National Drug Take-Back Day is April 28th

April 28th is “National Drug Take Back Day” and is an easy way for Seniors to contribute to the fight against drug abuse in our society. The official website, “Take Back Day” shares: “According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription...

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Seniors and Credit Card Theft

During the month of April, we will continue to focus on Seniors. This week, we are focusing on ways to protect oneself from credit card theft. Did you know fraudulent use of credit cards is not limited to the loss or actual theft of a credit card? Deputy R. Vazquez from the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office shared during the Tip of...

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Spring Screenings: Scheduling Health Exams

[caption id="attachment_1348" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Photo Credit in References[/caption] “CRC (Colorectal Cancer) is too common. Of cancers affecting both men and women, it is the second leading cancer killer in the United States. According to CDC, in 2014 (the latest year for which statistics are available), 139,992 people in the United States were diagnosed with CRC and 51,651 died from it,”...

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Women’s Eye Health…

In a few days, it will be April.  April is “Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month” month.   In this week’s blog, as part of our series on “Women’s Health”, we will be discussing eye health and safety for women. Did you know that women are at higher risk for eye disease?  “Women are at higher risk than men for most...

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Women’s Health: Medication Safety

Women's Health: Medication Safety As each of us gets older, we find ourselves being prescribed medications for health conditions. Medications can be good and can provide a better quality of life. On the other hand, if a medication is not taken as directed, it may cause harm…even death. Everyone needs to follow medication directions, yet for various reasons, it can...

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Senior Women: Elder Abuse

SENIOR WOMEN: ELDER ABUSE Did you know that senior women are more likely to experience elder abuse then men? According to statistics, 65-67% of elder abuse happens to women. This statistic has the potential to be higher because it is derived from reported cases and only an estimated 6% of abuse cases are reported. The National Center for Elder Abuse...

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Cardiovascular Disease and Women: Know the Facts

Cardiovascular Disease and Women: Know the Facts [caption id="attachment_1263" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Photo Credit in References[/caption] Did you know “cardiovascular diseases and stroke cause 1 in 3 women’s deaths year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds?” Many women don’t understand the signs and risks for heart disease and the lack of this information may be causing unnecessary loss of life....

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Can Dental Health Affect Heart Health…

Can Dental Health Affect Heart Health... [caption id="attachment_1263" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Photo Credit in References[/caption] Is it possible for our dental health to affect our heart health? The American Heart Association states, “there is no conclusive evidence that preventing gum disease…can prevent heart disease or that treating gum disease can lessen…the buildup of artery-clogging plaque that can result in a heart...

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Heart Conditions…Not Only for Adults

A large portion of the time, when we discuss heart conditions we think adults, especially seniors. However, did you know approximately 40,000 babies born each year have some type of congenital heart defect (CHD)? CHD is the #1 birth defect, according to Little Hearts.org. Another study claims every 15 minutes a child is born with CHD. Congenital meaning “born with”...

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