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Flu Hurts Nursing Homes Residents in More Ways than Illness

The 2012-2013 flu season is turning out to be one of the worst and most dangerous in years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, as of this week, most of the country is experiencing high levels of influenza and influenza-like illness (ILI). Nationwide, 47 states report widespread geographic flu activity. Since …

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"My Mother's Head Is So Hard…": First-Hand Lessons From a Fall

Over the past three years, I have written several blogs about preventing falls in the home. (The most recent blog was posted on September 20, 2012, to honor National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. To read that blog, click here: National Falls Prevention Awareness Day). After years of researching information for Health & Safety blogs, I …

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September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Every year, National Falls Prevention Awareness Day is observed on the first day of Fall (get it?). The goal is to promote and increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. This year’s them is “Standing Together to Prevent Falls.” According to the National Council on Aging, most falls can be …

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