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Josh Friesen, Author at Generations Home Care
Senior receiving her influenza vaccination from a healthcare provider
December 1-7th is National Influenza Vaccination Week – a time set aside by the CDC to highlight the importance of being vaccinated against the flu. In typical years, flu season runs between October and March. While the CDC recommends that people get vaccinated before flu season begins, National Influenza Vaccination Week reminds us that it’s never […]
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diabetes
Every November, healthcare professionals take part in American Diabetes Month, to raise awareness for a disease affecting millions of people across the country. According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2015, more than 30 million Americans had some form of the disease. Another 84.1 million Americans had prediabetes — signaling higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, which is an early warning […]
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Dementia patient holding hands with younger women as they discuss her risk.
For years, physicians and researchers have warned against the growing threat of dementia. Currently, some 50 million people around the globe live with the disease, and the numbers show no sign of slowing. By 2050, the World Health Organization estimates that the total number of dementia cases could grow as high as 150 million. Ordinary Americans are hearing these reports […]
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alzheimer's disease awareness month
In 1983, President Ronald Regan declared November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. At the time of Regan’s announcement, fewer than 3 million Americans had the disease. Today, 36 years later, the number of Americans who have Alzheimer’s has more than doubled to 5.8 million. If this trend continues, experts predict the number of Americans […]
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bladder care
November is National Bladder Health Month, which provides an excellent opportunity to talk about bladder problems — a group of issues affecting seniors nationwide. Our bladders are important because they allow us to hold and release urine, which is a byproduct of the food we consume. When our bladders aren’t healthy, however, it can cause other problems […]
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Arizona Family Caregiver providing a meal for an older women in a wheelchair
Family caregivers fill a critical gap in the United State’s fractured healthcare landscape. Because Medicare doesn’t cover in-home care or assisted living services, family members often care for aging parents, ill spouses, and disabled loved ones themselves. According to research conducted by the AARP, there are 40 million Americans providing care for loved ones around the […]
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Two older adults practicing good dental hygiene
October is National Dental Hygiene Month, which serves as an annual reminder for the importance of maintaining good dental health. Our mouth, teeth, and gums don’t exist in a vacuum. Instead, they play a critical role in the health of our entire body. In many cases, health problems in the mouth can indicate problems in the […]
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Arizona Respiratory Care
The final week of October is Respiratory Care Week, which recognizes the vital work respiratory therapists do helping people of all ages breathe easier. While respiratory problems affect every age group, they’re most common among older people. In fact, according to research, 15% of middle-age or older Americans — nearly 1 in 7 — suffer […]
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Senior mental health
Every October 10th, The World Health Organization promotes World Mental Health Day, “with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.” As an organization working primarily with seniors, we’d like to turn our focus to the critical role mental health plays for older […]
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Senior bone and joint health
October 12-20 marks National Bone and Joint Action Week — an annual event raising awareness for bone and joint health. Research shows that more than half of Americans over 18 are affected by musculoskeletal conditions. What’s more, “bone and joint conditions are the most common cause of severe long-term pain and physical disability worldwide affecting hundreds […]
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