Wellness

American Heart Month

Are you or a loved one at risk for heart disease? Physical inactivity, high blood pressure, obesity and other factors can increase the chances of cardiovascular problems, but there are steps you can take to keep your heart healthy. February is American Heart Month, created by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 to increase public…

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Glaucoma Awareness & Eye Health Month

Did you know that you can lose as much as 40 percent of your vision to glaucoma without even noticing? Known as “the sneak thief of sight,” the disease may exhibit few symptoms — or no symptoms at all — and results in permanent vision loss. As Glaucoma Awareness Month and Low Vision Awareness Month,…

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Maintaining Healthy Bones in Older Adults

If you are a senior adult with type 2 diabetes, you may be at increased risk for bone fractures. As part of a three-year study of 1,000 people by Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research in Boston, researchers recently found that older adults with diabetes had weakness in their bones that traditional bone density testing…

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The Importance of Skilled Human Touch in Dementia Care

Humans use touch as the language of compassion; a held hand or a hug often serve as the best way to express profound feelings. Research suggests that the sense of touch plays a fundamental role in human communication and even physical health. National Hugging Day, observed on Jan. 21, recognizes the importance of one form…

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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Older Adults

For people of all ages, the New Year is the perfect time to make a fresh start. Whether our goals include taking steps to improve our health, being more social or organizing our homes, New Year’s Day 2018 is the time to begin acting on meaningful resolutions. Residents of memory care and assisted living also…

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National Influenza Vaccination Week

The holiday season has arrived, and the Centers for Disease Control has an important message for you: It’s not too late to get your flu shot. The CDC and its partners recognize Dec. 3 through 9 as National Influenza Vaccination Week, a time to highlight awareness about the importance of vaccination against the flu virus.…

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Spotlight on the Spirituality Domain of Holistic Wellness

Holistic wellness focuses on many aspects of health — including physical, environmental, emotional, social and spiritual. At AlmaVia of Camarillo, a variety of diverse programming supports the spiritual component. “In caring for the whole person, you must care for the health of the spirit as much as the body,” noted Jerry Cooper, Spiritual Care Director…

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Bone and Joint Health Week

For more than half of U.S. adults over the age of 50, bone health is a significant concern. Approximately 54 million people have an elevated risk of low bone mass and osteoporosis, increasing the chances of a devastating fracture. Bone and Joint Action Week, observed from Oct. 12-20, seeks to raise public awareness about medical…

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Mural Project Brings Mercy Residents, Students Together for Artistic Collaboration

What does holistic wellness mean to people of different ages? Erin Partridge, Experiential Researcher-in-Residence with Elder Care Alliance, hopes a joint mural project between local art students and residents of Mercy Retirement & Care Center can help enhance intergenerational understanding of the term. The project, a partnership with California College of the Arts as part…

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September is Healthy Aging Month and National Yoga Month

September is Healthy Aging Month and National Yoga Month. In this guest blog, Dr. Erin Partridge, ATR-BC, an Experiential Researcher in Residence for Elder Care Alliance, shares how these two topics connect and dispels a few myths about yoga. Why Yoga? Most of us know we should move our bodies more. Do a quick scan…

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