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Low Vision Becoming an Issue For Many - CompassionCare Hospice

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As the last of the baby-boom generation nears the age of 65, the number of visual impairment and blindness is projected to “boom” itself, according to recent studies funded by the National Eye Institute. The number of Americans who are visually impaired, including low vision, is expected to double to more than 8 million by… Read more »


Is Your Heart Rhythm Normal? - CompassionCare Hospice

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A low heart rate (bradycardia) occurs frequently in older adults. It’s not always a problem, but it can require treatment in some cases. As we age, we expect our bodies to slow down, but not our hearts. Medical professionals consider a heart rate below 60 beats per minute as low. A normal range is from 60 to 100… Read more »


Heart Health & CPR - CompassionCare Hospice

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When someone becomes seriously ill they are faced with many decisions, these decisions often get put on loved ones and family members to decide when we can no longer speak for ourselves. One of these decisions may involve cardiopulmonary resuscitation, better known as CPR. CPR is used when a person’s heart or breathing stops. Chest… Read more »


Get The Conversation Started - CompassionCare Hospice

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Have you had a conversation with your family about end-of-life goals and preferences? These free screenings on March 15 & March 22, 2017 may help you get started. Watch a short trailer here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v-VRkr09ZMI3w Come see this moving documentary, join the conversation, and explore what matters to you. All are welcome. We hope to see… Read more »


Battling the Winter Blues-Senior Isolation - CompassionCare Hospice

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Being cooped up indoors due to cold conditions and weather can put our parents at risk of isolating themselves from others, putting their emotional and mental state at risk too. Dangers like icy roads, fall risks, and catching the winter bug are all concerns for the elderly that make them want to stay indoors even… Read more »


Find Out Your Risk For Heart Disease - CompassionCare Hospice

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Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States. It is an equal opportunity killer which claims approximately 1 million lives annually. The good news here is that it’s also one of the most preventable! Making heart-healthy choices, knowing your family health history, regular check-ups and… Read more »


Medical Musts for the New year - CompassionCare Hospice

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We hear over and over how important it is we see our primary physician annually. With so many health tests it may be hard spotting the right one for you. Here are some tips to help you talk with your doctor and make the most of your yearly visit! As we age we shrink in… Read more »


Being Mortal Changing Lives - CompassionCare Hospice

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As the end of another year approaches, many are working on their New Year resolutions. This is a great time to begin thinking of what kind of care you would want if faced with a serious illness. Although April is National Healthcare Decision month, this past year there has been an ongoing national campaign to… Read more »


Brain Power - CompassionCare Hospice

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As we age it is important that we continue to take care of ourselves, physically and mentally. Our brain needs a good workout just as our bodies do. Exercising the brain helps improve our memory, concentration and overall intelligence, as well as, sharpening our decision making, and the ability to better remember facts, dates, and… Read more »


Senior Holiday Travel Tips - CompassionCare Hospice

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With Christmas just a week away many will be traveling to be close to family, loved ones, and friends. An international study conducted found that those age 50+ are the largest group of travelers out there. In and out of airports and stuck in an airplane for several hours can leave us susceptible to germs… Read more »