seniors-lose-weight
Dropping unnecessary pounds is usually a good thing, especially for seniors carrying excess weight. However, seniors are at a high risk for involuntary weight loss. While 13% of the general population experiences unintentional weight loss, nearly 27% of seniors over the age of 65 drop weight involuntarily. Unintentional weight loss can be a sign of...
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flu-vs-norovirus
Norovirus and influenza are two terms often used interchangeably to both mean the common flu. Because influenza results in a weakened immune system, many people experience other viruses, like the norovirus, while having influenza. This causes people to associate gastrointestinal issues with the flu, but the two viruses are different. Here’s what you need to...
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seniors-type-2-diabetes
Adults account for nearly 95% of all diagnosed cases of type 2 diabetes, often called adult-onset diabetes. According to The American Diabetes Association, there are 25.8 million Americans living with the disease and an estimated 7 million more people who have the disease but are undiagnosed. And, as of 2010, 10.9 million Americans over the...
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Every Step You Take: PrimeFit Senior Fitness
Being more active is one way to immediately improve your outlook and your attitude throughout the year. Fortunately, residents of Leisure Care communities have plenty of options when it comes to getting fit and maintaining fitness. PrimeFit is Leisure Care’s signature fitness program designed exclusively for seniors. We recently sat down with Lindsy Johanson, PrimeFit...
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protecting-seniors-flu-season
Leaves are changing and the weather is cooling off. Along with the welcome changes of the fall, comes an unwelcome season – flu season. Beginning in October and sometimes stretching into May, flu season is the period of time when the influenza virus is most active. It’s a time to step up self-care and flu...
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why-do-seniors-sleep-so-much
We’ve all seen our senior loved one sleeping through a family gathering, going to bed earlier, resting more. So, what is it about aging that brings more sleep? And, is it healthy to sleep that much? Learn more about how sleep benefits seniors and how to help your loved one maintain healthy sleep habits through...
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Why Do Seniors Fall?
Falls are a scary topic for seniors and their caregivers. The National Council on Aging reports that falls is the leading cause of fatal injury as well as the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admission for seniors. The risks associated with falls are great, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that...
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10-things-no-one-tells-you-about-aging
“Do not regret growing older. It’s a privilege denied to many” – Unknown At Leisure Care and every one of our communities across the country, we celebrate aging. Like the quote above, we know that life is a treasure and aging is a privilege denied to too many. We celebrate the lives of our residents...
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the-importance-of-senior-hydration-in-the-summer
The summer brings warmer weather, long days at the beach, afternoons at the pool, outdoor adventures, and a greater risk for dehydration. With the hotter temps, it’s crucial for seniors to stay hydrated for short-term and long-term health and wellness. Dehydration occurs when the body does not have enough water to function properly. When the...
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dangers-of-senior-isolation
There’s no question that humans are social creatures and that today’s technological advances have made it easier than ever to connect with each other. A couple of taps on a smartphone and you can see the face of a loved one on the other side of the world. A quick email or text elicits an immediate...
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