Medical Care for Seniors

  • 5 Ways to Manage Dementia-Related Hallucinations

    Two of the most frightening and troublesome side effects of dementia are hallucinations and delusions. They are very real to the person who is experiencing them but highly frustrating for caregivers to deal with.

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  • 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.

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  • Recommended Vaccines for the Elderly

    Decreasing your loved one's chances of contracting the flu or pneumonia, and other preventable diseases is as simple as getting a shot (or two) in the arm. The CDC recommends 6 vaccines for the elderly.

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  • Returning to Senior Housing After a Hospital Stay

    A hospital stay can seriously affect a senior’s health and independence. Understanding the common issues that occur during care transitions will help you and your loved one know what to expect and ensure the discharge process goes as smoothly as possible.

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  • A Geriatrician’s Take on Elders Who Refuse to Go to the Doctor

    Fear, denial, thriftiness, distrust, and embarrassment are common reasons why seniors avoid doctor’s appointments. Fortunately, there are strategies caregivers can use to ensure aging loved ones receive the medical care they need.

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  • Geriatricians: The Antidote to Ageism in Senior Healthcare

    Ageism isn’t just hurtful—it is also harmful. When health care professionals perpetuate ageist attitudes, senior patients’ health care outcomes suffer.

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  • 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.

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  • How to Read Explanation of Benefits Statements

    Reading explanation of benefits statements is an ongoing task for caregivers who help elderly parents with their healthcare and finances. Use this guide to understand your EOB statements when reviewing your parents' medical insurance bills.

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  • How to Make a Hospital Stay Easier for a Senior with Dementia

    Evidence has shown that dementia patients are at greater risk for adverse outcomes following hospitalization. These simple steps can help family caregivers make a hospital stay easier on loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

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  • 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.

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  • Medical Overtreatment Can Have Dire Consequences for Seniors

    Tests, treatments and medications are supposed to make people healthier, but when it comes to medical care for seniors, less is more in most cases.

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  • Getting Special Treatment: Senior-Centered Emergency Rooms

    The growing popularity of senior emergency rooms is set to revolutionize emergency services for elderly. This geriatric wing of the ER is designed for the comfort and specialized treatment of seniors.

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  • 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.

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  • Caregiver Communication About Feeding Tube Insertion

    A gastric feeding tube represents one way to nourish dementia-stricken elders who lose the ability to eat. However, research indicates that many doctors are not having discussions with caregivers regarding the pros and cons of feeding tube insertion.

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  • Medicare Part B: Are You Utilizing All of Your Benefits?

    Understanding your health insurance benefits—and those of your loved one—is crucial for ensuring that you both make the most of your coverage and do everything possible to keep yourselves healthy.

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  • Elders Getting Colonoscopies With Dangerous Frequency

    A significant number of elders are incurring unnecessary costs and endangering their health by getting colonoscopies too often.

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  • Caring for a Senior With Alzheimer's At Home

    When caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease, each day brings unique challenges, changing abilities and new patterns of behavior. Incorporate these tips and strategies into your daily routine to facilitate caring for your loved one at home.

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  • First Steps for New Caregivers: Getting a Health Assessment for Your Parent

    Becoming a new caregiver for an aging parent is overwhelming and it can be difficult to know where to start. A comprehensive health assessment will give you a better understanding of your loved one’s needs and help you make care decisions moving forward.

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  • Do All Elders Need Specialized Geriatric Care?

    As a caregiver, you may wonder if it’s time to add a geriatrician to an aging loved one’s care team. Any senior can benefit from a geriatric physician, but this decision depends on an elder’s unique healthcare needs.

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  • 7 Steps to Take When an Elderly Parent is Suddenly Hospitalized

    When an elderly loved one winds up in the hospital, things happen so quickly that it can leave family members overwhelmed by their new roles as advocates and caregivers. Take these 7 steps to quickly get organized and better manage their care.

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