“Doctor, are you sure?” I questioned. “We’re never sure, but all indications point to Alzheimer’s as your mom’s diagnosis. Mary, this disease is not something your 88 year old dad can take on alone. It is going to be a family affair.” And indeed, that is what it has become. This small family of four will […]
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As a caregiver, we totally commit ourselves to caring for another person who no longer functions as they once did in the normal scheme of life. We move in with them or move them to us. We give up our jobs, our own independence, and very often our family and friends. We become so involved […]
All adults should have an advance directive. An advance directive, however, is not a medical order; some may want to have medical orders to provide direction in the event of certain medical events. What is a DNR? A DNR order is a “Do Not Resuscitate” order. It orders healthcare professionals not to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if […]
Here’s a list to get you thinking about home modifications that can help your loved one stay safe at home longer and age in place. Bathroom Install grab bars or safety rails for support when getting in/out of tub/shower – never use towel racks or shower curtain rods instead of grab bars. Apply non-slip strips […]
When was the last time you had a really good laugh? The scientific definition of laughing is a “successive, rhythmic, spasmodic expiration with open glottis and vibration of the vocal cords, often accompanied by bearing of the teeth and facial expression”. That doesn’t begin to tell the story of what laughing does for us, however. […]
En español | The financial futures of Medicare and Social Security remain virtually unchanged from last year, but the 2019 trustees’ reports released Monday warn Congress that it must act to address the long-term challenges of these two bedrock programs. Without changes in the law, Medicare’s health insurance trust fund will begin to fall short in […]
In 2016, Dr. Wayne Giles, then director of CDC’s Division of Population Health, issued a stern warning: As a nation, we are not getting enough sleep.” Sleep-deprivation has been in health news ever since. Reasons for restless nights are as varied as our ages. Nearly half of men and women over the age of 65 […]
The following are some questions to ask the research team when thinking about a clinical trial. Write down any questions you might have and bring your list with you when you first meet with the research team. What treatment or tests will I have? Will they hurt? What are the chances I will get the experimental […]
When we think of epidemics which can kill people, we tend to think of chronic diseases, like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. What doesn’t always come to mind are emotional issues, particularly one as “commonplace” as loneliness? To some extent, we all deal with loneliness. However, studies have shown chronic loneliness can have a severe impact on […]
Hands working on laptop network graphic overlay ***These are our own 3D generic designs. They do not infringe on any copyrighted designs.*** En español | Crossing the street at a busy intersection might be scary, but if you look both ways and follow traffic signals, chances are you’ll get to the opposite side of the street […]