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Families Challenged by Loved One’s Psychiatric Needs Find a Welcome Care Team at St. Joseph Medical

“When my father-in-law needed psychiatric care, all we could think of was the worst,” says Kim Chalmers, supervisor of senior care at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City. “That’s why I can empathize with the fears of families facing heart-wrenching decisions when their loved ones suffer from debilitating...

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What should I consider before taking Social Security?

Should I take Social Security early? Take it later? Continue to work? Your decisions around Social Security can make a big impact on your retirement – especially considering that Social Security administration estimates say it makes up about 40% of the average 65-year-old's retirement income today. ...

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COVID-19 Vaccine: The Latest Answers from Lee Health

Many Southwest Florida residents have questions about COVID-19 vaccines that have been authorized to prevent COVID-19 in the U.S. Dr. Stephanie Stovall, Interim Chief of Quality and Patient Safety for Lee Health System, shares the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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The Top 5 Signs of Sciatica and How You Can Minimize Pain

When this nerve gets pinched or compressed, there are certain tell-tale signs your body will demonstrate indicating you have sciatica. THE TOP 5 SIGNS OF SCIATICA Pain that extends from your lower back all the way down to the back of your leg and foot Pain in one buttock or leg that feels worse...

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Behind the Scenes of COVID-19: Respiratory Therapy Helps Patients Breathe Easier

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee Health’s care team has been on the front lines, using strict safety measures and passionate dedication to treat our community’s sickest patients. Besides physicians and nurses, Lee Health’s COVID-19 team also includes other experts behind the scenes including certified...

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The Ultimate Gift: Giving Blood During Times of Need

The season of holiday giving may have ended, but generosity is a good way to live year-round. So why not gift someone with the gift of life—a blood donation! Especially now, when blood donations have fallen off and our area’s blood supply is dangerously low. “The pandemic has created a big demand for...

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Traveling with Parkinson’s Disease

Over 1 million individuals in North America have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Most individuals exhibit symptoms that involve a tremor, slowness of movement, and rigid muscles, which can make daily activities increasingly difficult. While traveling might be more difficult for individuals with...

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How meditation and yoga can help you handle COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us face to face with many unfamiliar challenges. Consequently, the past year has left many people feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed. If you’re a family caregiver, we have a suggestion that may alleviate COVID-19 stress for you and your loved one: yoga.   A mind-body...

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Meet Charlie and Fran

Meet Charlie and Fran. They have lived on their family farm for 50+ years. To ensure their assets are safe for future generations, Charlie and Fran consulted with a Certified Medicaid Planner. Charlie and Fran have 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. They have worked hard and have...

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Finding Your Home Away From Home 

The lives of our family, and in particular our mother (Josephine Giarratano), have been touched and impacted by the health care industry and the people that tirelessly toil in this profession.    That being said, as we reflect on the experiences of the past two years, we would like to express our gratitude...

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Pueblo Area Agency on Aging - Meeting Needs for Healthier Living

Since I began working with the Pueblo Area Agency on Aging, I have learned older adults have critical needs to remain in their homes and live a healthy life. The Pueblo Area Agency on Aging or PAAA has great partnerships throughout Pueblo County who provide different services to those in the community....

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Transportation Programs Help Reclaim Older Adults’ Independence

Older adults yearn to retain their independence to move about freely. It is important to remember that many older adults’ live active lives, are safe drivers and are able to use public transit. There is no universally accepted age at which people are no longer safe drivers, even though chronic conditions...

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Touching Lives Without Touching People

The unprecedented circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic were unimaginably difficult for everyone to navigate; none more than for the senior population. Family members far-and-wide were advised to stay away for the safety of their loved ones. Precious moments and lifelong stories were tragically...

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Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for Your Situation?

 If you are 62 or better, you can use a reverse mortgage loan to purchase a new home or turn your current home’s equity into cash. A reverse mortgage loan is a way to turn the equity in your home into cash without having to make monthly mortgage payments. Instead of monthly payments, the loan is repaid...

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Choosing Your Medicare Plan

I often hear comments from Medicare beneficiaries about how they considered themselves to be reasonably intelligent people until they started trying to figure out Medicare. Don’t worry. That is a normal feeling. Medicare can be confusing. The first step is to choose the type of Medicare plan that fits...

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Using Every Part of Your Home Safely

Are you able to use every part of your home safely? COVID-19 is keeping us home more often and with limited places we can go, the best thing you can do for yourself or a loved one is modify the home to allow access to every part of the home. Have you considered a stairlift? Let’s cover some of the most...

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4 Reasons to Choose a Senior Real Estate Specialist  

You’ve probably heard the saying, “all real estate is local.” It’s a truism that refers to the unique qualities of neighborhoods and properties—and the importance of working with a real estate professional who understands the local market. The same claim can be made for real estate CLIENTS. Everyone...

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COVID 19 And Private In-Home Care

As details emerge about COVID 19 caregivers will be tasked with the decision of whether or not they can provide care to infected individuals. The following are CDC recommendations for COVID 19: Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Homes and Residential Communities Update:...

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How Clinical Trials Continue During COVID-19

While many clinical trials are being impacted by COVID-19 due to self-isolation, social distancing, travel limitations and site closures, fewer interruptions are being felt in the world of the virtual clinical trials and observational studies, many of which exist in the form of an online survey that...

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How to Protect Hearing Aids in Spring

Keep hearing aids safe during spring weather and activities with these helpful suggestions. While spring is a wonderful time to enjoy nature and the outdoors, this seasonal change can also wreak havoc if you wear hearing aids. From sunlight to moisture, there are many potential hazards to hearing aids...

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