Category Archives: Health

Dementia Severity Worksheet

Dr. Marty Levine, a primary care physician and geriatrician has developed a worksheet to help families determine where family members cognitive function rates.  The Dementia Severity Worksheet is one tool families can use to help them have a starting point when talking to medical care providers or housing experts about their family members.  ” I’ve found…

6 Stories about how having a purpose will improve your life

How do you find a purpose in the second half of your life?  Probably no other generation before the Baby Boomer generation has been so stuck on having a purpose in retirement or having a purpose-driven life or being purposeful.  Those are all important sentiments because we already know that having a purpose increases the…

U.S. seniors struggle with malnutrition

Compared to most parts of the world, America has amazing wealth.  So why is it that more than half of American seniors seen at emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition? A new study recently published in the online journal, Annals of Emergency Medicine, found that among ER patients 65 and older,…

Researchers study link between frailty and dementia

There are only about 9,000 Geriatricians in the United States.  That amounts to one doctor for every 3,000 older adults (as compared to the much cited one doctor for every 300 patients overall), according to the Washington Care Planning Council.   Only five of the 145 medical schools in the United States have geriatric care departments…

Adults with Diabetes: Vaccinations are an Important Part of Protecting Your Health

Having a chronic health condition doesn’t mean you have to lose control over your health. Every day you take steps, like eating right, monitoring your blood sugar, and watching your weight, to manage your diabetes and ensure the healthiest possible future. What if there was something you could do just once a year that could…

Three pilot programs may change the way seniors access care

A Medicare beneficiary falls down and breaks a hip, landing in a hospital.  Two days later, the hospital sends that beneficiary to a local nursing home to receive follow-up care.  Does Medicare pay the bill or does the beneficiary?  Most people would answer that the beneficiary will end up paying.  Here’s another scenario: a Medicare…

Our lifestyles are killing Americans

Less than half of all Americans meet the federal guidelines for activity.  Unfortunately, even those adults that meet the guideline often negate the benefits of their activity by pursuing long periods of inactivity either through work (by sitting at a desk all day or commuting) or in their leisure time (by watching television, playing on…

What can you do when Mom’s having housing issues?

Caregivers often find themselves in tricky situations.  Here’s a situation that can come up that can require trained help to overcome. Your mom has dementia and resides in a nursing home.  She never lasts very long in any particular nursing home because she enters other client’s rooms, undresses and slips into bed with them (don’t…

The type of walking you do may determine your risk of falls

We have a walking trail in my neighborhood.  It’s neither long enough nor is it particularly picturesque, it doesn’t lead to shopping areas or impressive views and yet despite that I see more and more of my neighbors taking advantage of its existence.   The benefit to the walking trail in my neighborhood over the sidewalks…

Common herbs may play a role in controlling diabetes

If your garden includes any edibles, it probably includes rosemary and oregano.  Not only do they grow well in this climate but even weeding around them can be restful.  There’s nothing like pulling up a weed and accidentally crushing the leaves of one of these wonderfully aromatic plants.  Now, there’s another reason to grow them. …