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Category: Health

Lewy Body Dementia

Oct 16, 2020 Last month, a documentary movie—Robin’s Wish—was released about Robin Williams’ illness and death. Unknown to many of us, Robin Williams was living with Lewy body dementia for the last few years of his life. This movie is likely the first time many people will hear the phrase Lewy body dementia.  Even though…
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Malnutrition Awareness

Oct 2, 2020 Next week (October 5-9) is Malnutrition Awareness Week. The goal of Malnutrition Awareness Week is to educate healthcare professionals on early detection, prevention, and treatment of malnutrition; educate consumers/patients to discuss their nutrition status with healthcare professionals; and to increase awareness of nutrition’s role on patient recovery. My Grandfather passed away in…
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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

Sep 18, 2020 September 18 is National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day—a day to call attention to the growing number of people living long and full lives with HIV and to aging-related challenges of HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care. While we’ve all heard about HIV and AIDS, we might not know what exactly the…
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Fresh Produce Provided to Local Older Adults

Sep 3, 2020 Public Health Director Karin Carroll is pleased to share that several local groups, including the Gloucester Health Department and the Gloucester Council on Aging, recently collaborated with SeniorCare Inc. to provide and deliver fresh, local produce to older adults. Approximately 3,480 pounds of produce were delivered by the Seniors on the GO…
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Honoring Choices

Aug 28, 2020 What would happen if you were suddenly unable to speak for yourself and communicate your health care choices? As competent adults, starting at 18 years old, we have the right to direct our health care choices and make our own health care plans. Choosing a trusted person–called a Health Care Agent or…
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Healthy Eyes

Aug 22, 2020 Many older Americans do not know they have one of the leading causes of blindness — glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and diabetic eye disease. These diseases are often asymptomatic in the early treatable stages. In addition, our brains are amazing in their ability to adapt to a slow loss of vision. This…
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Immunizations

Aug 7, 2020 August is National Immunization Awareness Month A major topic in the news for the past few months is speculation on when an immunization against Covid-19 will become available and how effective it will be. While we will not know the answers to these questions for some time yet, the Center for Disease…
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Heat Safety

July 18, 2020 It feels like we’ve arrived at the “dog days of summer” as my Grandmother used to say.  As I’m writing this article, it’s a toasty 88 degrees outside.  I was going to go to the beach, but when I got there, it was outrageously crowded.  In consideration of social distancing, I came…
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Rabies – What You Need to Know

Jun 12, 2020 Several years ago, we found a bat in our house in the early summer.  I trapped it and threw it out into the yard; and it disappeared after about a half hour.  After thinking about it, I realized that the bat had been in the house for several days.  Later that day,…
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Family Traditions and History

May 29, 2020 I love puzzles.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a jigsaw puzzle, word search, logic problem, or a mystery novel or movie.  I really enjoy trying to piece all of the clues together into a logical answer.  But, I get really annoyed when I read a novel or watch a movie where the…
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