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    Home Safety Through Technology

    Here are just a few ways that technology can make it easier and even safer for seniors to remain living in your home, or aging in place. Smart kitchen appliances are those which have sensors that can detect whether or not an appliance is in use and/or if it should be turned off. For example, ...

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    Caring for the Heart-Being Proactive About Heart Health

    At ALC our deep commitment to knowing our clients puts us ahead of the game in countless ways.  This is particularly true as it relates to being  proactive in terms of their well-being.  Our highly trained clinical professionals are watchful for signs that might indicate a change in a client’s  health. One area in which ...

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    Understanding GERD-ALC Home Health

    When a little heartburn becomes a frequent issue, it may be time to look for more than a bigger bottle of antacids. Gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD is a very common disorder often associated with frequent heartburn and yet, it is more than just a little discomfort. GERD is when the contents of the stomach ...

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    The Heart Of It All: Preventing Re-Hospitalization of Seniors with Congestive Heart Failure

    At ALC we have made it our mission to keep our clients healthy and out of the hospital.  Roughly 10% of our clients are receiving home health care after having been hospitalized for congestive heart failure (CHF), a condition for which there is a reportedly high hospital re-admission rate.  Karen Wise, ALC’s director of nursing ...

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    Flu Season is Here

    October and November have the dubious distinction of being the beginning of the annual influenza or flu season, which lasts until spring.  The flu is a respiratory infection caused by a number of viruses.  The National Institute of Health (NIH) reports that 5-20% of the population contracts the seasonal flu each year.  The flu can ...

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    Don’t Forget The Shut-Eye. Seniors Need Sleep Too!

    It’s not a luxury but a very real need. A good night’s sleep is fundamental to your health, regardless of your age. The average senior adult requires as much sleep as younger adults, according to WebMD. The ideal amount of sleep is estimated to be 7.5-9 hours per night. Individuals who sleep well tend to ...

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    Respite for Caregivers

    Respite for caregivers is really not a luxury; it’s a necessity. While caregiving for a loved one can be extremely meaningful and fulfilling, it is in all likelihood also stressful and draining. The impact becomes even more apparent in situations where the caregiver is also juggling other work, family and home responsibilities.  Caregivers need periodic ...

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    Aging in Place

    Seniors are the fastest growing segment of our population, and the vast majority of them seek to stay put. Between 2000-2010, the number of older Americans in the United States grew at a faster rate than that of the total population according to new figures from the Census Bureau. In 2010, people over the age ...

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