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Is It Pneumonia?

While some believe it has peaked, there’s no doubt that this flu season has been more severe than others. With the proportion of deaths attributed to both pneumonia and flu slightly above the “epidemic” threshold (WebMD), flu season is still running rampant and vulnerable populations like seniors, children and those with underlying conditions should continue [...]

Have You Assessed the Fall Risk of Your Home?

With the wind chill below zero in many parts of the country, it means icy sidewalks driveways and steps. While nimble-footed people may be able to maneuver around ice patches, snow and other winter hazards, it’s a different story for the elderly, who are at even greater fall risk in the winter months. And while [...]

Top 5 Elder Care Blog Articles from 2014

In what feels like the blink of an eye, another year is behind us and we’re on to a new one. As we reflect on 2014, we got to wondering about the topics that were most popular and the content that was found to be of most value last year. So today, we are sharing [...]

Treating the Flu and Its Symptoms

This flu season is shaping up to be one of the most severe in years and was even elevated to epidemic level and about half of the country is experiencing flu activity. If you have been diagnosed with the flu, according to, you should stay home and follow your health care provider’s recommendations. Talk [...]

When the Flu Becomes Something More

If you’ve been stricken with painful flu symptoms, like high fever, muscle aches or even vomiting or diarrhea, it’s time the call the doctor. This needs to be done sooner rather than later, because your physician can give your flu medications to help shorten the duration of your illness. Common flu symptoms include fever, headache, [...]

Can You Tell the Difference Between the Flu and the Common Cold?

Your nose is stuffy, your throat is scratchy and your head is pounding. Is it a cold or the seasonal flu? Symptoms can overlap, but it’s important to recognize that, especially in vulnerable populations like children and seniors, the flu can be dangerous. The only way to truly know if you have come down with [...]

A Holiday Gift-Giving Guide for Your Aging Loved Ones

When it comes to picking out a great gift for a senior in your life, there are some important things to consider. In the spirit of promoting health and wellness this time of year (and beyond) for our “Healthy for the Holidays” program, our BrightStar Care resident RN Sharon Roth Maguire recently joined the hosts [...]

Answering Your Questions About the Flu Shot

Flu season is here. With chilly temperatures and harmful viruses spreading, there’s no better time to get your annual flu shot. But did you know this year’s flu shot will offer protection against H1N1 virus, in addition to two other influenza viruses that are expected to be in circulation this flu season? According to Mayo [...]

How Will You Stay Healthy This Holiday Season?

It’s the time of year for family, friends and egg nog. That’s right, the holidays are only a few weeks away. But while a lot of people are looking forward to the festivities, there can be challenges. The holidays can be a stressful time for families – it can also be a time when seasonal [...]

4 Presentations to Help You and Your Loved Ones Stay Healthy this Holiday Season

It’s that time of the year already! Many of us have very positive associations with the holiday season, but there are some very real risks that can come along with winter. Flu Season is in full swing, cold weather is upon many states in the country, fall risk tends to increase during inclement weather and [...]

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