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Reducing Hospital Readmissions: How Home Care Can Help Improve Outcomes

Posted by Anne Hein on August 3, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Did you know nearly one in five Medicare beneficiaries – approximately 2.6 million seniors – who are discharged from the hospital are readmitted within 30 days? These unplanned readmissions are not only costly (an estimated $26 billion every year in the U.S.), but harmful for patients. Who wants to get out of the hospital and get worse instead of better?  Yet, research shows up to 75 percent of hospital readmissions may be preventable. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Healthy Living

Reaching Out to Older Adults: How a Simple Conversation Can Be a Life Line

Posted by Helen Beamer on August 3, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Sometimes we avoid the most important conversations we should have with older adults. We think our deliberate silence may prevent hurt feelings, angry outbursts or uncomfortable, awkward moments. However, keeping quiet may pose serious risks to their health and safety.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

9 Ways to Prevent Delirium in Older Adults

Posted by Helen Beamer on July 31, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Older adults are at increased risk for delirium, a serious medical condition with sudden onset that causes fluctuating changes in thinking and behavior. Infections, dehydration, medication effects, poor sleep, surgery and hospitalization are some factors that can lead to delirium. Delirium is a medical emergency.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

The Sunshine Nutrient - The Importance of Vitamin D

Posted by Anne Hein on July 2, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Vitamin D is best known for keeping bones strong and healthy. It helps the body absorb calcium, which helps prevents rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults. Muscles need vitamin D to move, and the immune system needs the nutrient to fight off bacteria and viruses.

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Topics: Healthy Living

Smoking and COPD: Living Life One Breath at a Time

Posted by Helen Beamer on June 6, 2018 at 8:00 AM

I love to watch black and white movies from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s. However, a darker side of those entertaining musicals, dramas and screwball comedies is the way smoking features in the storyline.

That depiction of smoking was accurate for the time. According to a Gallup poll, about 45 percent of U.S. adults smoked cigarettes, cigars or pipes in 1954. Nowadays, people are more aware of the health risks of smoking. Recent statistics from the CDC indicate about 15.5 percent of adults smoke cigarettes.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

3 Myths About Aging and Depression

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on May 30, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Depression in older adults is not uncommon, yet there are many unfounded myths about it. Let’s dispel three of these, because believing them can delay or prevent timely treatment.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

3 Ways Music Can Help People With Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by ComForCare on May 16, 2018 at 8:00 AM

You may have heard about the power of music for those with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. But, did you know music is also beneficial for people living with other chronic conditions, such as Parkinson’s? Here are three ways music can improve the life of a person with the neurodegenerative disorder.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

Bring the Outside In: Plants That Purify Air

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on May 2, 2018 at 8:00 AM

For older adults, gardening can be beneficial to their overall health and well-being. While some seniors may not have access to a garden or be unable physically to plant and weed, they can still enjoy the beauty and health benefits of indoor plants, specifically those that purify the air inside homes.

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Topics: Activities and Lifestyle, Healthy Living

6 Surprising Facts About Parkinson’s Disease

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on April 18, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that develops slowly over time. About 10,000,000 people around the world (including 1,000,000 in the U.S. and 55,000 in Canada) live with Parkinson’s. This is a long-lasting condition (up to 20 years) that has no cure. However, medications and therapies are available to help people manage their symptoms better.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Healthy Living

The Merits of Moving (Around)

Posted by Helen Beamer on April 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

My office has a sensor that turns the light off after a prolonged absence of movement. The light sometimes switches off while I am busily clicking my computer keyboard. Yes, I’m working but seemingly inert. My usual response to “lights out” is to wave my arms above my head. Sometimes I just keep working in the dark. What I really should do is get up and move.

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Topics: Aging, Healthy Living

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