A Quality of Life Perspective

 Nurses and Therapists Collaborate to Help Mrs. Wilson Manage Her Illnesses, Avoid Institutional Care and Live Independently at Home with Her Husband The Patient: Grace Wilson (not her real name) is in her late 70s and lives in Washington’s Eighth Congressional District. She suffered from multiple medical complications, including encephalopathy (brain dysfunction) and diabetes. She was…

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Caregiving With Your Siblings

I remember a classic Smothers Brothers comedy  bit from their TV show in the 60’s (uhh, yes…that would be the 1960’s) when I was a teen,  in which Tommy turns to his brother Dick and utters what came to be one of those ubiquitous catch-phrases of the era… “Mom always liked you best…”  Now  that I, and…

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Concerns About Costs Rise With Hospices’ Use

Over the 28 years that Medicare has reimbursed providers for hospice services, it has been praised for giving critical medical and emotional support to dying patients and their families. When properly used — that is, at the very end of life — hospice care also has saved the government money. Providing dying patients with palliative…

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Beware "Living Trust" Scams

Around this time of year, unscrupulous companies step up their efforts to market costly living trusts to older Americans — arrangements that may actually undermine the buyer’s economic security. According to the AARP, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and a number of state attorneys general, these high-pressure con artists have built an industry around older…

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Estate Planning - Safe Harbor Trust

Safe Harbor Trusts

Traditional Estate Planning is based on notions that may be out of sync with today’s realities. They deal with the notion that estate planning should be undertaken for the benefit of removing the troubles for the heirs; the assumption being that one will go to sleep and never wake. This article talks about how Safe…

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Good Health: Your Best Retirement Investment

Prolonging Good Health JN Mixon M.D, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Longevity Medical Clinic Throughout human history, the goal of medicine has been to help people function normally throughout their lifespan. Yet, the progressive decline in physical and mental capacity that normally accompanies aging has always been accepted as unavoidable. Some lucky few age…

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Financial Impact of Alzheimer’s

Disease experts testifying before the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs are warning that Alzheimers could cause a cash crunch on a global scale and must be considered a serious fiscal danger. With the disease costing 604 billion dollars worldwide, if Alzheimers were a country it would be the 18th largest economy based on GDP…

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