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Hospice and the LGBTQ Community

LGBTQ Aging A 2020 Gallup study observed Americans’ identification as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), by generation. The findings report that only 1.3% of the Traditionalist generation (born before 1946) and 2.0% of Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964) identify as LGBT. This number increases dramatically over the generations, reaching 15.9% for Generation Z (born 1997-2002). The question is – does the higher percentage of younger Americans reflect a true shift in sexual orientation? Or is it simply reflecting a greater willingness to identify as LGBT? Although those who make up the younger generations were born into a world where huge…
  • Awareness ·

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June is… June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. This month-long celebration provides the opportunity to focus on raising awareness for the 50 million people worldwide living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most common form of dementia. It causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. Schedule an appointment with your doctor if you notice any of these ten signs and symptoms: Memory loss that disrupts daily life Challenges in planning or solving problems Difficulty completing familiar tasks Confusion with time or place Trouble understanding visual images…
  • Holidays ·

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Soak Up the Sun…Safely Summer is just around the corner, which mean barbeques, swimming, and SUN! And while most of us enjoy getting outside and soaking up a little Vitamin D, it is important to remember to be safe when heading outside into the sun. Per the American Academy of Dermatology Association, skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, and unprotected UV exposure is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer. With that being said, it is important to follow these three steps to protect your skin: Seek shade: Remember, the sun’s rays are the…
  • Holidays ·

National Senior Health and Fitness Day

Benefits of Physical Activity Today is National Senior Health and Fitness Day, making it a perfect day to focus on the importance of exercise. There are plenty of benefits of physical activity for people of any age, but let’s highlight some specifically for seniors: Improves physical ability for everyday tasks Helps reduce the risk of falls Helps control joint swelling and pain associated with arthritis Improves heart health Can help reduce blood pressure Boosts mood to help combat anxiety and depression Exercises for Seniors We already know the importance of physical activity, but we also have to remember it is…
  • Holidays ·

Better Hearing and Speech Month

Better Hearing and Speech Month Facts Each year, Better Hearing and Speech Month in May provides an opportunity to raise awareness about communication disorders and other hearing and speech problems. The event also serves as a reminder to people to get their hearing checked. Early identification and intervention is very important, and getting your hearing checked is the first step! According to the CDC’s website, the World Health Organization’s first World Report on Hearing found that: Noise is acknowledged as an important public health issue and a top environmental risk faced by the world today Over 50% of people aged…