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Don’t Wait for Care After a Stroke, B.E. F.A.S.T

By Curt Squires When it comes to a stroke, time is critical. The longer a stroke remains untreated, the more damage that is done. “Time is brain,” said Charles Rosen, MD, Ph.D., a neurosurgeon with OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute in Bloomington. “Unfortunately, what happens is people will say, ‘Oh, I don’t need to go. […]

Get Relief for Troubled Teeth

By Julie Workman It’s not easy to be a dentist. When you meet new people, and they ask you what you do, you say, “I’m a dentist,” and your new almost-friend says, “Oh. I HATE going to the dentist.” Sad. But dentists are underappreciated. They help us keep our pretty smiles; they keep our teeth […]

10 Warning Signs for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

Submitted by the Alzheimer’s Association The terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” are often used interchangeably. While they are related, there are distinct differences between the two. Dementia is the umbrella term for an individual’s changes in memory, thinking, or reasoning. There are many possible causes of dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause […]

Brandon Wood Retirement Center—Like an Oak

By Alexander Germanis Gracing nearly every state in the nation stands the stately oak tree. A symbol of strength, majesty, and endurance, the oak is even recognized as the official national tree of the United States. The reasons for this are myriad. The oak provides shade and prevents erosion. Its leaves have anti-carcinogenic properties and […]

Life Marches On With Gusto!

It’s hard to believe, but it has been more than a year since the terms social distancing, shelter-in-place, and facemasks became a part of our daily lingo and lives. As communities on large and small scales have adjusted to doing what’s necessary and following recommendations for staying safe, these terms and their associated actions have […]

Health Benefits of Cranberries

Cranberries may be tangy and delicious, but don’t believe they are just a pretty plant. Cranberries are loaded with health benefits that stretch through the whole human body, and researchers are certain that the extent of their benefits are growing as more and more research is conducted. Cranberries were recognized by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines […]

Hein Manor—Experience the Good Life

When we married 47 years ago, Mike and I looked forward to someday having a family to nurture and love. God blessed us with three wonderful children, two daughters and one son. Our middle child was born with Down Syndrome. Raising our special needs daughter was always a mix of enjoying her loving, open, out-going […]

ManorCare Salutes Our Veterans

Enlistment in the armed forces has long been considered a selfless act of service to our country. Through military service, enlisted service members temporarily set aside their civilian lives to bring peace, stability, and protection to our nation and our international allies. Respect and gratitude for service members are common in those of us who […]

Essential Wellness Pharmacy: New Life for the Apothecary

By Alexander Germanis Apothecaries, or pharmacies as they are now known, were once standalone landmarks in most communities. Now it is all too common for them to be no more than closets inside big box stores. Thankfully, there are still some places that hold to the notion of the old apothecaries—maintaining their place in the […]

Taking a Walk Is Not Working Out

By Karen Tucker A good workout should feel hard — that’s why it’s called a workout. How often have you heard that you can get all the benefits of exercise by simply living an “active lifestyle?” Experts recommend strength-building activities two days a week, plus a minimum of 2½ hours of moderate aerobic activity or […]