AARP: Nursing Homes & Evacuation Plans

Posted April 25, 2013
AARP: Nursing Homes & Evacuation Plans
[caption id="attachment_2647" align="aligncenter" width="724"] Psoriasis can affect anyone, but presents particular health challenges for seniors.[/caption] With the turmoil and sporadic weather our country continues to face, it is imperative to find a home for your loved one that has an evacuation plan in place.  The AARP provides a solid guideline with this article...  An Evacuation Plan at Your Parent’s Nursing Home: 9 Questions to Ask by Sally Abrahms Media images of nursing home residents being evacuated after an explosion this week at a nearby fertility plant in West, Texas, raise an important issue. That is, if your loved one is, or may some ...
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The Week: Why dementia costs the U.S. more than heart disease or cancer

Posted April 24, 2013
Here's an article worth sharing from The Week:  a look at the extensive costs of dementia... A new study says the U.S. could be spending $511 billion on dementia by 2040  By Keith Wagstaff | April 4, 2013  Dementia costs the United States $109 billion in direct care, according to a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine. To put that in perspective, caring for heart disease costs about $102 billion and cancer $77 billion.   To continue reading their article click HERE  SOURCE
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Mayo Clinic: Exercising with osteoporosis: Stay active the safe way

Posted April 8, 2013
Staying fit while aging can be tricky, but so essential for a longer, happier life.  The key is figuring out the best way to stay active for your body.  I wanted to share what the Mayo Clinic  provides for those who suffer from osteoporosis & ways to stay active while being good to your bones. If you have osteoporosis, you might mistakenly think exercise will lead to fracture. In fact, though, using your muscles helps protect your bones. By Mayo Clinic staff Osteoporosis is a major cause of disability in older women. So if you have osteoporosis, how can you reduce ...
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Reuters: End-of-life talks lacking between doctors, patients

Posted April 3, 2013
I thought this Reuters article was interesting.  We'd love to hear from caregivers who have been through this situation...  Did you feel like there was a gap in communication? End-of-life talks lacking between doctors, patients By Genevra Pittman (Reuters Health) - Although many older patients in Canada have thought about end-of-life care and discussed it with family members, a new study suggests fewer have spoken with doctors and had their wishes noted accurately in their medical record. To continue reading the entire article click HERE SOURCE
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Mayo Clinic: Long term care: Early planning pays off

Posted April 1, 2013
Unsure of what type of environment would best suit your loved one?  The Mayo Clinic can help... It's best to talk about long term care early — before the need for medical or personal care is imminent. Here's help understanding, choosing and financing long term care. By Mayo Clinic staff Long term care is a general term used to describe various home and community-based services for adults who need help taking care of themselves. If you're considering long term care options for yourself, a parent or another loved one, start the research and discussions early. To continue reading the entire ...
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