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New Push For Early Testing, Treatment For Dementia – WSJ.com

February 28, 2013

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A new push is under way to improve screening and follow-up care for patients with dementia, the devastating loss of brain function that impairs memory, thinking, language, judgment and behavior. With no cure and little in the way of treatment, experts have long debated the value of screening for the condition. But newer research suggests […]

The older we get the more we need to fight for good health care

February 25, 2013

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As we get older assuming we will get good health care is not a good idea.  The older we get the more we need to fight for good health care for ourselves and our elderly family members. For some questions there is no right answer. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Why do […]

Baby Boomers are Big – in more ways than one.

February 22, 2013

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One of the challenges for health care providers these days is helping patients to help themselves. The success or failure of the transformation currently under way in our field hinges to a large degree on empowering individuals to take more responsibility for their health and for their health care. A couple of studies have come out […]

Managing life at home is an important part of stroke recovery

February 19, 2013

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Managing care at home is critical for stroke recovery.  For example, forty percent (40%) of stroke survivors suffer serious falls within a year after their strokes. The National Stroke Association says that “rehabilitation is a lifetime commitment and an important part of recovering from a stroke.  Through rehabilitation, you relearn basic skills such as talking, eating, dressing and walking.  Rehabilitation can […]

Game play for seniors – how technology changes in-home care and fitness

February 18, 2013

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Technology has been both a blessing and curse. Technology gave us cell phones, but in doing so, technology also took away our ability to remember phone numbers. Technology gave us the Internet, but at the expense of good old fashioned face-to-face interaction. I can’t find many things to not like about the new gaming consoles […]

Keeping seniors at home and safe requires some thought

February 18, 2013

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Wouldn’t it be nice if we could push a button and make the home safe for the age of the residents?  Unfortunately, that isn’t possible which means that we need to be proactive. I remember seeing the burned notices on the side of my grandmother’s refrigerator that faced the stove.  She had left something on the […]

Veterans Benefits for the Aging

February 18, 2013

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Seniors in our country are living longer and with higher living costs and the continued rise in healthcare expenditures, many are at risk of quickly depleting their savings.  For aging veterans, one of their most important benefit programs is the Veterans Non-Service Connected Improved Pension Benefit Program.  This program provides financial support to help veterans […]

Memory Loss In Seniors: What’s Normal? | downtown-houston

February 15, 2013

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How can you tell if forgetfulness is the result of normal age-related memory changes or if it’s the result of something more? This is a very important distinction to make, and the earlier the better. In addition to consulting with your physician, here are 10 common symptoms of Alzheimer’s to guide you: Difficulty performing familiar tasks – People […]

My Crisis Action Plan

February 15, 2013

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This is not the time to realize you forgot something. Planing ahead makes sense. The moment a crisis strikes stress levels rise and our minds start functioning in ways that don’t always allow for the best decisions to be made.  Police and military practice and drill because when they get into high stress situations they […]

Kids don’t try this at home – aging is not for the faint of heart

February 15, 2013

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Aging is not for the faint of heart.  My elderly grandfather used to say, “Rick, don’t grow old, it isn’t any fun, but I guess it is better than the alternative.”  The older I get the more I agree with him.  I now know that the wisdom that comes with age has a price. Sometimes […]