Category Archives: Health

Got rhythm? It might be what ails you.

Usually when I write about health, I write about diet or nutrition.  I might even throw in a bit about purpose.  What I usually don’t write about is music.  No doubt, you’ve seen this video.  It went viral a couple years ago.  It’s about the power of music in a man with severe dementia.  You…

How will you take care of your future Long-Term Care needs?

According to a 2004 research paper released by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), economic theory would suggest that individuals would purchase Long-Term Care insurance to protect themselves against the risks associated with custodial care costs.  The private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization found that, “long-term care expenditures represent a significant financial risk for the…

‘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…

Important health tips for Dad

There are over 70 million fathers in the United States according to the latest available data.  With Father’s Day just around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to talk to that special man in your life about taking care of his health.  We talk often on this site about how your health is your…

Get a grip isn’t just an expression; it’s a way to improve your health

From the time I was fairly young, my mother handed over jars for me to open.   She always had arthritis and when I was really young it was a kick to open something she couldn’t.  As I get older, I am becoming increasingly aware of my own inability to open bags of chips (what do…

In Europe, one final planning option includes secondhand graves

It’s the ultimate recycling and kind of bizarre that it’s happening in Europe rather than the States.  What’s being recycled is graves.   In parts of Europe, cemeteries belong to the city.  Europe with its feet firmly planted in the past and the ability of its inhabitants to trace family members back hundreds if not thousands…

CMS releases data on hospital costs

On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to a 2011 price list for 100 of the most common individual services connected with an inpatient stay and the 30 most common outpatient procedures at over 3,000 hospitals in all 50 states and Washington D.C. The agency aims to increase transparency…

Study finds that older adults in exercise program experience fewer mobility problems

A large study that looked at elderly men and women at a high risk of disability found that structured physical activity at moderate intensity significantly reduced the participants’ risk of disability and outperformed those who participated in a health education class that included upper extremity stretching exercises.  The physical activity program was conducted twice a…

What’s the difference between gifting for tax purposes and Medicaid gifting?

People get two forms of gifting confused.  The first form of gifting involves estate taxes.  The second involves Medicaid.  It’s important to recognize that there are big differences between the two of them and that gifting in one way will affect your taxes and gifting in the other will determine whether or not you’ll have…

Kudos to Minnesota. Mind if we copy?

A news report from Kaiser Health News reported this week that Minnesota beat out Hawaii and Florida (which didn’t even come close) for the healthiest state in the nation for seniors. Washington came out in the middle of the pack at 15. I’m from northern Minnesota so it’s good to know that its claim to…