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The BrightStar care team is America’s choice for in-home care. professional, reliable & caring.

March 22, 2013

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The BrightStar care team is America’s choice for in-home care. professional, reliable & caring. If you are considering in-home care it helps to have an understanding of what types of services are available.  In most States, and this is true in Texas, the services are broken down by tasks that can only be done by […]

Danger Zone: the Transition from Hospital or Facility to Home | downtown-houston

March 7, 2013

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Being a patient in a health care facility can be traumatic for anyone.  For seniors, a hospitalization can be a tipping point that results in deterioration of both physical and mental health after discharge. Patients and caregivers can minimize these poor outcomes by taking defined steps.  Knowing these steps gives us enormous power to benefit […]

With more of us taking care of someone we love we need to know how to survive as a caregiver. | downtown-houston

March 4, 2013

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With more of us are taking care of someone we love we need to know how to survive as a caregiver. This is a follow up to my blog, “Giving myself and other boomers a kick in the pants”, where we discussed the worsening health of baby boomers.  Let’s look at the facts; the numbers […]

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 […]

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 […]