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In the End, Who Really Rescues Who? »

Acadia, one of the many lovable cats available for adoption at Tree House Humane Society I’ve blogged before about the physical, emotional and mental benefits of owning a pet. From lowering your blood pressure to providing mental stimulation, pets not only reduce feelings of anxiety and depression, but they can also be trained to detect seizures and assist with various forms of rehabilitation. What I’ve neglected to discuss is where you can go to find the perfect little fuzzy compa...  

Neurologic Rehabilitation for Older Adults »

Older adults who have been affected by any neurological condition, including stroke, Parkinson’s, balance disorders, Multiple Sclerosis, or even carpal tunnel, often have difficulty with day-to-day activities and require neurological rehabilitation to return to a better quality of life. Neurological rehabilitation is just as it sounds: rehabilitation for those with diseases or trauma in the nervous system. Neurological rehabilitation can be a bit more intensive than orthopedic rehabilitatio...  

The Power of Habit »

Habits: good or bad, we all have them. In fact, they influence every part of every single day, from what we say to how we say it to what we eat and do and even when we do those things. Why is it that some habits seem like they should be easy to control while others seem so ingrained that no amount of will power could possibly alter them? Do we become our best selves through nature, habit or instruction? Aristotle seemed to think that the behaviors that occur without thinking provide evidenc...  

Technology for Older Adults »

Smartphones, laptops and tablets can be found in the hands of just about every millennial in the country. Mobile devices, apps and internet accessibility make connecting, learning and living easier than ever before. Fortunately, these modern tech luxuries are catching on, not only with the younger generation, but with older adults as well. A study from the Pew Internet Project found that 53 percent of American adults over the age of 65 use the internet and email. As these numbers have risen ...  

When is Inpatient Rehabilitation Care Needed for Older Adults? »

Temporarily living in a rehabilitation center after a fall or trauma has become a favorable situation for older adults. This residential setting can be more convenient and less cumbersome than traveling to and from a rehabilitation center for appointments - especially if the injury is orthopedic in nature and traveling to appointments risks re-injury. Many hospitals, nursing and assisted living residences offer inpatient facilities. You might think that being away from home in an unfamiliar...  

World Alzheimer’s Month - Can We Reduce the Risk? »

This September, we are observing the third annual World Alzheimer’s Month, an observance designed to raise awareness and challenge stigma surrounding this illness on a global scale. Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans and is the leading cause of dementia in older adults. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are ways you may be able to reduce the risk of developing dementia by keeping your brain healthy. As we age, it becomes increasingly importa...  

Where to get your flu shot in Chicago »

With flu season rapidly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about getting vaccinated. Are you at risk for catching the flu? The Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium reports that every year, between 5% and 20% of the U.S. population contracts the flu. What’s more, 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die from complications ever year. The risk for contracting the flu and experiencing more serious complications increases for at-risk populations, including seniors, people with ...  

When Grandparents Should Stay Away from the Grandkids »

Many older adults suffer from flare ups of the irritating virus called Varicella-Zoster, otherwise known as shingles. Irritating as it may be, shingles is not contagious to most adults because the majority of them have had chickenpox. However, children are at a higher risk for contracting the virus. If your grandchildren have yet to endure the experience of midnight oatmeal baths and sleeping with oven mitts to tame the spotted, itchy miserableness that is chickenpox, then you should avoid co...  

When are Retail Health Clinics the Best Option for Health Care? »

Convenient care clinics – walk-in clinics that are located in places like drugstores and grocery stores – can be a great option if you need to receive treatment for minor illnesses or preventative health care. With clinics popping up at retailers across the country, such as Walgreens, CVS and Target, you may be wondering if they are worth visiting. Services offered by retail health clinics According to the Washington Post, retail walk-in clinics treat a variety of non-life-threatening but f...  

Stay Healthy and Active with Up-to-Date Immunizations »

Although people often talk about vaccinations in reference to babies and young children, the truth is that staying up-to-date on immunizations is important at all stages of life. Immunizations are crucial to staying healthy as an older adult, and as this month is National Immunization Awareness Month, it’s a great time to make sure you’re staying on top of your immunization needs. Why are vaccines important to seniors? Immunizations can improve your quality of life by protecting your body...  

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