Category Archives: Health

End-of-Life: choosing cremation

About 40 percent of Americans plan to be cremated.  That’s about double what it was just 15 years ago according to the Cremation Association of North America.  By 2017, the industry expects that one out of two Americans will choose cremation rather than burial.  One reason for the recent change in attitudes among Americans about…

University of Washington Willed Body Program

Humans have been studying the human anatomy for thousands of years.  Over the centuries, those studies have allowed for breakthroughs in art and science.  The study of the human anatomy continues to play an essential role in the education of medical doctors, nurses, dentists and other health professionals. To make that possible, medical schools require…

Planning your end of life so someone else doesn’t have to

Have you thought about how you’ll die?  This week the news has been filled with stories about Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 and much closer to home the mudslide that devastated the small town of Oso in Snohomish county in Washington state.  These are truly sad stories.  It is hard to say what is harder to…

Only 20 percent of seniors treated for cause of falls after breaking bones

Fractures are a common and problematic event for older adults. More than 2 million fragility fractures occur in the U.S. each year.  Despite this, roughly 80 percent of older Americans who experience a fragility fracture are never tested or treated for osteoporosis. Fragility fractures are broken bones caused by a fall from no greater than…

When a Geriatric Care Manager can reduce stress

For privacy purposes the names of the individuals in the case have been changed. Mary’s mother, Joan, turns 94 this year.  She lives independently in an apartment and has caregivers come in to help her.  A few years ago, Mary and her son, Michael attended a LifePlanning seminar with Elder Law Attorney, Rajiv Nagaich.  They…

Women twice as likely to be Alzheimer’s victims and caregivers as men

The Alzheimer’s Association calls women the “epicenter of Alzheimer’s disease” in a report they released this week.  The report found that senior women at age 65 are almost twice as likely to develop the disease as men and had a higher lifetime risk of Alzheimer’s disease than men largely due to their longer life spans…

OIG finds that nursing homes harm a third of all patients

An analysis of skilled nursing facilities by the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG), in August 2011, found that care in those facilities is often poor and dangerous for as many as a third of all residents.  The OIG looked at residents who spent an average of 15.5 days in…

‘Palliative care’: A term you need to know!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 50 percent of U.S. adults are living with a chronic condition, a number that is up from less than 40 percent 10 years ago.  According to the CDC, Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, stroke, arthritis, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s…

11 ways to ease loneliness

Over 13 percent of Americans are 65 and older.  Over the next 20 years that number is expected to nearly double.  At the same time, disabilities, widowhood, divorce and retirement are just some of the things that may play a role in a serious public health issue.  That issue is loneliness.  Studies have shown that…

The million dollar gift you can make without depleting your bank account

Elder Law Attorney, Rajiv Nagaich has a friend in need of a kidney.   He’s been talking about this need on the radio show for the past couple weeks.  There are benefits to both the kidney donor as well as the recipient.  One in 10 American adults (over 20 million) has some sort of chronic kidney disease.  Because chronic kidney…