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Seniors | Generations Home Care
A woman discussing thyroid health with her doctor
Our thyroids play a critical role in our body’s overall health. The gland produces a hormone that controls how we use energy — a system commonly called the metabolism. When the thyroid malfunctions by producing either too much (hyperthyroidism) or too little (hypothyroidism) hormone, it causes problems throughout the body. Left untreated, both conditions can […]
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Senior women being examined for glaucoma
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, which is an opportunity to highlight a disease commonly called “the sneak thief of sight.” Glaucoma has earned this intimidating moniker for a good reason because most people who have the disease don’t realize it. Even worse, once the disease begins damaging your eyesight, it can never be recovered. […]
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A senior standing on a scale as they work to maintain a healthy weight.
Lots of people avoid stepping on the bathroom scale every morning because they’re afraid of what they’ll see. So instead, they ignore the scale altogether and slowly and steadily gain weight. By some estimates, 160 million Americans are overweight or obese. That’s nearly three-quarters of men and 60% of women. The numbers don’t improve much for […]
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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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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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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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Senior avoiding malnutrition by preparing healthy food with a young girl.
September 23-27 marks Malnutrition Awareness Week, a program launched in 2012 by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN).  The program’s goal is threefold: Educate healthcare professionals to identify and treat for malnutrition earlier Educate consumers/patients to discuss their nutrition status with healthcare professionals Increase awareness of nutrition’s role in patient recovery Even though the United […]
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Two aging seniors in the kitchen, posing in front of an array of healthy foods.
For more than 20 years, we’ve recognized September as Healthy Aging Month. While many things have changed over the last two decades, people across the United States still want to stay active and engaged in life as they get older. We see this every day in our work with the senior community as we help […]
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senior immunizations
In late 18th century England, a physician named Edward Jenner made a revolutionary discovery. At the time, smallpox killed more than 30% of the people it infected, and, as a result, caused much fear throughout Britain. According to local knowledge, though, milkmaids who’d previously contracted cowpox were immune from the more virulent form of the […]
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