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Category Archive: Healthy Living

  • ALC

    Winter Health Tips

    Winter means putting on heavier jackets, scarves and mittens, hauling out the snow blower, and bracing for a season of snow and bone-chilling weather. And if this winter bears any resemblance to last winter, it’s bound to be a doozy for seniors! What can you do to make sure that you stay in good health ...

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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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  • ALC

    More On Healthy Eating for Seniors

    Healthy Eating While we’ve discovered that it’s a wonder food, it’s fair to say that man (and woman) cannot live on watermelon alone (see last week’s healthy eating article).  Nor do we need to.  Summer is the perfect time to commit to healthy eating because the offerings are plentiful. Bring on the Produce Farmers’ markets, ...

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    Watermelon Wins! Healthy Eating for Seniors

      Healthy Eating for Seniors ALC Home Health is dedicated to helping promote ways for seniors to remain active and well. As everyone knows, healthy eating is important for a healthy lifestyle.  This entry initially was to be an overview of several summer-time foods that have health benefits that are especially, but not exclusively beneficial ...

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    Dear Papa…A Young Man Helps His Grandfather with Aging in Place

    We have said before at ALC Home Health, that much like it takes a village to raise a child, it takes family and community to care for our seniors. The majority of older adults in the U.S. are wishing to age in their homes.  They want to remain independent, active and involved with the people ...

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    Proceed with Caution: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Falling

    What do Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Beyonce, John Glenn and Billy Graham have in common?  They’ve all taken significant tumbles, some in public.  The fact is that falls are common and can happen to anyone.  Falls among seniors are an all-too-common occurrence and an extremely serious matter. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that ...

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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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    Wise Up with Smartphone Apps for Seniors-Part II

    Because A Loving Company understands and supports the idea that seniors want to age in their homes, we are excited by anything, including technology, that helps make that easy, engaging and safe.   Last week’s story presented a variety of Smartphone apps for seniors which can help with their safety, health and care.  This week, we ...

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    Wise Up with Smartphone Apps for Seniors!

    Smartphones are popular largely because of the devices’ ability to provide the latest information on everything from stock market surges to basketball scores, Facebook statuses and trending videos.  More importantly, Smartphones are valuable because of their remarkable abilities in a variety of areas including senior health care.  Because A Loving Company understands and supports the ...

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    A Life-Saving Hairdresser

    A Chicago-area hair stylist has been credited with saving the life of an elderly client. ALC’s Chief Operating Officer Cinthia Nieves goes to Preferred Hair Salon in Schaumburg. This is the same salon for which 82-year old Joan has been a faithful customer for more than 20 years. Joan’s hairdresser Jose, knew that Joan lives ...

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    6 Ways to Feel Happier, Be Healthier

    How a positive attitude really can make a difference by: Nissa Simon | from: AARP Bulletin | May 13, 2011 Scientists urge us to be as attentive to our moods and attitudes as we are to our physical health. Two recent studies underscore the importance of that advice. “Happiness is no magic bullet, but the ...

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