
Tai chi can help seniors strike the right balance

Balance is essential to the ability to perform daily activities and prevent falls. As we age, keeping our balance can become more difficult for a number of reasons, including osteoarthritis, loss of muscle strength, diminished sensory perception and slower reflexes. Problems with balance can lead to falls and fall-related injuries. Several studies have found that

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Avoid the break: How finding out about osteoporosis now can help you later
Avoid the break: How finding out about osteoporosis now can help you later

Did you know that many older people with osteoporosis don’t know they have it until they have broken a bone? However, osteoporosis is a very common condition for seniors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it affects about 1 in 4 women aged 65 and older and 1 in 20 men aged

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The benefits of amputation rehabilitation
The benefits of amputation rehabilitation

There are about two million people living with limb loss in the United States, according to the Amputee Coalition. Due to the growing prevalence of diabetes and other health conditions that impact the vascular system, that number is expected to increase. Losing a limb creates a permanent disability that affects a person’s mobility, quality of

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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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