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Heritage Manor News: Women and health issues

(Editor’s Note: The following article was submitted by Patricia Duplechin, resident activity director at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Ville Platte. This column runs every Sunday in The Gazette.)
As a rule, as women age, they desire to remain independent, stay socially engaged and enjoy a good quality of life. Older women often live longer than men, depending on health. Health concerns, such as high blood pressure, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and respiratory disease, play an important role in functional limitations. Some of the risk factors are smoking, alcohol abuse, cancer, Type II diabetes and obesity. Osteoporosis is a silent disease. It is one without symptoms and affects many older women. Breast cancer chances increase with age and menopause. Dieting and exercise relieve many symptoms of these concerns. These factors educate women to have yearly checkups and get involved in social circles.
Activities this week include bingo sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, manicures, exercise, in-room visits, rosary led by Sister Lucille Stelly, pokeno, Olympic games, service by Washington Baptist Church, bingo blowout in Opelousas, mass, jingo and Come Lord Jesus group.
The staff of Heritage Manor wishes a Happy Birthday this week to Glenda Gayle Fontenot.
The staff of Heritage Manor sends get-well wishes to Florence Ardoin, Doritha Ardoin, Joseph Bourque and Joseph Fontenot.
Congratulations to door prize winners for Nursing Home Week dress out days, Angela Fontenot, Krystal Lemelle, Latoya Lavigne, Maranda Ledet and Janice Deville.
We wish a Happy Nurses Week to all nurses, especially our staff. We appreciate them for their choice of occupation, compassion and the care they give daily to the residents.

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