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Elder Abuse

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines elder abuse as an intentional act or failure to act that causes or creates a risk of harm to an older adult. Elder abuse often occurs at the hands of a caregiver, loved one, or someone the elder trusts. Recognized as a serious problem within the U.S, it is reported that 1 in 10 adults over the age of 60 are abused, neglected, or financially exploited. This statistic was higher just last year with 1 in 6 people over the age of 60 reported to have experienced some form of abuse. In 2050, it is estimated that 2 billion people will be 60 years or older, up from...

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Tuberculosis Awareness Month

      World Tuberculosis Day World Tuberculosis (TB) Day is commemorated each year on March 24 to spread awareness about the devastating effects of TB and increase efforts to end the TB epidemic. This March 24 marks the 139th anniversary of Dr. Robert Koch’s discovery of the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis), which has since paved the way toward diagnosing and curing this disease. What is it? Tuberculosis (TB) is a bacterial infection that usually attacks the lungs. In other cases, TB may affect other organs such as the kidneys, spine, or brain. TB is mainly spread through the air when a person coughs or sneezes and can lay dormant for years until an active infection is triggered in...

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Becoming a CNA: Do You Have What It Takes?

      There is a wide range of skills essential for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) to know to be successful on the job. In CNA classes, students learn the fundamental skills required to care for patients in various health care settings. They cover a variety of topics including infection control, hand-washing techniques, transfers, emergency-situation procedures, and how to work with at-risk patients. They also learn safe body mechanics to prevent injuries and accidents when working with patients and about the basic needs of patients. Specifically, they learn about the provision of food and water, activity, stimulation, and rest. Some patients are incapable of meeting their basic needs on their own, and it is the role of the CNA to...

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National Thyroid Awareness Month

      January marks National Thyroid Awareness Month. The goal of this movement is to increase awareness around thyroid diseases as well as prevention, treatment, and cure. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that is normally located in the lower front of the neck. The function of the thyroid is to produce thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the blood and then carried to the body tissue. These hormones help the body use energy, stay warm, and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working as normal.     There are two main thyroid diseases: hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Hyperthyroidism refers to a condition in which thyroid hormones are being over-produced in the body. The most common...

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A Closer Look at the COVID-19 Vaccines

  On December 22, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that the COVID-19 vaccine be administered in phases. The state of Colorado is currently vaccinating eligible Coloradans for Phase 1A and the first half of Phase 1B. Phase 1A includes health care personnel who have direct contact with COVID-19 patients for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period and long-term care facility (LTCF) residents, and Phase 1B includes Coloradans age 70 and older, moderate-risk health care workers, first responders, frontline essential workers, and continuity of state government. After Phase 1 is complete, the state will proceed with Phase 2 which is anticipated to begin this spring, and Phase 3, this summer.       With...

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