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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

Family Caregiver

Do you need to hire a caregiver?

Caring for an aging relative is a significant concern for families and AARP calls elder care the “new normal.” The typical family member who cares for a parent is a woman, although men caregivers is a growing trend.

Family members have an enormous need to hire in-home caregivers because they usually work outside the home and need someone else to help when they’re away at work. A professional caregiver can offer the family a much-needed respite when they take over the elder care duties. But hiring a professional home care aide is tough to do because family members don’t know who would be a good fit. Plus, it’s hard to turn a parent’s care over to just anyone. READ MORE

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Innovations in Arthritis Treatment Credited to Whole Body Donation

Dr. Nathan Wei, an interventional rheumatologist based in Frederick, Maryland, is pioneering some groundbreaking new treatments for arthritis, and he believes none of this would be possible without the use of whole body donations to learn and refine his skills.

Dr. Wei points out, “Generally, rheumatologists don’t do arthroscopy.” Typical arthritis treatment involves the use of pills, injections, and exercises. However, under the tutelage of Dr. Lanny Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon in East Lansing, Michigan, Dr. Wei acquired the knowledge to perform arthroscopic procedures.READ MORE

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