Category Archives: Health

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…

Two studies find that diets high in animal protein important for seniors

Between the ages of 50 and 65, eating a diet high in animal protein makes you four times more likely to die from cancer according to a recent study.  But after age 65, two studies have found that a high protein diet protects individuals from disease. Researchers in the first study tracked a large sample…

End of life planning cuts costs, eliminates unwanted care

We are a month away from an important date-April 16.  Wait, you might be thinking.  Don’t you mean April 15?  I don’t.  April 15 is of course important because of taxes but April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day.  What’s so important about making healthcare decisions?  It’s important for what is probably one of the…

A third of all nursing home patients harmed by treatment

A study released this week by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that 1 out of every 3 patients who went to a nursing home after a hospital stay was harmed by their treatment. Congress mandated the study to determine the national incidence rate for adverse events in…