Females Outscore Males on Memory Tests, And That May Result in Women with Mild Cognitive Impairment Being Misdiagnosed

Alzheimer’s disease remains the biggest fear many of us have about growing older, but for most people with dementia, the symptoms did not show up all at once. Instead they started appearing gradually, often in the form of what physicians refer to as MCI, or mild cognitive impairment. This condition, regarded as a precursor to…

Is a Loved One Suffering with Unexplained Breathing Problems? The Cause Could be as Close as Their Bedroom

It’s a respiratory condition that you may never have heard of. This condition is not especially common – about 200,000 cases per year – but once contracted, it can cause lasting lung damage unless treated. And while this condition does not specifically affect seniors more than younger people, knowing about it may explain why someone…

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Time to Go Home from the Hospital? Here’s One Thing You Absolutely Must Do Before Being Discharged

Last week we wrote here on the AgingOptions blog about the importance of preparing for your discharge from the hospital from the moment you arrive. Today we’re considering an important aspect of that preparation.  When you’re in the hospital and the time for discharge approaches, there’s a rush of last-minute activity, gathering personal effects and…

Kaiser Report: Hospitals Have Become So Fearful of Patients Falling That They Have Created “an Epidemic of Immobility”

In the arena of medical care, there are times when good intentions produce bad outcomes. That was our reaction when we read this important article published recently on the Kaiser Health News website.  It’s called “‘Fear Of Falling’: How Hospitals Do Even More Harm By Keeping Patients In Bed,” and the premise is straightforward: in…

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Hospitals Start Planning for Discharge of Medicare Patients from the Time They’re Admitted – so Families Need to Plan, Too!

It’s an all too common scenario: an elderly loved one on Medicare is hospitalized, and the family expects the stay to last a certain length of time. Then suddenly, with little or no warning – and often days earlier than anticipated – the hospital tells the surprised family that the discharge date has been moved…

Only Half of Americans Plan to Get a Flu Shot This Fall. Shouldn’t You Be One of Them?

There are a number of important occurrences associated with the month of October. It’s the start of Medicare open enrollment. It’s the climactic month of the baseball playoffs. And it’s traditionally the month when every neighborhood pharmacy puts out the signs saying, “Flu Shots Available Here.” Yes, October marks the start of what is usually…

Growing Opioid Crisis is Snaring an Alarming – and Increasing – Number of Seniors, Research Shows

Last year, we discovered a highly disturbing article on the website HealthDay that put an ominous spin on the recent chorus of headlines about the nation’s opioid crisis. According to two government reports released in 2018, a growing number of seniors are falling prey to this insidious category of highly addictive painkillers. Because this problem…

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Opponents of Medicare “Observation Care” Loophole Will Finally Get Their Day in Federal Court

We’ve written about the problem of what hospitals and doctors call “observation care” multiple times before here on the AgingOptions blog. When most people hear about this Medicare rule, they respond with angry disbelief – but in spite of new regs designed to curb the practice, the problems associated with what amounts to a giant…

A Brain Disorder Called NPH Mimics Alzheimer’s Disease, Affects 700,000 Americans – and May Often Be Reversible

Alzheimer’s disease is the thing most aging men and women fear most. As the disease progresses and mental impairment grows worse, sufferers often retreat into resigned depression. So, imagine how you would feel if, after enduring eight years of worsening symptoms you feared were due to Alzheimer’s disease, you discovered that the condition actually causing…

Is Senior Delirium Just a “Normal Part of Aging”? Experts Say No – and Give Advice How to Treat and Even Reverse It

It may have happened to a senior loved one, or even to you. In a fairly short period of time, a person changes from being lucid and aware to being confused and agitated. They can’t think clearly or remember where they are or what they’re doing, and they have difficulty recalling even recent events. The…