Seniors

End of life conversation

Have you discussed your end of life plans with your children?

The end of life conversation is not an easy conversation to have, and that’s why many people simply choose not to partake in the discussion. But not discussing your plans with your adult children can sometimes lead to issues down the road. Issues that can easily be prevented with a simple conversation. With families gathering together for the holiday season, now may be your best opportunity to have this important discussion.READ MORE

What is Celiac Disease and how do you know if you have it?

We’re all familiar with the ever so popular gluten-free trend. In fact, the trend is so popular that an estimated 22 percent of adults are trying to avoid eating gluten, according to research firm Mintel. But what may be a fad for some people, is a medical necessity for others. We’re talking about people with Celiac disease, and it is estimated that they make up approximately .5% to 1% of the population. And according to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, that number is growing, especially among the elderly.READ MORE

What is Gout and What Causes it?

According to the Arthritis Foundation, gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in some people who have high levels of uric acid in the blood. OK, so now that we know what it is, how did it get such a weird name? According to historians who study this sort of thing, the term “Gout” is derived from the Latin word gutta, meaning “a drop” (as in a drop of liquid – a reference to the belief that it was caused by a drop-by-drop accumulation of humors in the joints). It is a condition that has existed for centuries.READ MORE

Rhinitis Symptoms

What is Rhinitis?

Although the name sounds somewhat threatening, Rhinitis is simply irritation and inflammation of the mucous membrane inside of the nose (“rhin” refers to the nose in medical terminology). The condition is usually accompanied by a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and post-nasal drip. READ MORE

Home Health Care Agencies Explained

Home health care agencies often get lumped together with home care agencies, but they are two distinct types of service. Home health care agencies provide “medical care” while home care agencies provide “non-medical care”. Although, some home health care agencies provide non-medical care as an additional service offering.READ MORE

Migraine Headache

What is a Migraine and How are They Treated?

For those of you who have experienced migraine headaches, you know how painful they can be. People often confuse migraines with regular headaches, so it’s important to know the symptoms and the differences as treatment options will vary.

Regular headaches can range from mild to severe and are generally caused by factors like dehydration, stress, anxiety, sinus problems or muscle strain. Other more serious headaches may be the result of other medical problems. READ MORE

What Causes Bone Spurs?

Before we get into the specific causes of bone spurs, let’s first take a look at what bone spurs are. Bone spurs are outgrowths of bone which are most often found in and around joints. A bone spur is essentially “extra bone” growth which has formed on top of normal bone. Bone spurs typically occur in areas of the body such as the knees, feet, hips, spine, shoulders and hands.READ MORE

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is estimated that approximately 1.3 million Americans suffer from this condition. People are often surprised to learn that Rheumatoid arthritis is actually is caused by the body’s own immune system attacking healthy joint tissue, resulting in chronic inflammation of numerous joints throughout the body. READ MORE