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How Much Exercise Can Increase Brain Functions in Seniors?

A new study published by the Journal of Neurology: Clinical Practice suggests that seniors need 52 hours of exercise over a 6-month period to boost their reasoning skills and the brain’s processing speed.   The study also found that low-intensity exercise, such as walking, can provide these benefits as long as it is carried out for […]

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Finding the Right ALF

When we were growing up, our parents took care of us. As they age, the responsibility is passed to us to help take care of them. For a while you may have taken care of your parents in your own home. Sometimes, though, this becomes impossible because the child doesn’t have the time any longer, […]

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Medicare Advantage Will Allow In-home Care as Supplemental Benefit in 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that non-skilled, in-home care services will be allowed as a supplemental benefit for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans in 2019. This is the first time that CMS has allowed supplemental benefits which include daily maintenance for recipients of Medicare Advantage. “CMS is expanding the definition of […]

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Aging and Managing Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is defined as a pain that persists for several months and sometimes years, sending signals to the nervous system that the body is in distress or great anguish. A wide range of health conditions such as arthritis, back sprain, migraine and peripheral neuropathy can cause chronic pain. The National Institutes of Health estimated […]

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Seniors Considered High Risk With Regard to Flu Complications

Getting the flu usually means spending several days at home away from friends and co-workers. Most healthy people will recover from the flu in about two weeks with proper home care. However, some individuals are at a higher risk of complications, making it essential for them to seek medical care immediately if they display flu […]

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The Importance of a Local Primary Doctor for Seasonal Residents

Southwest Florida enjoys a substantial inflow during the winter and early spring months especially. When seasonal residents experience an injury or become ill, they are often unsure as to whom to go to for medical care, since many seasonal residents do not have a local primary physician. Often times, their only primary care doctor is […]

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Recognizing and Understanding Depression in Seniors

Depression is one of the most common illnesses faced people all age groups across the United States. Sometimes, however, it goes completely undetected and therefore, untreated. There are known challenges in recognizing and understanding depression in order to treat it in a timely, positive, and medically appropriate way. Identifying the signs of depression and getting […]

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March is National Nutrition Month

As we enter National Nutrition Month, it is a good time to take inventory of your diet to assess caloric intake, serving sizes, total fat, and any needed improvements to ensure you have a balanced diet. Here are some tips for elderly caregivers aiming to shop for nutrient-rich foods: One must first understand the basics […]

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Checklist: Is Your Elderly Loved One’s Home Safe?

The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission says over 600,000 elderly Americans are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year, for injuries that occurred at home. Many of these injuries were easily preventable by taking some steps to ensure our elderly loved one’s homes are safe. Here is a checklist to help you evaluate your loved […]

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Tips to Help the Elderly Fight Depression During the Holidays and Beyond

The holidays are supposed to be a happy time – at least that is what society says. But, the reality is that some people may be going through a tough time, dealing with isolation and depression, and may need a little help to combat the holiday blues. The elderly, in particular, may have a hard […]

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Essential Holiday Tips When Visiting Elderly Family Members

  Providing proper care for the elderly is an ever-growing topic. Caregiving can be challenging, but caregiving at a distance poses additional challenges. Many times, caregivers are only able to visit with elderly family members during the holiday season, so it is important to take note of every detail during these visits, to ensure elderly […]

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3 Must-Follow Tips on Hurricane Preparedness

Earlier this month, Southwest Florida dodged Hurricane Matthew as it tore through the eastern coast of Florida and ran up the Atlantic seaboard before moving out to sea – causing anywhere from $5 billion to $10 billion worth of damage. We haven’t taken a direct hit from a hurricane in 11 years, but that doesn’t […]

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Free Healthcare Presentation – Inpatient v. Observation Status in the Hospital

  Do you know there is a difference when the hospital considers you to be in observation as a patient compared to being admitted as an inpatient? Your status can affect what your insurance can or cannot cover for post-hospital care. Presented by Kass Hubbard, RN, Administrator, Moorings Park Community Health, join us at the Golden […]

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An Interview with Our Speech Pathologist: Nicole Lombrillo, MS, CCC-SLP, LSVT LOUD Certified

MPCH Team: How long have you been in the health care field? Nicole: “I started my health care career in 1998.” MPCH Team: What made you want to become a speech therapist? Nicole: “I was on track to become a deaf interpreter when

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Caregivers Need Rest and Care, Too

All of us have been in a caregiver role at some point in our lives and many of us are currently caring for their children, family and aging parents. These generous individuals are usually thinking of others before themselves. While being a caregiver can be critical for many families, it is very important that we are taking good […]

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