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When Assisted Living Isn’t Enough

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

When Assisted Living Isn’t Enough You and your family may be beyond frustrated and sad about your aging loved one’s situation, and you may think you have no options. However, the truth is that there’s always something that can be done to optimize health and wellbeing when assisted living isn’t enough. Whether it’s consulting a geriatrician for expert advice and care information, finding a senior care com ..

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How to Prepare to Age Alone

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

How to Prepare to Age Alone According to a 2012 study in The Gerontologist (http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/current), about one-third of 45- to 63-year-olds are single, most of who never married or are divorced. That's a whopping 50 percent increase since 1980, the study found. What's more, about 15 percent of 40- to 44-year-old women had no children in 2012 -- up from about 10 percent in 1980, U.S. Census data shows.  ..

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Eye Health for Seniors

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Eye Health Risks for Seniors to Know As we age, certain health issues can become more and more prominent, meaning we have to stay consistent about medical check-ups and taking good care of ourselves. One area in particular that becomes more susceptible to disease and damage as we age is our eyes. There are several eye-related health risks that increase for seniors, and knowing what they are can help you know what signs and symptoms  ..

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Medication Management Tips That Could Save Your Life

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Medication Management Tips That Could Save Your Life According to the American Academy of Family Physicians (http://www.aafp.org/home.html): “The statistics on medication usage among elderly patients in the US are eye-opening: more than one-third of prescriptions drugs used in the US are taken by elderly patients; the ambulatory elderly fill between 9-13 prescriptions a year (including new prescriptions and refills); the average eld ..

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How General Anesthesia Can Affect an Elder’s Mind

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

How General Anesthesia Can Affect an Elder’s Mind As we get older our bodies become weaker or problems arise and more likely than not you will need to have surgery and will require general anesthesia. As we age the way our bodies process drugs changes and our overall metabolic rate is slower. According to Agingcare.com (https://www.agingcare.com/) "General anesthesia does carry a higher risk for the elderly population," says Da ..

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November Newsletter

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November is National Hospice Palliative Care Month – This years’ theme is “Hospice Helps Everyone” and that is truly what hospice does, it helps everyone, from the patient to the family, and help every step of the way. In 1992, the month of November was designated to raise awareness of hospice and palliative care within the community. During the month of November, hospices across the country are reaching out to rai ..

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November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million. Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease! One great ways to get involved is to join yo ..

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Choosing A Good Nursing Home

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Choosing A Good Nursing Home When making the decision to move a loved one into a nursing home there are many questions and it can become overwhelming! There are some basic questions you can ask and signs to look for to ensure your loved one will be in a safe, friendly, caring environment. 1. How does the food look and taste? Dining with your parent in the nursing home cafeteria is a great way not only to bolster your parent&rsq ..

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The Do's and Don'ts of Discharge

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Do's and Don'ts of Discharge The primary goal of discharge planning is to ensure a patient’s smooth transition from the hospital to her home or another facility. Patients must be humanely and appropriately discharged when they are medically ready to leave the hospital. Senior patients who are unable to care for themselves cannot be sent home, if proper care is not in place; medically incompetent adults cannot be brought to h ..

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