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Family caregivers should assemble a folder of these 9 important medical details that can be easily handed off to nurses and doctors when seniors need emergency care.

It can be difficult to distinguish scientifically proven options from hyped up “remedies” and expensive “cures.” Know what to look for in an alternative treatment and how to decide if it's worth trying.

Mental health is a complex area of medicine, but there are steps caregivers can take to learn about mental illness, support their loved ones and ensure they get necessary treatments.

Upon discharge from the hospital, seniors often refuse to participate in vital rehabilitation programs. Use these tips to help them stick to their prescribed recovery plan.

Understanding what stage of heart failure a senior is in and learning how to help them manage their lifestyle to minimize symptoms can provide you both with added comfort and confidence.

I used to take lots of medications and supplements but have whittled the list down to only four. Here are a few I took for years, under the impression that they were making me healthier, and my reasons for discontinuing them.

It is crucial for seniors and their family members to fully utilize all resources available to them. Social workers are an excellent source of support and guidance for those dealing with medical issues, caregiving and the end of life.

Many people confuse these two kinds of care. While there are many similarities between them, palliative care is an important part of managing symptoms in seriously ill patients at any stage in their disease progression.

Each caregiver knows that not all long-term care facilities are created equal. However, seeking placement becomes even more challenging for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia. Ensuring the staff is properly trained is key.

New technological developments in the healthcare industry hold great promise for aging loved ones. Telemedicine enables them to stay in the community longer and avoid hospitalization, all at a relatively low cost.

Integrative and functional medicine focuses on the connection between lifestyle and health in order to prevent and treat the root causes of illness. Furthermore, this method focuses on the health of the entire body rather than individual organ systems.

So many people automatically think, "the more health care (pills, treatments, operations), the better." This is not always the case. We risk our own welfare and bankrupt our nation's treasury with that approach. I am convinced that less is more.

There are joys and perils that come with managing one’s own healthcare. I work with my doctors to manage my Parkinson's disease as much as I can, but sometimes they get it wrong... and I take charge.

How you can detect medical identity theft and the steps to take if you are a victim of medical identity theft.

Medicare laws say a patient can get post-hospital extended care services only if they were officially admitted to the hospital for three days. Recent application of these laws and regulations have frustrated caregivers and patients alike.

Charlie doesn't want to go to the doctor anymore and he refuses to do his rehab. When is it time to stop medical intervention and just try to make our loved ones are as happy and comfortable as possible?

"My mom never tells me what her doctor says!" is a common caregiver lament. Discover 10 tips for organizing an older adult's medical care so that you will stay informed of your family member's condition.

As a practicing physician for more than two decades, I was always interested in what created the most successful outcome for a patient.

My caregiving skills were challenged this past week when I had to help my father prepare for a colonoscopy and my mother ended up in the hospital.

As dementia progresses and concurrent medical problems become more difficult to manage, tough questions can arise. This framework will help you navigate complicated healthcare decisions for a loved who is cognitively impaired.
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