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Hospice Myths

The word “hospice” is one many people don’t want to hear. While hospice care is a wonderful thing and comforting to your whole family, there are many common misconceptions that keep families from taking advantage of this service.   Here are 3 misconceptions.  You must have cancer. Although many...

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Kidney Disease is Preventable… and Treatable

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common complication of many health conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart and blood vessel disease.  There are now over 300,000 Americans on dialysis (artificial kidney treatment) due to kidney failure.  Prevention of kidney failure is a primary...

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News you can use from the IRS

Are You Having Enough Federal Tax Withholding from your pension or annuity?   You may have noticed that in March or April, 2009 that your monthly pension or annuity went up a few dollars (approximately $30-$60). It probably increased because of a recent change in the federal withholding tax tables....

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Service Connected Disabled Veteran Benefit for Long-Term Care

Thinking about long-term care placement is never easy. The move into an assisted living facility or nursing home almost always means a loss of at least some independence, and for many people the cost can seem overwhelming.   For veterans with a documented service-connected disability of 70 percent...

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Sleep Disorders are Common as We Age

Disordered sleep is common. Chronic insomnia (insomnia for more than 5 nights a week for more than 6 months) affects 14\% of the world’s population. Sleep Apnea, the most physiologically disruptive and dangerous of sleep disorders, affects 9\% of women and 24\% of men. Apnea induces daytime sleepiness...

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What do hearing impaired individuals want

Pondering the question of what the hearing impaired really want, it can be said that they  want to be good fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, sensitive to others’ needs and thoughts.   They want to hear intimate speech and to hear clearly the words, “I love you, I appreciate...

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Mental Illness Unmasked

Once upon a time... mental illness was thought to be on a par with leprosy, and appropriate treatment was deemed to be relegation to a sanatorium or leper colony.  While both have dispelled most folklore, myths and misconceptions, mental illness is still subtly saddled with an unwarranted and obstructive...

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Now We Can Listen to Your Feet With Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound imaging of the feet and legs involves exposing the area that is giving a patient discomfort or pain, to high-frequency sound waves which reflect a variety of images in the form of pictures of the inside of that body part. This is a painless, very safe and accurate method of imaging. It does...

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The Family Transition Coach: Assisting Baby Boomers and their Aging Parents

LIFE TRANSITIONS, SUCH AS DEALING WITH HEALTH ISSUES, getting divorced, taking care of aging parents, and becoming widowed are part of all of our lives.  Everyone is likely to go through at least one of these life changers. The real key to successfully navigating life’s transitions is being ready for...

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Tips for the Caregiver of an Alzheimer’s Patient

Caring for a loved one with alzheimer’s disease can be rewarding and a life changing experience.  It can also be the most difficult of tasks and can take a serious toll on the mental and physical well-being of the caregiver.  Current statistics show that almost 10 million Americans are caring for a person...

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What do you know about your medication

IN THIS DAY AND AGE WE HAVE ACCESS TO ANY NUMBER of products to help our bodies function more effectively. We have creams, lotions, tonics, supplements, and prescription medications. This is all well and good, but have you considered how these products may interact together? We all lead active lives...

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YOU ARE GETTING OLDER…

THE MIAMI HERALD RAN AN EXCELLENT ARTICLE RECENTLY about the “Baby Boomer conundrum”… caring for aging parents while planning for their own retirement. The article went on to say that the Baby Boomers should have a talk with their parents about money and healthcare before the crisis arises.    The...

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Hospice Can Help: Evaluating End-of-Life Care Options

If you or a loved one were facing a terminal illness, would you know where to turn for information about end-of-life care?   Every year, half of the American population will be touched by the death of a friend, family member or colleague. Hospice providers across the country are united in urging all...

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How to Find the Right Home Care

HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT HOME CARE There are two types of support you can have in your home—home health and home care. They sound similar, but are quite different. After a stay in the hospital, a doctor might require someone to have care at home on a short-term basis. This is home health. “It could...

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How to Tell When a Senior Needs Care and Assistance

Sometimes it’s easy to know when a family member needs care and assistance.  For instance, maybe he or she has a major disability or requires additional help following a hospital stay.  In other cases, however, it isn’t immediately obvious that your senior is in need of help with the activities of daily...

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Special Needs Trusts

Special needs trusts (also known as “supplemental needs” trusts) allow a disabled beneficiary to receive gifts, lawsuit settlements, or other funds without jeopardizing the disabled beneficiary’s eligibility for certain government programs. These trusts are drafted so that the funds will not be considered...

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The Holidays and Family Traditions

     As the year begins to draw to a close we are surrounded by Holidays.  The stores are filled with Halloween candy in August, Thanksgiving decorations in September and October is already filled with Christmas.   Whatever your family’s religious beliefs are everyone has traditions such as gatherings...

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Geriatric Care Management

If you are an elderly mom or dad, or an adult son or daughter of an elderly parent and you live far apart from one another, you may like to know about a Geriatric Care Manager (GCM).   A GCM is a professional with specific training and knowledge in caring for the elderly.  Caring involves understanding...

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Lifelong Learning

Have you thought of going back to school? Probably not; maybe you don’t see any reason or benefit to getting more “education.”  After all, you’re not looking for job advancement, a new career, or getting a college degree. School is for young people anyway.  You figure if you made it this far in life...

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Seniors Mental Health Programs

Did you know that a Senior Citizen’s mental, or behavioral, health has positive or negative effects on their physical health? Whether its pain, cardiovascular health or some other medical conditions, maintaining good behavioral health can significantly improve your illness recovery time continued well-being....

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