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Senior brushing his teeth.
When it comes to the health of your mouth, dentists are concerned with more than your teeth. Their knowledge base encompasses your entire mouth. “We evaluate for gum disease, oral cancers, and other lesions,” says Corbin Brady, D.D.S., of Brady Dental Care, a 30-year-old practice nationally recognized for its focus on patient comfort. “We also check for jaw problems, such as temporal joint...
You will need support for everyday tasks when you come home after rehab following joint replacement surgery.
According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, one million Americans have a knee or hip joint replaced every year, and that number is on the rise. If you are one of them, you may face a stay in a skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility for a few weeks before you go home. Such facilities do not toss you out on the street. “In most situations, once you...
Sugar cubes.
Sugar in various forms is a naturally occurring part of many foods. After all, sugar is a basic building block of energy. As humans, we certainly have a taste for it. Thus, manufacturers have added extra sugar to many foods to make them more palatable to Americans. “Syrups or any type of extra sugars put into foods or beverages when they are processed or prepared count as added sugars,” says...
Container of salt.
Almost all Americans (90%) consume too much dietary sodium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Far too much, in fact. “The average American eats 20 times more sodium than is recommended,” says Lauri Wright, Ph.D., R.D.N., L.D., assistant professor in public health at the University of South Florida and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Sodium...
An assortment of fresh vegetables
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Woman with a urinary tract infection.
According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the second most common type of infection in the body (behind respiratory infections). These infections of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, or urethra cause more than eight million visits to health care providers in the U.S. Most UTIs affect the lower urinary tract—the bladder (cystitis) and urethra (urethritis...
image of senior woman wearing glasses and squinting
I f you are over 50, your age is a major risk for developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a painless disease that’s a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. Smoking doubles that risk, and other factors related to the disease include a family history, obesity, white race, and being a woman. In AMD, the cells in your macula—a small area of the retina that contains light-sensing...
Woman vacuuming for exercise.
Everyone wants energy so they can do the things they want to do. It is well known that exercise can confer this needed energy and is good for your health in practically every way. But can you keep your energy up if you can’t exercise for a few days, or just don’t feel like it? Fuel up “You need proper nutrients to have energy to function,” says George Hennawi, M.D., medical director of the Center...
Erickson Living’s Memory Care approach in its comprehensive Memory Support program includes trained and dedicated professional staff who design and lead structured activities seven days a week.
Editor’s note: This article, which describes Memory Care, is the last in a three-part series about components of Erickson Living’s comprehensive Memory Support program. I n December, we wrote about Memory Fitness, designed for people who want to keep their memory sharp. Last month, we described the Memory Health program, which is for people who have early to moderate dementia-related diseases...