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August 26, 2020

Maintaining a healthy weight and diet is important for healthy aging. As you age, your body chemistry changes, especially when your physical activity decreases. Over time, if you eat and drink more calories than your body uses for physical activity and daily living, your body may store the extra calories leading to weight gain. Weight gain may lead to overweight and obesity, which increase risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, fatty liver disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia.

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March 31, 2020

A cold, the flu, and allergies all affect your respiratory system, which can make it difficult to breathe. In the midst of flu season and as we approach allergy season, it can be difficult to determine the difference between cold, flu, and allergy symptoms.

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February 25, 2020

Pressure ulcers (also known as pressure sores or bedsores) “are areas of damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long,” according to MedlinePlus. Bedsores commonly form when the blood supply to an area of the body is slowed or stopped and when the bones (such as ankle, back, elbow, heel, and hip bones) become close to the skin. When blood supply is reduced, the skin in the affected area dies, resulting in an open crater or ulcer. People at risk for developing bedsores include those who are bedridden, those who use a wheelchair, or those who are physically unable to move or change their position. Other causes may including having a disease that affects blood flow, having fragile skin, or living with incontinence. “Pressure sores can cause serious infections, some of which are life-threatening,” according to MedlinePlus.

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January 29, 2020

Has your senior parent received this season’s flu vaccination? The flu (influenza) is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications in older adults and people with certain medical conditions. Flu vaccines are the best way to prevent the flu, according to the Mayo Clinic. People ages 65 years and older are at a greater risk of serious complications from the flu, as the immune system and its ability to fight infection, illness, and disease weakens with age.

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January 02, 2020

Americans are living longer and healthier lives. As we age, we become susceptible to developing age-related health complications, also known as geriatric syndromes. Common medical conditions that occur with age include:

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October 31, 2019

Age-related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis, is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs as we age. Age-related hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults.

“Approximately one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing,” according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). “Having trouble hearing can make it hard to understand and follow a doctor's advice, respond to warnings, and hear phones, doorbells, and smoke alarms. Hearing loss can also make it hard to enjoy talking with family and friends, leading to feelings of isolation.”

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October 22, 2019

Eighty percent of adults ages 65 years and older have at least one chronic condition, while 68 percent have two or more chronic conditions, according to the National Council on Aging. The top 10 chronic diseases faced by aging adults includes:

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October 04, 2019

macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading case of vision loss in people age 50 and older in the United States. AMD destroys the macula, which is the “part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision needed for seeing objects clearly,” according to the National Eye Institute. As our population ages, the number of AMD cases is expected to increase to 3.7 million people by 2030. Age is a major risk factor for AMD, followed by smoking (which doubles the risk of AMD), race (AMD is more common in white people), and family history.

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September 16, 2019

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that an estimated 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. This number includes an estimated 5.6 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer's, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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June 26, 2019

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month – are you taking care of your brain health? According to the Alzheimer’s Association, regular exercise and a healthy diet can help reduce your risk of dementia. “Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases. Vascular dementia, which occurs after a stroke, is the second most common dementia type. But there are many other conditions that can cause symptoms of dementia, including some that are reversible, such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies,” according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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February 27, 2019

Urinary incontinence occurs when a person leaks urine by accident. Although urinary incontinence can affect anyone, it is more common in people ages 65 and older, especially women, according to the National Institute on Aging. Causes of urinary incontinence include urinary tract infections, vaginal infection or irritation, medication side effects, or constipation. More serious and long-lasting causes of urinary incontinence include:

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February 13, 2019

More than half of men and women over the age of 65 complain of at least one sleep problem, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder in aging adults, however sleep apnea, movement disorders, and Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can impact your senior parent’s sleeping habits.

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January 30, 2019

SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills has received the 2019 Best of Home Care – Provider of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. The Provider of Choice Award is granted only to the top-ranking home care providers, based on client satisfaction scores gathered by Home Care Pulse, an independent satisfaction research firm for home care. SYNERGY HomeCare of Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills is now ranked among a select few home care providers across the country who have proven their ability to provide outstanding care. 

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January 16, 2019

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Did you know that glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States? Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions or diseases that damage the optic nerve, according to the Mayo Clinic. Glaucoma usually occurs when the fluid pressure inside the eyes slowly rises, therefore damaging the optic nerve, according to MedlinePlus. “This internal fluid normally drains out through a tissue called the trabecular meshwork at the angle where the iris and cornea meet,” according to Mayo Clinic. “When fluid is overproduced or the drainage system doesn't work properly, the fluid can't flow out at its normal rate and eye pressure increases.”

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November 13, 2018

Has your senior parent received this season’s flu vaccination? People ages 65 years and older are at a greater risk of serious complications from the flu, as the immune system and its ability to fight infection, illness, and disease weakens with age.

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October 31, 2018

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women after skin cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we at SYNERGY HomeCare Corona, Riverside, and Anaheim Hills want to shed light on the signs, symptoms, and impact of breast cancer, as well as honor and provide information to those at every step of the breast cancer journey.

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May 16, 2018

Dry mouth, also called xerostomia, is the condition of not having enough saliva to keep the mouth wet, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Saliva, or spit, is made by the salivary glands and is very important for a healthy mouth. It moistens and breaks down food, washes away food particles from the teeth and gums, and helps people with swallowing, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. In addition, saliva contains minerals such as calcium and phosphate that help keep teeth strong and fight tooth decay.

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April 11, 2018

Does your senior parent live independently in their home? People ages 65 and older that live alone might be at risk of malnutrition and undernourishment, as seniors may not have the energy, stamina, or motivation to prepare healthy, well-balanced meals. Additionally, dental problems, side effects of medications, stroke, dementia, multiple sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease, and other health conditions may cause loss of appetite and difficulty chewing, swallowing, and eating independently.

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March 29, 2018

More than 30 million Americans have diabetes (about 1 in 10), and 90-95 percent of them have type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Type 2 diabetes is the most common kind of diabetes and occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body makes insulin, but doesn’t use it the right way.

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January 31, 2018

“An adverse drug event (ADE) is an injury resulting from medical intervention related to a drug,” according to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. “This includes medication errors, adverse drug reactions, allergic reactions, and overdoses.”

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January 16, 2018

Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon or rectum, and is the fourth most common type of cancer diagnosed in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute (NIH). Colorectal cancer affects men and women, and is most often found in people aged 50 years or older. Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, according to the NIH.

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