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Introducing Gigi Deupree: How In-Residence Pets Help Seniors Age Positively

If you’ve ever owned a pet, you’re probably already aware of the amazing ability of furry, feathered, and four-footed friends to make life better. In fact, a growing body of research points to the many health benefits of pet ownership for seniors.

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Embracing Technology & Lifelong Learning in Deupree House's iPhone & iPad Class

Tech adoption among older adults is on the rise, and for a good reason: technology opens the door to many exciting opportunities, including everything from the ability to connect with far-off loved ones to senior health trackers. Here’s a closer look at the many benefits of technology for seniors, along with an overview of a Deupree House class designed to help community members make the most of these valuable tools. 

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Amp up Your Senior Skin Care Routine

When winter winds start to blow, skin needs extra protection to keep it from becoming overly dry and itchy and prevent painful cracking. Cracked skin is far more likely to develop infections, which can spread to other areas of the body as well. Plus, itchy skin is more likely to be damaged by repeated scratching, resulting in sores as well as an increased risk of potentially serious infections.

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5 Great Low Sodium Soups That Are Better Than Canned

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), "the majority of the sodium Americans consume, more than 75%, is found in processed food and restaurant meals." Living well and protecting your health includes eating right. Canned soups, while a satisfying cold-weather meal, are often high in sodium content.

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Senior Health Supplements: Should You Be Taking Vitamins?

Good nutrition is an essential part of senior health but, if you are like millions of Americans, you may not be getting all the vitamins and minerals you need through what you eat. The convenience—and never-ending variety— of packaged and fast foods can make it difficult to eat nutritious foods at every meal and even when you make a conscious effort to eat more healthfully, there are other factors that can keep you from getting the nutrients you need:

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Test Your Senior Health IQ During Health Literacy Month

Health terminology can sound complicated— even intimidating— to a patient and his or her family members, especially if they have little prior experience with major illness. Doctors and nurses throw about medical jargon that patients don't understand up front, and sometimes they don't explain them well.

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October 9 is World Sight Day. Seniors, Schedule Your Screening

Any month is a good month to have your eyes checked as monitoring eye health is an important component of comprehensive senior healthcare. If you've been putting off that appointment, October is an especially appropriate time to schedule an eye examination.

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October Challenge: Improve Your Senior Healthcare Practices

October may be Breast Cancer Awareness month, but many of our readers may be wondering if breast cancer is really something that seniors need to worry about?

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There's Power in Protein: Finding the Diet to Keep You Living Well

Are you getting enough protein? Plenty of seniors aren’t.

NIH studies have indicated that malnutrition— especially protein deficiency— is under-diagnosed in older adults, and that can bode poorly for seniors who are admitted to the hospital. Chronic undernourishment means a longer road to recovery or even poor health outcomes for acute injuries or serious diseases.

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Low-Sodium Diet is a Key to Better Senior Health

You probably already know that a high-salt diet puts you at risk for heart disease and strokes. Salt, via its component element sodium, raises blood pressure (a condition known as hypertension) and can damage heart muscle tissue or brain tissue, as well as weaken the walls of major blood vessels like the coronary and femoral arteries. And though the heart and brain get most of the attention when it comes to warnings, high dietary sodium intake has farther-reaching consequences in the body — especially for seniors.

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