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Undernutrition and the elderly, why do we care and what can we do about it? | BrightStar Downtown Houston

December 31, 2012

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We care about undernutrition in the elderly because each of us can make a difference in the lives of family and friends. Our bodies are very complex systems and a lack of nutrition means they don’t function properly.  Undernutrition makes infections worse because the body lacks anti-oxidants (to mop up harmful free radicals) and the […]

Promoting Winter Safety for Seniors | downtown-houston

December 27, 2012

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Baby it’s cold outside and in some parts of the country we have  dangerous temperatures and slippery conditions.  It’s even cold in Houston With family members of all ages, shapes and sizes getting together for what should be a joyous occasion, here are a few ways family visits can go off without a hitch despite […]

Aging well can require team work | downtown-houston

December 21, 2012

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If you have ever seen the movie ”Monty Python and the Holy Grail” you will remember the scene where the Black Knight is trying prevent the hero from proceeding across a bridge and continues to fight through horrific injuries stating, “it’s just a flesh wound.” King Arthur: [after Arthur’s cut off both of the Black […]

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW CAN HURT YOU; what to expect from Hospice | downtown-houston

December 20, 2012

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The word “hospice” comes from the Latin word hospes: meaning to host a guest or stranger.  The modern hospice movement traces back to 1967 when Dame Cicely Saunders started St Christopher’s Hospice in England. We don’t like to dwell on the fact that we are all mortal but, in fact, we and our loved ones […]

Who can benefit from in home health care | downtown-houston

December 19, 2012

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There are many things in life that can throw us for a loop but one of those at the top of the list must be the need for Home Health Care. Who could benefit from private duty home care? A family caring for an elderly, disabled or sick family member. A patient who has been […]

Homecare and Long-Term Care Insurance

December 18, 2012

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If you have long-term care insurance we can help you work through the processes involved in starting benefits for you or a loved one. Most people buy long-term care insurance just so they can receive care in their own home.  There are approximately 7.6 million individuals who currently receive care at home because of acute […]

“Alternate reality” and dementia patients

December 17, 2012

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All of us have a reality that we perceive and it generally agrees with the reality that others perceive,  this allows us to live together in a society.  But, what happens when our reality becomes out of step with the rest of the population?  This is a situation we generally leave to police and medical professionals. At […]