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

How Ridesharing Solves the Senior Mobility Crisis

Eldercare.gov, the federal government’s referral center for older Americans, reported that seniors in search of a ride was the No. 1 reason for calling the center. Adults who can no longer drive are frustrated because they cannot keep a doctor’s appointment, grocery shop or meet up with friends at social events. Seniors living in suburbs and rural communities are affected the most. They can’t get from Point A to Point B. READ MORE

How to Avoid Caregiver Burnout

Caring for elderly parents and friends is stressful, no doubt. And caregivers must keep a close eye on signs of burnout. One of the contributing factors of caregiver stress is having the feeling that your opinion doesn’t matter to healthcare professionals. And during medical procedures and health care emergencies, it’s easy to get lost in the havoc and lose sight of your own health and needs.

Burnout isn’t an illness that a person can cure with medication in hopes of relief. Most of the time caregivers don’t notice when stress and burnout have them in a tight grip. Some experts compare the symptoms of burnout to Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The signs can begin several months after an upsetting experience. It’s vital that you learn about programs and groups that offer caregiver support. 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