Category Archives: Health

Is a hybrid long-term care insurance policy the right choice for you?

If you’re 50 or over, you’re likely spending at least some time thinking about buying long-term care policies.  These policies pay for care if you need continuing care either at home or in a skilled nursing facility.  There’s a 10 in 10 chance that you’ll die someday and a 7 in 10 chance that you’ll…

Steps for avoiding and reporting medical identity fraud

Generally, when we think of identity theft we think about the unauthorized use of our personal information to get loans or make purchases but in 2013, 43 percent of all identity theft in the United State involved medical-related identity theft—that’s a larger piece of the pie than identity theft involving banking, the government or education. …

How technology can preserve the independence of dementia patients

A few years ago, my grandmother’s dementia had digressed to the point that we knew she was on the downward slope.  The Blossom’s, my grandmother’s family, hold a family reunion every two years and in one of her final years, they held their reunion at my cousin’s resort in her hometown in Minnesota.  By then,…

How being a night owl might lead to diabetes

By 8:30 at night, my mind starts to shut down.  For me, staying up late means staying up until 10 or maybe even 11.  I honestly take a nap to make it late enough to see New Year’s.  I share this trait with my long-suffering dad.  My mom, on the other hand, starts to warm…

Not the same old doctor

Experts project that by the time 2020 rolls around in just five years, the American health care field will see a shortage of 20,400 primary care physicians.  One thought is that primary care nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) could relieve some of the strain since their numbers are increasing more rapidly than the physician…

Taking care of bones will help men fight serious threat to health and finances

We relate some diseases to specific sexes.  Take breast cancer for instance.  Breast cancer is about 100 times less common amongst men than it is among women.  According to the American Cancer Society, the lifetime risk of getting breast cancer for men is about 1 in 1,000.  In comparison, about one woman in eight will…

Blood test may indicate Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers at UCLA are the first to provide evidence that a simple blood test can be used to confirm a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.  The test looks for beta amyloid proteins, a known indicator for Alzheimer’s, in the brain. Currently, no reliable test exists for Alzheimer’s disease.  We don’t really know that a person has…

Nursing homes still using drug therapies that increase risk of death for dementia patients despite warning from FDA

According to an article in Today’s Geriatric Medicine, nearly all patients with Alzheimer’s disease develop personality and behavior changes. Mood disorders from the disease lead to 50 percent of nursing home admissions according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. However, those behaviors should be considered a means of patient communication as the patient loses…

Obesity in the elderly is a major predictor of loss of independence and shorter life

Prior to 1980, fewer than one in ten people were obese in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.  The U.S. is one of 34 advanced or emerging countries that make up the OECD.  While weight gain provided a largely beneficial health consequence for several centuries, a significant percent of the world population no longer experiences…

Choosing to avoid institutional care: If you want to age in place, make housing choices while you’re still healthy

How and where older adults choose to retire will have long-term ramifications for communities and families as the Boomers age.  A study from AgeWave, a research think tank focused on aging issues, found that stereotypes society has about older Americans fall short of the truth.  For instance, most older adults don’t move to sunnier climates,…