Health & Wellness

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Beware of Home Repair Scammers

In recent news, the Dallas Police arrested a man in home-repair scams targeting the elderly. Another case in Lincoln County, Missouri, a man approached an older woman saying he did repair work for her late husband. He told her that the lightning rods on her home needed work. She wrote him a check for over $1700. He took it and never returned. READ MORE

How to be a Smart Patient

A study by the Pew Research Center says that 70 percent of consumers research health care products and services on the web before making a purchase. If you’re a patient seeking knowledge about a medical surgery or a chronic disease, a good place to start is the Internet.

When using the web to locate information on clinical medicines, patient-centered care plans, caregiving and healthcare apps, or sites for chronic illnesses, you will be surprised the wealth of data it offers. The only caution, it takes time. To help you save some time, here’s a list of the top medical sites to begin your search. READ MORE

Healthy Foods that Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

As of today, we have no cure for Alzheimer’s. However, through on-going research we are learning more and more about the disease and studies suggest that there are options to postpone or at least slow it down. Maybe one day it can be prevented altogether.

The one thing that research can tell us is that our lifestyle plays a big part in the prevention of the disease. This means no smoking, healthy eating habits and regular exercise. Implementing these factors can help increase an individual’s chances at holding off the disease. The following are some diet tips that may be helpful. READ MORE

Launching Aging.gov for Seniors and Caregivers

Just recently, the White House Conference on Aging opened with a discussion on caregiving. The discussions throughout the day addressed challenges that the aging population faces daily. The biggest hurdles experts tackled were:

  • The annual income made by the professional health workers
  • The growing aging population
  • The pressure put on the long-term care industry
  • The millions of volunteer family members who give care
  • And the Social Security

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Senior Fraud

Elderly Abuse and Financial Frauds

The news reports it every day. Financial and other forms of violence directed to the elderly. It’s hard to believe how much the elderly suffer at the hand of unethical people. In 2009, MetLife estimated the financial loss due to scams neared $2.9 billion. But in the latest Truelink study, it found the financial loss to be twelve times higher than that, approximately 36.9% of seniors are affected by financial abuse. READ MORE

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Heat Stroke: Know the Warning Signs

A serious risk for seniors during the hot summer months is heat stroke, and it’s especially hazardous for elderly adults because of the natural changes that happen as the body ages. Family members and seniors must know the warning signs when a loved one is experiencing a heat stroke and what they can do to mitigate it.

A heat stroke is a condition called hyperthermia that is the body’s inability to regulate its temperature due to several factors. What happens in hyperthermia, the body absorbs more heat than it can dispel. The opposite condition occurs in the winter months, hypothermia. Other terms for hyperthermia are heat fatigue, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion.READ MORE

Care Transitions for Senior Health

The Affordable Care Act added the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program in 2012, requiring the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce payments to hospitals with excess readmission. A readmission is a reentry to a hospital or another facility, within 30 days after the hospital visit. The result has been, improved care transitions for patients across the board.

The key targeted illnesses that have high readmission rates are an acute heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia. In 2010, readmission costs toppled over $17.4 billion for Medicare. It is imperative for health care providers to find the best ways to help patients lower these costs by giving better care transitions upon discharge. READ MORE

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National Physical Fitness and Sports Month in May

May is the perfect month to celebrate physical activity as warmer weather and sunshine comes into our lives. People of all ages celebrate the National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. It emphasizes the significance of healthy lifestyles, being physically active, and joining in favorite sports and activities.

The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports originated in the 1950’s after a study revealed that American children to be less fit than their European counterparts. Since that time, Americans put more attention on physical fitness and wellness. In 1983, Congress designated the month of May to be the annual celebration of physical fitness. READ MORE

Celebrate Older Americans Month

May is Older Americans Month, a time to honor older adults and celebrate their contributions to our communities and our nation. It’s a yearly event going back to 1963 when President John F. Kennedy designated May as Senior Citizens Month. Later it was renamed Older Americans Month.

Seniors bring much value to local communities through volunteering their time and resources. There are more than 20 million senior volunteers who give nearly 3 billion hours of service annually. That value totals close to $67 billion.

This year’s theme of celebration is “Get into the Act,” to focus on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others. The Act provides a nationwide aging services network and funding that helps older adults live with dignity in the communities of their choice for as long as possible. These services include home-delivered and congregate meals, caregiver support, community-based assistance, preventive health services, elder abuse prevention, and much more.READ MORE