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Patient Safety Awareness

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Patient Safety Awareness Patient safety is a public health issue. One in 10 patients develops a health care acquired condition during hospitalization. Medical error causes the death of 44,000 to 98,000 hospital patients a year. Work is being done at the federal, state and local levels to address these issues but it takes all of us within the care continuum to stand united. According to United for Patients Safety &ldq ..

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Eating Disorders and the Elderly

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Eating Disorders and the Elderly Anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating, these are all forms of eating disorders. Previously associated primarily with the younger set—preteens and teens—such eating disorders have unfortunately expanded to affect more individuals in midlife and beyond, as older age proves to be no barrier for disordered eating practices. When we think of eating disorders you picture a young woman, as t ..

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Aging and your skin

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Aging and your skin Everyone ages differently. Your skins age can depend on many different factors, such as, your time in the sun, your diet, and your environment, but it also depends on your skin color. Dermatologists say there are six types of skin color, with type I being the lightest and type VI being very dark. The reason for the difference in skin tone is due to the level of melanin in their skin, which protects them from the sun. P ..

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February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

February is AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects over 15 million adults over the age of 50. Macular degeneration is a progressive, usually painless disease that affects the macula, the spot on the retina at the back of the eye responsible for central vision, causing central vision to blur, but leaving peripheral vision intact. To understand how AMD affects your vision. Take your left hand and cover ..

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February Newsletter

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

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GoFundMe For WWII Veteran Claude and his wife Dorothy

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

This fundraiser is for a sweet couple, WWII Veteran, Claude and Dorothy Cravens, they are 88 and 86 respectively, they have been married for over 63 years and have spent the last 35 years in the same home. About 10 years ago Dorothy was diagnosed with Dementia and Claude became her primary caregiver and has been doing so ever since. Claude has done his best to take care of Dorothy and their home, but he himself is getting old and is n ..

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Top 10 Concerns That Seniors Face

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Top 10 Concerns That Seniors Face As we get older, we hope that our lives will become easier. We anticipate retirement as the time in our lives when we can finally relax. While the golden years can be some of the best years of our life, there are always concerns. Senior citizens have challenges to overcome that are universal to all ages as well as some issues that are specific to their age group. The top ten concerns facing senior cit ..

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Dangers of Caregiver Denial

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dangers of Caregiver Denial Denial is a normal human emotion, especially with symptoms as heartbreaking as dementia or Alzheimer’s, as no one wants to confront the disease for which there is currently no cure. But there are risks to caregiver denial. Dangers that go along with caregiver denial are two-fold. Not only is your loved one at risk; but also you, the caregiver, is at risk. It doesn’t matter how many times yo ..

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How to Handle Dementia Outbursts from the Elderly

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

How to Handle Dementia Outbursts from the Elderly A caregiver is typically a special type of person, they are kind, caring, compassionate, and have a general nature of caring for people, and they can generally handle anything that needs to be done for the care of another person. It is difficult and sometimes deeply upsetting when a senior you care for is verbally or physically aggressive on a regular basis, but understanding what causes t ..

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Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Help

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Signs Your Aging Parent Needs Help When coming home to visit a loved one after being away for a while you may notice some signs that mom/and or dad may need some extra help staying independent. Little things like the mail is stacking up or the refrigerator has too much expired product or nothing in it at all, are some signs they may need help. It is important to know the signs and be aware of them to ensure you are doing everything y ..

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