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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dementia and Quality of Life | downtown-houston

December 11, 2012

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There has been a consistent body of evidence that cognitive stimulation therapy improves cognitive function in those with dementia.  There is now evidence that this therapy can result in improvements in the quality of life and communication, over and above any medication effects, for mild to moderate dementia patients. (Woods B, Aguirre E, Spector AE, Orrell M, […]

VA benefits for veterans over the age of 65: Housebound Pension and Aid and Attendance Pension | BrightStar Downtown Houston

August 6, 2012

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Part 1 Monetary Assistance for in-home care for veterans Part 2 VA benefits for veterans over the age of 65: Basic Pension What are Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits? Aid and Attendance (A&A) is an enhanced or special monthly pension benefit paid in addition to basic pension. You may not receive enhanced or special monthly pension without first establishing eligibility for […]

Johns Hopkins program enables those with dementia to ‘age in place’ : Johns Hopkins University – The Gazette

July 30, 2012

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BrightStar specializes in dementia care and will be glad to talk to you about how we can help you or a loved one stay at home. By Stephanie Desmon, Johns Hopkins Medicine A Johns Hopkins research program that brought resources and counselors to elderly Baltimore residents with memory disorders such as dementia significantly increased the chance […]