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National Poison Prevention Week

Did you know that poisoning is the number one cause of injury-related deaths in the United States? Poison prevention week runs the third week of March to raise awareness on this preventable cause of injury [...]

Join Your Patient Portal

When I meet clients for the first time, I often ask if they have access to their patient portal so I can have a chance to review their medical records. Most patient portals allow you [...]

Beware of Allergic Reactions to Medications

I recently met with a new client who had transferred to a nursing home for sub-acute rehab. She had spent a few weeks in the hospital before her transfer and during her hospitalization, she had [...]

Should You Move to Personal Care?

In my position as a health advocate, I often get calls from family members that their mother or father is no longer safe to live alone. Many times, their health has declined, they have lost [...]

February is American Heart Month

American Heart Month is a good time to focus on the risks that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease. Coronary heart disease, angina, heart attacks, heart failure, and strokes fall under the category of [...]

Wash Your Hands!

Most of us have been living in fear of getting the dreaded flu this year—and this year’s flu vaccine was only about 30% effective at preventing the flu virus. The big culprit for flu-related illness [...]

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Red is for Women

In February, the color red is for women. The first Friday in February of each year is a very special day for women. This year, February 2 is National Wear Red Day—the day where people [...]

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Should You Hire In-Home Care?

One of the main reasons I started my Health Advocacy business was to share what I learned through becoming a caregiver for both of my parents. During this experience, I learned a lot of things [...]

How to Have a Family Meeting About Caregiving

I recently had the chance to sit down with four siblings to have an honest discussion about how difficult it has become to care for their mom. Everyone had a chance to speak and share [...]

You Are Under “Observation Status”

Imagine your 83-year-old mother who lives alone falls at home and is taken to the emergency room. She has multiple bruises, but no apparent broken bones. Despite the x-ray findings, she can’t safely walk on [...]