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If your parents can’t pay their bills you may have to!

May 28, 2012

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Does your State have a filial support law?  If it does then you may be forced to pay for the nursing home bills of your parents.  It is my understanding that these laws have not been used on a regular basis but with some recent court decisions that may change. I recommend checking out the […]

How to Best Help Alzheimer’s Caregivers? Teach Them Mindfulness

May 23, 2012

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For the 15 million in this country who are caring for a loved one with dementia*, this is what life is like — according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2012 Report: 61 percent of dementia caregivers suffer from high emotional stress. 33 percent report symptoms of depression. They experience caregiving strain regarding financial issues (56 percent), […]

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 […]

Cancer Survivors Who Exercise Live Longer – NYTimes.com

May 20, 2012

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Can going for a walk improve cancer survivors’ long-term prognosis? It may, according to new research showing that exercise can lower survivors’ risk of premature death, not only from cancer but from any cause. The findings are likely to resonate widely at a time when about 14 million Americans, and many more worldwide, have survived […]

Just when you thought you understood Medicare!

May 6, 2012

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Are You a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient? If You Have Medicare – Ask! Did you know that even if you stay in the hospital overnight, you might still be considered an “outpatient”? Your hospital status (whether the hospital considers you an “inpatient” or “outpatient”) affects how much you pay for hospital services (like X-rays, drugs, and lab tests) […]