Browsing All posts tagged under »Old age«

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

February 25, 2013


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


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 […]

Undernutrition and the elderly, why do we care and what can we do about it? | BrightStar Downtown Houston

December 31, 2012


We care about undernutrition in the elderly because each of us can make a difference in the lives of family and friends. Our bodies are very complex systems and a lack of nutrition means they don’t function properly.  Undernutrition makes infections worse because the body lacks anti-oxidants (to mop up harmful free radicals) and the […]

Fall prevention – a basic how to guide. | BrightStar Downtown Houston

September 14, 2012


Injuries resulting from falls trigger a very large number of lawsuits in the US.  Every year, approximately 8.7 million Americans receive emergency medical care for injuries sustained in a fall. For the elderly these accidents become more problematic because the risk of catastrophic injury fall rises.  We covered this risk in another blog entry. In […]

Memory problems are just a part of growing older, or are they? | downtown-houston

August 17, 2012


    How many times have you heard or said something like this when memory issues arise? “I have a touch of the old timer’s disease.” “I have a photographic memory but sometimes I don’t have film.” “I’m directionally challenged” “Who moved my keys, I know I laid them RIGHT HERE.” I don’t know about […]

Caregiver Olympics: People Caring for Elderly Parents Complete Gold-Medal-Worthy Feats – Health News – redOrbit

August 9, 2012


  NAPLES, Fla., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — As the nation watches Team USA rack up the medals at the 2012 Olympics, members of the forum, an interactive website for people caring for their elderly parents, have caught Olympic fever, and started the Caregiver Olympics. People taking care of elderly parents accomplish tremendous feats […]

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

July 30, 2012


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 […]