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Senior Services Celebrates National Skilled Nursing Care Week

In celebration of National Skilled Nursing Care Week being observed May 10-16, Hartford HealthCare Senior Services is recognizing its long-term skilled nursing communities: Jefferson House, 1 John H. Stewart Drive, Newington, and Southington Care Center, 45 Meriden Ave., Southington; and managed community Jerome Home, 975 Corbin Ave., New Britain. These...

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How to Stay in Touch with Elderly Loved Ones During COVID-19 Crisis

Although you may not be able to visit and spend quality time with your elderly loved ones, you can still stay in touch while protecting them from COVID-19. Michelle Wyman, Dementia Specialist with Hartford HealthCare’s Center for Healthy Aging, suggests these  ways for families to stay active and keep communicating...

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Staying Connected with Elderly Loved Ones During the Coronavirus Crisis

During the coronavirus crisis, people are being asked to socially distance themselves and limit contact with others. Concern is especially high when a loved one is a resident of an assisted/independent living or skilled-nursing community. It is even being advised not to visit older loved ones in their homes. It’s...

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Seniors: How to Stay Active, Healthy During COVID-19 Crisis

Seniors are among the most vulnerable in the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Older people are at least twice as likely to have a serious case of COVID-19, according the early data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The immune system, as we age, is less efficient at fending off...

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Why Soap and Water Is More Effective Than Hand Sanitizer Against COVID-19

Store shelves may be wiped clean of hand sanitizer but soap is more effective for protecting yourself from COVID-19, according to infectious disease specialists. “If at all possible, wash your hands with soap and water,” said Dr. Virginia Bieluch, the chief of infectious diseases at The Hospital of Central Connecticut, “If...

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Center for Healthy Aging Adds Virtual Dementia Caregivers Support Group

Support groups provide emotional, educational and social support in a positive and uplifting atmosphere. In meeting the needs of dementia caregivers who may be unable to attend an in-person group, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging is now hosting four call-in support groups each week. Led by dementia specialists and...

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How You Can Tell the Difference Between Allergies, Cold, Flu and COVID-19

Eyes watering? Runny nose? Feel like your head is locked in an ever-tighter vice? Sounds like the start of seasonal allergies, maybe a cold or flu . . . but not COVID-19. To keep anxiety levels down, and reduce the crush on local healthcare during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important...