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Mental Illness Awareness

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The first week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week. Mental illnesses include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, addiction disorders and impulse control disorders. Mental Health America estimates that one in five adults in the United States will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year. Despite these statistics, there tends to… Read more »

Summer Safety for Seniors

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Summer is in full swing and while there is much to enjoy about the season, it is important to look out for those around us who are more vulnerable to warmer weather. We can all be affected by heat and humidity, but seniors have particular risks that need to be understood and monitored. Tips for… Read more »

Women’s Health Week

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Every year, Mother’s Day kicks off National Women’s Health Week. The observance is a reminder to women to make their health a priority and take better care of themselves. Women often have a tendency to put others’ needs first, whether that be their spouse, children, aging parents, friends, or coworkers. If you’ve ever flown on… Read more »

Elder Abuse Awareness

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Each year, an estimated five million older persons are abused, neglected or exploited. Learning more about elder abuse is an important first step in helping to reduce the prevalence of this issue and protect those you care about. What is Elder Abuse? The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) defines elder abuse as “intentional or… Read more »

Diabetes Resources in WNY

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Have you been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes? You are not alone. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 29.1 million people, or 9.3 percent of the United States population, have diabetes. In those aged 65 and older, the percentage affected by diabetes rises to 25.9 percent. Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, which puts… Read more »

A spoonful of gravy…

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Dawna Bennett, MS, RD Sensory loss is an inevitable part of aging and plays a large role in how people function in the world. Our senses connect us to our environment and include sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Losses in vision, hearing and taste are among the most prevalent conditions among elderly Americans. Sensorial… Read more »

POTENTIAL SIGNS OF ALZHEIMER’S

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1 in 3 seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Surprised? Well, June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month for the Alzheimer’s Association and its many chapters throughout the United States. Right now, they are stepping up their efforts to educate – using facts like the one above – and… Read more »

TAKING THE SAFETY CHECK TO THE NEXT LEVEL

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For many seniors, the goal is to live at home for as long as possible, but depending on one’s mobility, mental status, and other issues such as eyesight and balance, your loved one may need a little help to do so safely. MOW-WNY volunteers keep an eye out for red flags – such as meals… Read more »

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT

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Medical professionals prescribe medications for a wide variety of ailments and conditions, carefully assessing correct dosages and ensuring that all of a single patient’s medications are compatible with one another. Patients are responsible for purchasing, storing, and using each type of medication correctly. For the elderly, this process can be confusing and result in taking… Read more »

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