Dr. John Connolly | Profile - AgingCare.com

Connolly is President and CEO of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America's trusted source for finding top doctors. He has an extensive background in management and healthcare. He was President of New York Medical College and a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

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This little-known senior living option can provide similar services to an assisted living facility but in a smaller, home-like environment.

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Among the wide range of housing and care options available to seniors is an option called the continuing care retirement community, or CCRC. Based on the premise of aging-in-place, this unique residential arrangement is gaining popularity across the nation.

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When selecting a system of transportation for your senior parent, caregivers must take into account a variety of factors. Costs, medical needs, and community resources all impact a transportation plan when a senior is no longer able to drive.

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As adults age, their homes also grow older, but most are not updated to accommodate the resident’s changing needs. Home adaptation or modification can provide friendlier elder living enabling the aging occupants to continue to live in the comfort of home.

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Sometimes the need for aids is immediately apparent, for example, in the case of a broken hip. Other times the need appears gradually. Be alert to the potential need for an assistive device as seniors try to hide their disabilities.

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Those test results will tell her how aggressive to be in helping you ward off osteoporosis, which affects half of all women over 50. Click to read Dr. Connolly's full answer.

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Nobody ever wants to go into a skilled-nursing facility (SNF), or nursing home. Few people ever truly want to send a parent to one. Yet for a variety of reasons sometimes there is no alternative. You are wise to consider your parents' options even if both of them are now healthy.

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When an elderly person who lives alone does not need nursing care or home care, but does need companionship and some kind of daily routine, adult day care may be the solution. Click to read Dr. Connolly's full answer.

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Both over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications are labeled with expiration dates for a reason. These drugs may not work as effectively or at all, and some can even become toxic over time. Use these medication tips to avoid risking your health.

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Elderly people are most definitely at an increased risk for problems related to the use of prescription drugs, nonprescription (or over-the-counter) medicines, and herbal or other alternative medicines.

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You might be able to choose your current physician as your "gatekeeper," maintaining the good doctor/patient relationship you seem to have. Still, getting the doctor you want should be only one criterion in deciding whether to join a Medicare HMO.

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There are hundreds of magnetic therapy products on the market, but do they work for arthritis pain?

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While there is no easy way to guarantee your father will avoid the development of prostate cancer, there has been much research lately that, at the very least, can help the odds. Click to read Dr. Connolly's full answer.

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Geriatric care managers, GCMs for short, act as a more knowledgeable you, informing you and your parent about what kind of care alternatives are available within the community and helping you assess all the medical, financial and legal issues involved with any given choice.

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"Off-label" prescriptions are certainly legal. But whether or not an off-label use of a medication is appropriate depends on a number of factors which your father's physician has likely considered.