Medical Care for Seniors Articles

  • The Emergency Medical File Every Caregiver Should Create

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

  • ER, Urgent Care or Primary Care: Which Should You Choose?

    When a senior needs medical attention, consider the level of care they require and the immediacy of the need before deciding where to take them for treatment.

  • How to Be a Better Patient

    Use these 7 tips to become an active participant in your medical care and you'll have a better care experience with more successful outcomes.

  • Under Observation: The Phrase That Could Add Thousands To A Senior’s Hospital Bill

    Hospitals across the country have recently become reluctant to admit elderly patients, a practice that could end up being costly for seniors on Medicare.

  • What questions should a caregiver ask when they go to the doctor with an elderly parent?

    When taking your elderly parent to the doctor, maximize your time on each visit by keeping a notebook with your questions, observations on mental or physical changes since the last visit, lists of medications, and recommendations for follow up care.

  • Preparing Elders with Dementia for a Doctor's Visit

    Effective communication with the doctor is important for you and your family when someone you love suffers from dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Take a team approach to preparing for Dr. visits to better achieve your health care goals.

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  • Evaluating Alternative Treatments for Alzheimer's and Dementia

    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.

  • Caring for a Loved One with Heart Failure

    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.

  • The Right Rehab Program Dramatically Increases Mobility after Joint Replacement

    Seniors who undergo an intensive rehabilitation following knee or hip replacement surgery may experience a three-fold increase in their mobility.

  • Health Care Decision Making in a Senior Living Facility

    Even if you were heavily involved in the decision to place an elderly loved one in a senior living facility, you must have certain legal documents in place to participate in conversations with staff about their medical care.

  • Questions a Caregiver Should Ask about Parkinson's Disease

    A Parkinson's diagnosis brings many questions about treatment, progression, alternative therapies, and medications. Becoming an informed caregiver is the best method of preparation to make confident decisions while caring for a loved one with Parkinson's.

  • Heart Failure: Better Communication With Patients and Caregivers Leads to Better Outcomes

    According to a new report, increased communication between doctors, patients and their caregivers may lead to shared decision-making and better outcomes for seniors suffering from heart failure.

  • Hospital Delirium: Cognitive Decline After Hospitalization

    Hospitalization of a senior sometimes causes a rapid cognitive decline known as hospital delirium. Although people with dementia are more prone, it can affect seniors who don't have a prior dementia diagnosis and has potentially serious consequences.

  • An Overview of Cancer

    Cancer strikes people of all ages, but as people age, they are more likely to get cancer, even if no one in the family has had it. Learn about cancer, symptoms to look for, how cancer is diagnosed and what treatments are used.

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  • Long-Distance Caregiving: Where to Start

    Even if you live hundreds of miles away, you can still help your elderly parents with their medical care. Healthcare experts recommend that you start by learning as much as you can about your parent's illness, current treatments, and its likely course.

  • A Complete Guide to Durable Medical Equipment & Medical Supplies

    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 commonly try to downplay changes in their abilities.

  • Affordable Options for Lab Tests and Medical Imaging

    For patients who are uninsured or have high deductibles, lab work and imaging services can be extremely costly. Fortunately, cheaper options are available that use out-of-pocket payment instead of health insurance.

  • Telemedicine: A Promising Model for Senior Health Care

    New technological developments in the healthcare industry hold great promise for seniors with chronic medical conditions. Telemedicine enables them to live in the community longer and avoid hospitalization, all at a relatively low cost.

  • Progress with Integrative and Functional Medicine

    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.

  • Health Care: To Reduce Risks and Costs, Less Is More

    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.

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