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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents skin cancer as the most common type of cancer in the United States. Enjoying sunny beaches and water events are lots of fun, yet the outdoors can pose health risks during hot sunny days. The CDC comments on prolonged sun exposure stating, “Unprotected skin can be damaged by the sun’s UV rays in as little as 15 minutes. Yet it can take as long as 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure.” Skin cancer prevention is crucial in promoting a safe and healthy summer. 

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Nutritional wellbeing is crucial for everyone regardless of age or health condition. Although there is no present cure for Alzheimer’s disease, clients can benefit from nutritious foods and from healthy eating habits. Depending on the stage of disease and health, caregivers can assist clients with meals and encourage independence through self-feedings. Self-feedings should not be promoted in clients at risk for aspiration or who have difficulty swallowing. Caregivers can consult with physicians and dietitians regarding meal plans and diets for client’s nutritional needs.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documents an average of 70 million adults as having high blood pressure (BP). This value accounts for 1 in every 3 adult with BP readings higher than normal. The CDC also shares the dangers of high blood pressure stating, “More than 360,000 American deaths in 2013 included high blood pressure as a primary or contributing cause. That is almost 1,000 deaths each day.

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Although to date there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, drug therapies aim to improve memory and quality of life. There are two main drug classes: Cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine. Each drug class influences different brain chemicals, and may be prescribed in tandem for optimal results. Medications do not cure Alzheimer’s disease, yet they help with disease management and general wellbeing.

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Contrary to popular belief, eight hours of sleep is not the sufficient amount of sleep everyone should be getting each night. According to the National Sleep Foundation recommended sleep times are influenced by the individual’s developmental age. The National Sleep Foundation also shares how our waking moods are highly influenced by what happens during our sleep. During sleep our body supports brain and physical health, as well as growth and development in children and teens.

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) comments on the importance of sleep stating, “Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.” According to the NIH chronic sleep deprivation can raise the risk for certain health problems.

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