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Fall Prevention in Older Adults. Picture of an older caucasian female being helped with her walker by a young caucasian female home health caregiver.

Fall Prevention in Older Adults

Every year one out of four older adults, those 65 and older, suffers a fall. 1 These falls can be serious and costly. Many falls do not cause injuries, but one out of five causes a serious injury such as a broken bone or head injury. 2,3 There are many conditions that contribute to falls. […]

Exercising to Build the Immune System. Picture of a caucasian male and female power walking.

Exercising to Build the Immune System

We have all heard the advice: one of the best things we can do to stay healthy, besides a balanced diet, is to stay physically active. This bit of advice has been around for ages, but until recently, researchers did not have much data to support the idea. A systematic review of 16 studies find […]

November is National Home Care Month. Picture of hands holding a heart.

November is National Home Care Month

Each November the home care and hospice community honors the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a central role in our healthcare system and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, we call […]

Traumatic Brain Injury After Care. Picture of a scan of the brain.

Traumatic Brain Injury After Care

A traumatic brain injury can happen when you fall, get hit, or something hits you in the head hard enough to damage the brain. So how do you know if you have a TBI (traumatic brain injury)?  John Hopkins Medicine has developed a list of symptoms that may occur:1 Headaches Dizziness Confusion Convulsions Loss of […]

Does Weightlifting Added to Aerobic Exercise Offer a Longer Life? Picture of a caucasian arm holding light dumbbell weights.

Does Weightlifting Added to Aerobic Exercise Offer a Longer Life?

Regular physical activity provides important health benefits for those with chronic health conditions or disabilities. Exercise in general helps build a stronger body and lower mortality risk. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests that weightlifting added to aerobic exercise further reduces the risk of all-cause and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality. […]

Running and Cardiovascular Mortality. Picture of a caucasian female running along a beach at the water's edge.

Running and Cardiovascular Mortality

Running is a popular leisure-time activity, but little is known about the long-term effects of running on mortality. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Government have released guidelines recommending at least 75 minutes of high-intensity or 150 minutes moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week. [1,2] The Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study was conducted to examine the […]

Is the Bathroom the Most Dangerous Room in the House? Picture of a toilet in a bathroom with grab bars.

Is the Bathroom the Most Dangerous Room in the House?

The scariest room in horror movies is often the basement. There should be more fear of the bathroom. Although the smallest room in the house, a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study found that nonfatal injuries among older adults were likely to occur in the bathroom. [1] The two most common spots for injuries were […]

Heart Healthy Foods. Picture of a caucasian female's hands holding a cup of hot chocolate with a heart in the froth on top.

Heart Healthy Foods

Around 92.1 million adults in the U.S. are living with cardiovascular disease or the aftereffect of stroke. It is a leading cause of death in the United States. It’s important to know some preventative measures for heart disease. One of those is diet. A balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables goes a long way. […]

Naps and Blood Pressure. Picture of a black male sitting at a table with his head resting on one hand, napping.

Naps and Blood Pressure

Hypertension (high blood pressure) affects 31.1% of the adult population worldwide and contributes to the burden of health problems. [1] Hypertension increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure, and accounts for about 9.4 million deaths every year in the world. [2] A recent study finds that people who take a midday nap […]

Exercising for Hand Flexibility. Picture of a caucasian female's hands stacking small blocks.

Exercising for Hand Flexibility

Hand function is crucial for maintaining independence for daily life activities. Hands perform countless small and large tasks each day – such as brushing teeth, raking leaves, pouring coffee, sewing, or knitting. Hand stiffness can make simple tasks overwhelming. According to an article published in The Journals of Gerontology, hand function decreases with age in […]