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Why do we ‘shrink’ as we age?

Have you noticed how your grandparents or parents tend to ‘shrink’ as they get older? Ever wonder why that happens?

Well, it is not an illusion; we do start to ‘shrink’ as we age. The question is “why?”

Firstly, gravity plays a role. Gravity actually compresses the spine when we stand, which accounts for some loss of height.

Another reason is disease, such as osteoporosis, plays a role as well. With osteoporosis, the bone breaks down but not enough new bone material is being made to replace the loss.

But the main reason is loss of bone density. The small, cushiony discs between our vertebrae can dry out and become thinner, which cause the vertebrae to compress, and you to ‘shrink’.

Unfortunately, there is no way to stop the process, but, luckily, there are ways to slow it down. People who exercise often have a stronger core, and a stronger core means better posture. With better posture you can better sustain your height. One great exercise for the spine is yoga. And, of course, don’t forget to get enough calcium and vitamin D in your diet!

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I’d like to convey to you how wonderful the aide Afia is for my mother’s care. She has been with her since last January and has become more than just a caregiver. She truly “cares” and is skillful in her abilities. My mom has had several health situations and her current health has improved to the best she has been in several years. Both her doctor and my family attribute a large part of that to Afia’s care. She is diligent about her diet and sleep patterns, and her “toileting” issues. All of this has contributed greatly to my mom’s overall improved health and her peace of mind as well as our family’s peace of mind. We cannot say enough about her. We are also very satisfied with Executive Care all the way around, from the billing department and everyone we speak with on the phone, very courteous and professional.
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It’s almost five years since we have been receiving caregivers through Executive Care, and I would like to take this transitional period to express our appreciation for the services you have provided thus far. We are particularly appreciative of the special attention and care Lili has given to our case. Lili has been very sensitive to our particular needs and it has been and remains important to us to have consistency in the arrangements by having Lili as our go-to person in light of Dr. E’s special needs. It is apparent that Lili has many other important responsibilities, so we wanted to thank Executive Care and Lili for the efforts she has made on our behalf.
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I have had business dealings with Executive Care for some time now and have invariably been very satisfied. The personnel have been considerate, trustworthy, capable and always responsive. They have provided a genuine physical and emotional lift to the patient, in my case an elderly, frail sister. I do not hesitate to recommend the organization for the services rendered.
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At Executive Care, our mission is to improve quality of life for our clients and their families, while focusing on service excellence.

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