Hearing Aids for Seniors

You Should Hear This!

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As we age our senses gradually diminish; hearing loss is an ailment that affects many seniors. The loss of hearing can be attributed to many other problems, such as an increase in falls and loss of balance. There can be many reasons that a senior is experiencing an increase in falls or is losing balance. Medications, illness, dementia can all lead to balance related issues. However, the inner ear should never be ignored and may be a very curable place to start. The inner ear houses the system that controls the balance center. When the balance center is disturbed then problems result. Such disturbances can include fluid in the ear, ear infections and Vertigo. Additionally, falls can result because the senior did not hear anRead More +

Nursing Home Mental Health

Positive Thinking in Recovery: Tips for Helping Loved Ones Stay Positive During Rehabilitation

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Studies on patients recovering from heart attacks, strokes, and other physical ailments show that positive thinking in recovery is essential to positive outcomes. However, nursing home mental health is often overlooked by medical professionals and the family members of patients as they go through recovery. Family members play a crucial role in helping patients stay positive during rehabilitation, and the following tips can be used by family members to help loved ones keep a positive mindset throughout the recovery process. Tip #1 – Help Identify Negative Thinking To take advantage of all the benefits of positive thinking in recovery, patients need to first identify negative thinking. Examples of negative thinking include: Filtering – Focusing on only the negative aspects of the situation. Catastrophizing – Expecting negativeRead More +

Heart Attack Recovery Center in Wauconda, IL

Tips For Healthy Living After A Heart Attack

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Any cardiac or pulmonary event can be an incredibly frightening experience—something you likely have not planned for, and suddenly you’re in the hospital hooked up to a myriad of machines, in the care of experienced nurses and doctors, your head is swimming with the amount of information they’re giving you and your loved ones regarding lifestyle changes, recovery process and duration.  Add these new concerns to the stresses of daily life and it is understandable the recovery from a heart attack can be just as much mental as it is physical.  With this in mind, we assembled a collection of tips to help you through common pitfalls of recovery and lifestyle adjustments after you’ve completed the prescribed cardiac rehabilitation. It Will Take Time – BeRead More +

Healthy Eating for Healthy Living in Barrington, IL

Eat Healthy – Think Out Of the Box

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Trying to improve diet and nutrition takes work and effort; preparing well balanced meals takes time and energy.  It is no wonder that many of us look to processed foods as a short cut.  Most foods are “processed” in some way, that is; they are made ready for consumption.  Even the freshest foods are processed; chopped, sliced, diced, so as to be made ready for eating.  Consumers need to be made aware of the best choices of processed foods so that they can make sound nutritional choices. Some processed foods, for example, can be good; frozen foods like chopped vegetables are a convenient source of nutrition.  Canned vegetables can be a good alternative but look for those marked low sodium.  Likewise canned beans, tomatoes andRead More +

Yoga exercise after Physical Therapy in Wauconda, IL

3 Fitness Tips For Limited Mobility

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After injury or surgery it’s normal to have some challenges getting back full range of motion and strength, which is why physical therapy is such a critical part of the recovery and healing process. Once you’re cleared by your doctor and therapist, there may still be some work to do in order to regain as much strength and range of motion as possible, so we’ve put together a few tips for you to begin an independent—or guided—workout regimen at home or local gym. Find Support — Work Out With Friends Think of this as an extension of the benefits of your time with a physical therapist. You certainly can go it alone and watch exercise videos online, however there’s power in accountability and encouragement thatRead More +

Stay Healthy On Vacation

Take A Vacation, From Germs!

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With the onset of summer, many of us will be taking a break from the daily hassles of everyday life and leaving our cares for vacation! Whether the destination is near or far don’t bring home any unwanted souvenirs; most specifically, germs! If your plans include air travel, be aware that planes can carry a lot more than just passengers.  Planes can be a breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria and germs.  Armrests, seat pockets, and window shades are surfaces that many people, before you have touched. Additionally, air and water quality on the plane may not always meet the highest standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Amusement parks, national parks, museums and other tourist “hot spots” can also be a sourceRead More +

Healthy Food for Surgery Recovery Barrington, IL

Healthy Foods That Help You Recover After Surgery

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While you may not always have the luxury of planning when to have surgery, how you recover is often times up to you.  From antibiotics to pain medication, to movement and therapy—each of these play into the speed of your post-operative recover, but it’s easy to overlook one’s diet during this process.  It’s tempting to want to spoil yourself because your under the weather, however the food you eat can be incredibly helpful for a speedy recovery. Digestible Fiber To Get Your GI Back On Track The side effects of anesthesia and numerous medications can linger with you for a time, one of the most common being constipation.  Consuming digestible fiber from natural sources such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and certain whole grains can helpRead More +