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Seeing clearly

I work with many senior clients who have complex medical conditions. One of the biggest struggles their caregivers have is when to make the switch from curative treatment to comfort measures. It has been my [...]

Aging, End of Life|

Make a list!

Did you know that the average medical appointment is about 15 minutes long? When I first started working as a physician assistant, I had the luxury of building extra time in my appointment schedule for [...]

Don’t Go Alone

I started attending all medical appointments with my parents as they became older.  When my father was diagnosed with cancer, the appointments were frequent and often anxiety producing. Complicated medical terms and difficult to pronounce [...]

Health and Wellness|

Six preventative practices to avoid getting the flu

It is that time of year when we find ourselves reaching for the tissue box. With winter comes an increase in cold and flu season. Flu symptoms include runny nose, cough, body aches and pain, [...]

Health and Wellness|

Home for the holidays

As we approach the holiday season, many of us travel home to visit our aging parents. Despite having regular phone conversations, you may not be aware of the age-related decline that has happened since your [...]

Aging, Dementia, Falls, Medications|

Feeling Thankful

Recently, one of my clients passed away after a long struggle with dementia. The illness took a huge toll on her husband and children, but through it all they rose to the challenge and provided [...]

Aging, Dementia, End of Life, news|

Four things I observed in 2015 as a Health Advocate

Older adults are being prescribed too many medications. One of the services I provide is a review of all the medications my clients are taking. This includes prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. One of my [...]

Aging, Falls, Insurance, Medications|

How many pills do you take in a day?

My mother takes three pills each morning. If it were up to her, she would stop them all. Last year when she broke her hip, I had a hard time getting her to take a [...]


Stop and question before paying that bill

Ten years ago, my father was admitted to a local hospital with a kidney stone. The stone was large and he needed additional surgery to crush the stone. I reminded him to not pay any [...]


What kind of help does a Health Advocate provide?

As mentioned in my last post, my mom is 84 years old. In the last few years, I have been her Health Advocate. Recently, she fell in the kitchen and injured her right hip. Her [...]