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Low Sugar Halloween for Diabetic Seniors

Halloween can be a particularly difficult time for seniors with diabetes. The holiday has become synonymous with sugary candy and chocolates, and these often prove too tempting for many people. While indulging in some sugar on Halloween may seem harmless, it is especially important for diabetic seniors to avoid this. Holiday treats are often deluxe versions of traditional favorites and can be packed with even more sugar than ordinary candy. Too much sugar, especially when ingested over a short period of time, can dangerously increase blood glucose levels and may make medications less effective. Raised blood sugar levels can lead to blurred
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Tricks to Healthier Eating Habits

It seems as though everyone is placing a greater focus on better eating habits, but making these dietary changes can be difficult. Especially where senior eating habits are concerned, changing after a lifetime of living on junk foods can seem impossible. There are some ways to make changes gradually and without feeling like you’re really making the big sacrifices one might expect.   Make It Easier to Eat Healthy Eating right requires a lifestyle change in more ways than one. It’s not just about the foods you buy. It’s also about how you store your food and which items are
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Proper Sun Protection for Seniors and Medical Patients

Medications Can Exacerbate Heat Regulation Problems There is no perfect regiment for sun protection that can work for everyone. Many medications can impair the body’s natural ability to regulate internal body temperature or make the skin more sensitive to the sun. It is important that patients discuss the risks of heat stroke and side-effects of particular medicines before thoughtlessly basking in the sun. It is recommended that patients take supplemental Vitamin D tablets to keep their bones and teeth strong when they are unable to spend long periods of time in the sun.   Recognizing Symptoms of Overheating You may
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Arthritis: Prevention and Care

Did you know that arthritis isn’t a disease? Similar to dementia, arthritis is an umbrella term used to describe the numerous forms of joint disease and joint pain. There are over 100 kinds of arthritis conditions and any ethnicity, age, or sex are susceptible. In fact, in America, arthritis is the leading cause of disability. Over 300,000 kids and 50,000,000 adults have some form of arthritis. Nonetheless, it typically manifests with age and is more common in females.
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You’re the Conservator – Now What?

Once an individual no longer has the capacity to make lucid decisions about their personal, financial or legal wellbeing, respective institutions will put a “freeze” on all assets and decision making. This serves to protect the patient from unscrupulous/malicious behavior. When this happens, the court may appoint someone to be a conservator.
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The Dangers of High Blood Pressure

What Is Blood Pressure? Your heart is an organ that pumps your blood to circulate it throughout your body. In doing this, it brings oxygen and nutrients to the different parts of the body that need them. Blood pressure is the force of blood against your blood vessels as it travels through the body. High blood pressure occurs when there is too much pressure on the blood vessels. High blood pressure can harm your blood vessels and result in health issues. At Ashley Manor, we are concerned about the health of our residents and make every effort to help them
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Indoor Activities for Seniors

While it’s always important to spend time outdoors, there are plenty of indoor activities that can be fun and mentally stimulating when the weather is wet or chilly. Seniors need a good mix of social, mental, and physical stimulation to support overall health and reduce the risk of declining health, depression, and illness that can come from a sedentary lifestyle or isolation. Here are some enjoyable indoor activities seniors can enjoy, no matter the weather.
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10 Easy and Healthy Dessert Recipes

The holidays are always a great time for loading up on desserts and treats. But just because it tastes good, doesn’t mean that it has to be unhealthy. Luckily, there are some easy, healthy dessert recipes for those of us that like to keep our bodies happy.   1. These cookies are chock full of nuts, grains, and dried fruit. Cookies can be fun to make, especially with the right company. And these cookies are full of healthy ingredients and aren’t too sweet. As written in LiveStrong, just a handful of nuts pack a punch of vitamins, minerals, and fats
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The Next Chapter: How To Start An Assisted Living Conversation

Every day, millions of U.S. citizens act as caregivers for a loved one. Across the country, more than 15 million family members are looking after people that are living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, for example. These sons and daughters are often at risk of becoming ill themselves from bearing the cumulative weight of responsibility for their parent or grandparent. For those seniors who find it difficult to do specific daily tasks due to illness or other impairments as a result of aging, assisted living is a practical and propitious solution for them and their families.   How Do You
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FMLA: What is it and Who Needs It

Not all that long ago, If you had a serious illness or injury, or if you needed to care for someone in your family, you would have had to make a choice. You could choose between taking care of family member or your health, or you could keep your job. Until the early 1990’s an employer could terminate an employee for medically related circumstances if they needed an extended absence from work. There was no safety net for you to take time off for the treatment of a serious medical condition. There was no guarantee that you would have a
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