Hearing Aids & Medicare: What Seniors Should Know

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Does Medicare pay for hearing aids?It is a question older adults and family caregivers frequently ask. We know the risk for hearing problems increases with aging. As many as one in three people over the age of 65 and half of those over the age of 75 live with some type of hearing loss. According to AARP, the cost of hearing aids averages around $4,200 per ear. That number makes it easy to see why the issue of hearing aids is such a concern. Unfortunately, hearing aids are... Click to Read More

Building Family Caregiver Resilience: Mindfulness Strategies

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Caring for a loved one can be deeply rewarding, but can also be demanding and draining.As her husband’s Parkinson’s has progressed, Mary Lou has become consumed with providing for all aspects of his safety, comfort and physical care.  Mary Lou feels alone and so overwhelmed that a task as simple as getting to the grocery store now seems nearly impossible.John feels deeply sorry and terribly guilty for losing his temper with his wife.  He knows her repeated questions are part of dementia, but John struggles to control his... Click to Read More

Silent but Deadly: What is a Silent Heart Attack?

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When you think of a heart attack, you may think of chest pains, shortness of breath, and pain in the left arm. What if your loved one didn't have any of these symptoms? If so, they may have experienced what is known as a silent heart attack.What is a Silent Heart AttackIn many cases, heart attacks -- especially in older men -- exhibit typical symptoms such as chest pain or pain in the left arm. But with a silent heart attack, also known as silent ischemia or lack... Click to Read More

Navigating Cancer Survivorship Webinar

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The Special FocusAs of 2015 American College of Surgeons has required that hospitals provide a survivor care plan for all patients treated for cancer.  We will provide background on the 2006 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report that gave rise to these 2015 regulations.ObjectivesDefine cancer survivorship and important post-treatment concerns of survivors.Name the decisions and events that led to new national standards for survivorship care plans.Describe benefits and key components of an effective survivorship care plan.Outline practical ways for health care providers, family caregivers and cancer survivors... Click to Read More

4 Things to Know About Congestive Heart Failure in Older Adults

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Nearly everyone knows something about heart disease. From high blood pressure to bypass surgery to heart attacks, heart disease is top-of-mind for most older adults and their loved ones. However, one lesser-known area of heart disease is congestive heart failure.Congestive heart failure is a progressive condition that worsens over time, especially if it goes unchecked. With congestive heart failure, the heart is weakened due to a number of conditions -- ranging from high blood pressure to coronary artery disease. Due to this weakness, the heart can’t pump blood... Click to Read More

A Different Kind of Valentine’s: Sexuality and Dementia

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Most of us are comfortable with the Valentine’s Day images of hearts, flowers and romantic encounters among people who have young, healthy, beautiful bodies. But how do you suppose all the starry-eyed young lovers out there would react if they knew that their grandparents were still interested in love, passion, and sexual pleasure?  (My guess is that most of them would be totally grossed out!)The good news (or bad news, depending on your perspective) is that we never age out of our sexuality. We are born as sexual... Click to Read More

Keep an Eye Out for These Vision Problems in Older Adults

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Nobody wants to lose their vision, but impairment of vision due to old age is one of the most common ailments affecting the elderly. According to the American Association for the Blind, more than 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older suffer from a severe visual impairment. Tragically, many of these cases may have been entirely preventable or reduced in severity if only they had taken a few simple precautions.Below you will learn about three of the most common causes of vision loss in the elderly, including cataracts,... Click to Read More

3 Ways Technology Is Making Caring for an Older Adult Easier

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The latest improvements in medical technology are helping to extend the human lifespan longer than ever before. These advances have also made great strides towards improving the quality of life of the elderly by streamlining caregiving services and by creating more effective treatments. Below you’ll learn about some of the most innovative ways that technology is making family caregiving for elderly loved ones easier with the help of assistive living technologies, fall detection services, and optimized medication delivery systems. With a little help from modern elder care technology,... Click to Read More

What’s Preventing You From Receiving Quality Health Care?

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According to the most recent United States Census information, 14 percent of the current population is aged 65 or older.  By the year 2030, that number will increase to 18 percent.  With so many Baby Boomers aging into the 65+ category, America is now aging more rapidly than ever before.  And the biggest concern for most of them is the cost and quality of healthcare they are receiving.  Health care costs for seniors are now the most expensive they’ve ever been.A new study conducted by the Commonwealth Fund... Click to Read More

Why Is It Important to Have a Living Will?

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In 2005, the attention of the nation became fixed on a 41-year-old woman named Terri Schaivo. Schaivo’s husband had struggled for nearly decade to get her taken off of a feeding tube after she had spent the previous 15 years in a vegetative state, but her parents disagreed with that decision. The seven-year legal battle that ensued was heart wrenching for everyone involved. Although the Schaivo case was highly publicized, it’s far from a unique situation. Without a living will, you and your family may be vulnerable to... Click to Read More
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