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Four Types of Exercise for Seniors



As you age, it's normal to feel discouraged about exercise. However, regular exercise has been shown to help slow the symptoms of aging. Whether you are generally healthy or dealing with chronic conditions, exercise can offer many health benefits to seniors -- including improvements in mood and cognitive function, blood pressure, diabetes and osteoarthritis -- and reduce the risk of many chronic illnesses. Staying active as a senior does not have to be daunting. Making small changes can bring real benefits and can support healthy aging.  Read More...

Are Your Parents Actually Teenagers?



When you were an infant your parents changed your diaper. Later they would help you bathe and get dressed. As you grew, they tied your shoes and straightened your buttons. They kept you clean. They cared for you when you were sick. They even loved you when you didn’t smell so sweet.  Read More...

Caregivers Can’t Do It All



Caring for an aging parent or person with disabilities can be challenging to say the least. Our experience tells us that most family caregivers, while their efforts are genuine, often don’t have all the skills needed to provide for their loved ones.  Read More...

Speech Therapy Includes Swallowing Exercises

Allegiance provides licensed Speech and Language Pathologists also known as Speech Therapists that are well versed in treating the symptoms common with Parkinson’s, cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis.  Many people don’t realize speech therapy not only includes communication skills but also swallowing. Read More...

The Person You Love Is Falling Apart



You were both younger. You had physical attraction. They made you laugh. There was some type of strange chemical spark. You fell in love.  Read More...

Family Caregivers Must Also Care for Themselves



The holidays are supposed to be fun-filled, joyous and a time for memory making. But for many of us, it can also be a hurried, expectation-heavy and stressful time.  Read More...

Preventing Recurrences of Pressure Ulcers

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that community dwelling seniors account for 20% of all pressure ulcers – more than 600,000 cases per year. By utilizing Allegiance Home Health & Rehab, physicians and families can effectively manage pressure ulcers at home, without costly institutionalization. In fact, many physicians prefer intervention in the home setting where pressure sores first developed, because a direct assessment of the home environment should be most likely be to prevent recurrences.  Read More...

Homebound Status -Less Restrictive than You May Think-

Uncertainty around the definition of homebound may sometimes prevent eligible patients from receiving beneficial home health services. Read on and you will see that Medicare’s definition of homebound is less restrictive than the word itself may imply and that more of your patients may be eligible for medically necessary home health services.  Read More...

Improvement in Gait Speed Predicts 36% Better Survival for Seniors

Susan Hardy, MD and colleagues recruited 439 adults age 65 and older to assess multiple possible predictors of mortality that could be used in primary care. Their results were published recently in the Journal of American Geriatric Society. They performed physical assessments on all participants at baseline. Seniors who showed no improvement in habitual gait speed after one year experienced an eight year mortality rate of 49.3%. Participants who showed a gain in gait speed during a quarterly assessment but lost the gains by the one year assessment experienced a mortality rate of 41.2% over the next eight years. Seniors who showed only a 0.1 meter per second improvement in gait speed after one year experienced a much improved mortality rate of 31.6% over the next eight years. Hardy et al also suggest that these findings may underscore the importance of prescribing interventions that affect habitual gait speed.  Read More...

A Prescription to Prevent Fall Injuries



Every year, one third of community-dwelling seniors experience an accidental fall. This makes fall injuries the number one cause of injury deaths among seniors. Recent research has demonstrated that a multi-disciplinary fall prevention program under the general supervision of a physician can significantly modify the risk of fall injuries.
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