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Managing your health: be proactive to reduce your chances of a hospital stay

July 26, 2012

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  A new study is out that reinforces current thinking about home health care. Providing home health care for longer periods of time following a hospital stay and providing disease management education as part of this care can reduce hospital readmissions. Providing in-home treatment for patients and offering chronic disease management as part of that […]

Most older pedestrians are unable to cross the road in time | Health, Medical, and Science Updates

June 14, 2012

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This article speaks of a very real danger for those older Americans living in urban areas. Staying active as we age is important for good health and walking is easy and inexpensive.  What happens when we lose confidence that we can walk around our neighborhood safely?  Fear becomes a real adversary as we grow older, we worry about losing independence, […]

CMS Announces Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

May 31, 2012

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As pressure mounts CMS (the Center for Medicare and Medicaid  Services) announced a partnership to improve dementia care in the US.  They are partnering with providers, caregivers, patients to ensure appropriate use of antipsychotic medications. They say they want to “ensure appropriate care and use of antipsychotic medications for nursing home patients.”  Their first goal is […]

Caregiving for your aging parent, spouse or significant other

May 23, 2012

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Nothing can create stress and conflict in our lives like taking care of an aging parent or spouse or a sick child.  Today we will focus on elder care.  On a beautiful spring morning, “Alice” (name changed) rises to catch a ride from her daughter’s home to the local Senior Center to attend the adult […]

A rampant prescription and a database to help you protect your loved ones

May 21, 2012

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“We have an inordinate amount of prescriptions written for a population that is already frail, and we know these drugs increase the risk for side effects, including death.   So why are they being written?” Dr. Michael Gloth, John Hopkins University. You can find this database in one of my other posts but I considered […]

Revived by Music – NYTimes.com

May 20, 2012

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Maybe you’re among the millions who’ve watched and forwarded this video of an unresponsive 94-year-old with dementia, slumped in his wheelchair at a nursing home in Brooklyn. But when a staff member puts earphones in place and clicks on an iPod loaded with favorite hymns, he awakens, moving to the music, humming along. He tells […]

Caring for the Elderly – Government Sites

May 12, 2012

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A list of Government sites that have information on care for the elderly, if you have additional information please let me know so I can add it. Medicare.gov. An all-purpose site with interactive tools for planning and paying for long-term care and choosing among drug plans. Includes searchable inspection results, good and bad, for the […]