Tips to Avoid Chronic Diseases

America’s population is aging. By the year 2050, the 65+ age group is expected to reach 83.7 million. The health data implies, if a person makes it to 65, one can expect to live another 20 years. This data is welcomed news. However, other health stats tell us the longer we live, the more susceptible we are to living with at least one chronic illness. The Center for Disease Control reports (2012), about half of all adults, 117 million people have at least one chronic health condition, and one of four adults have two or more. READ MORE

It’s Open Enrollment Season!

Yes, it’s that time of year again when you have the option of making changes to your Medicare coverage. Medicare health and drug plans can and do change each year. These changes may include increases in your out-of-pocket costs, changes to coverage, as well as changes to providers and pharmacies in your provider network. If you’re in a Medicare health or prescription drug plan, always review the materials your plan sends you, like the “Evidence of Coverage” (EOC) and “Annual Notice of Change” (ANOC). READ MORE

5 Lifestyle Options for Seniors

The boomer generation steps into older adulthood with significantly different lifestyle demands. They have higher expectations of the stage. They will approach retirement and aging with flair and enthusiasm.
Boomers want to live differently than their parents’ generation. They will stay active and strive for good health, and remain connected socially. It’s the boomer generation who will change aging for the others who follow behind.

Most have the urge to “keep on, keeping on,” and to probe and examine what’s working and what’s not in their lives. Here is a list of the trends that embrace a boomer’s successful existence.READ MORE

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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

How Ridesharing Solves the Senior Mobility Crisis, 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

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5 Ways to have the Money Talk with Aging Parents

It’s difficult to bring up money matters with older relatives. It’s a topic that they believe is no one’s business. Our entire culture carries the same belief. Many families think it’s a private subject and consider it to be insensitive if brought up. But in the case of older parents, it may be the only personal issue have control over. They may even be embarrassed if brought up.

A decade ago, my siblings and I had the money talk with our parents. It was our mom who felt very comfortable discussing financial issues, but dad wanted to avoid it altogether. He was old school felt insulted. He hesitated to share the key code to their personal safe. It took a lot of coaxing to persuade him. READ MORE

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