Category Archives: Health

Slow the creep of mental decline with meditation

Aging brains begin to exhibit decline by the time we are in our mid-to-late 20s. Yep. That’s right. Scientists begin seeing a decrease in the volume and weight of a brain and the brain begins to lose some of its functional abilities when we still think we are on top of the world and have…

Caring for older Americans begins with the right healthcare team

American physicians began writing about childhood diseases in the mid-1800s. An early advocate, Dr. Abraham Jacobi first taught about childhood disease in 1861 and later opened the first department of pediatrics at a general hospital. Despite these initial movements, in the early 19th century, physicians still treated children like small adults with few exceptions. It…

Clot snatching tool could save lives of stroke victims

On June 29, the American Heart Association recommended the use of a treatment that snatches blood clots from brains for individuals with severe stroke cases. Like using a snake to unclog a pipe, doctors thread a catheter tube through an artery up to the clot that’s blocking oxygen from reaching the brain. A wire mesh…

American’s lack of sleep creates physical and emotional burden

I’m dating myself here but I remember a time when getting up early to watch Saturday morning cartoons netted you a screen with the station’s call letters and a piercing sound that could wake your parents up (and thus get you grounded from watching cartoons) if you turned on the television before 8 o’clock. Today…

No laughing matter!

Here’s a list of long-term effects of laughter. Laughter may: Improve your immune system. Laughter releases neuropeptides which in turn help fight stress and potentially more serious illnesses. Relieve pain. Laughter produces its own natural painkillers and breaks the pain-spasm cycle common to muscle disorders. Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter makes it easier to cope with…

When Medicare stops paying rehab bill—bad things happen

Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) are certified as acute care hospitals for patient with serious medical problems that require intense, special treatment usually for more than 25 days. Each year, Medicare sets thresholds for reimbursement for care based on five-sixths of the expected length of stay for a particular diagnosis. The thresholds vary by diagnosis…

5 facts about men and aging

Many of the articles on this site look at women and aging. One, women live longer. Two, women are more likely to end up in poverty and someone should do something about that. Finally, I’m a woman. I’ve got more skin in this game. Still, if that suggests somehow that men have an easy go…

Can adding a geriatrician to your health team make old age easier?

About 20 percent of the elderly population uses 80 percent of Medicare resources. You would think that these high risk, high cost patients would be receiving better care than the majority of the population since they cost so much more in resources. In fact, many of these chronically ill patients receive fragmented and disorganized care…

Reduce your mortality risk by 23%

Reduce your mortality risk from heart disease, cancer and other diseases by 23 percent with one simple food. A Dutch study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found that eating nuts lowers mortality rates. The study, which looked at 120,852 men and women aged 55 to 69 years old followed study results for participants…

Why Medicare might deny ambulance costs

The following refers to Original Medicare. An individual with an Advantage Plan would likely find that the rules for ambulance transportation vary by plan while the costs, rights, protections and choices may be different. Those individuals with an Advantage Plan should read the plan material or call their plan for clarification. Medicare Part B (Medical…