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“Don’t Ever Put Me in a Nursing Home!”

If there is one thing Mom said as she got older, it was, “Whatever happens, don’t ever put me in a nursing home!” But as the years have gone by — and Mom’s health has continued to deteriorate — you feel as though you cannot keep up with the increasing demands of caring for her.…

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Vagus Nerve Stimulation — An Antidote to Depression?

Never heard of the vagus nerve? You’re not alone. The vagus nerve is the tenth cranial nerve, and connects the brain to the neck, chest, and abdomen. It gets little press because it controls the autonomic nervous system, the functions your body does without thinking about it, like breathing and pumping your blood. But the…

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New Medicare Cards Produce New Scams

Despite all the concern about identity theft, and protecting one’s identity, there has for decades been one card, carried by tens of millions of people, that broadcasts their Social Security number: the Medicare card. For that reason, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have redesigned the card, replacing the Social Security number with…

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Advance Care Planning: A Conversation You Need to Have

What kind of care would you want if you couldn’t speak for yourself? It’s a difficult question to answer, and the answer can change over time, depending on your circumstances. But however difficult it is to discuss these issues, and make these decisions, it is more difficult not to. The process of making plans for…

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Proper Sleep is Essential for Healing

All those things your Mom told you about getting more rest when you’re sick? They’re all true, and backed by solid, extensive medical research. Sleep is an essential component of homeostasis, the body’s ability to maintain itself. If we are deprived of sleep, many of the body’s systems are compromised, including the immune system. If…

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Dementia and Delirium: 5 Key Differences

You visit Dad in the hospital, and he asks you why he’s in a flower garden. You’re trying to talk to Mom, but she can’t follow the flow of conversation. If your parent is over sixty-five, you may wonder if you’re seeing the onset of Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia. However, that’s unlikely.…

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5 Dangerous Food-Medicine Interactions

We’re all aware that some medications interact with other medications, but some medicines, also interact with foods and drinks. The safest thing to do is to check with your doctor and pharmacist about potential interactions whenever you start a new medication. The computer databases used by physicians and pharmacists quickly reveal drug interactions, but don’t…

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6 Causes of Nonhealing Wounds in Seniors

The skin is the largest organ of the body, tasked with keeping all the other organs safe from injury. It is no surprise to anyone who has seen their first wrinkle that as we age, our skin ages as well. While some may fret over crow’s feet, there are far more serious issues when treating…

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Breakthrough Test for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease creates changes in the brain, but until now those changes were not visible in living patients. However, a recent study in The Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology has reported finding a method that changes that. Using PET scans to measure a protein called SV2A, researchers were able to distinguish between the…

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Top 10 Medical Problems in Seniors

As we age, staying healthy becomes more difficult. According to the National Committee on Aging, 80% of seniors have at least one chronic medical condition; 68% have more than one. What issues are we likely to have? Here are the top 10 chronic medical problems in seniors, as determined by Medicare records: 1. High Blood…

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