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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 [...]

National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Did you know that glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world and currently affects over three-million people in the United States? The incidence is projected [...]

New Year’s Resolutions

January 1 often signals a new beginning—a time to ask ourselves what we will change in the New Year. Some of us decide we are going to lose weight, exercise more, or stop smoking. Health [...]

You’re in the Donut Hole

As a young child, I remember my dad going to the local donut shop and bringing home delicious treats for our Saturday morning family breakfast. Thinking back, I remember the wonderful glazed donuts, the nut [...]

Helping Your Family Member with Dementia

About 12 years ago, as my father was being diagnosed with cancer, my mother started to have some memory problems. At first, I thought it was related to the stress of caring for my dad. [...]

The Cost of Being a Caregiver

In 2013, my mother fell in her kitchen and broke her right hip. After returning home, she required extra in-home care. We hired a live-in caregiver during this initial phase of recovery and eventually settled [...]

Organizing Your Documents

Last month, I wrote about having “The Conversation” with your parents to help you gain a better understanding of their wishes should they become seriously ill. One of my suggestions was to learn more about [...]

Preventing the Flu

Every year, I get a flu shot in late October. I usually remind my clients that they should wait until Halloween to get their flu shot, too. I get vaccinated every year to avoid contracting [...]

Overuse of Testing

I accompany many of my clients to their medical appointments and I am often surprised at the number of tests that are suggested despite the person’s advanced age and poor health. Many times, I speak [...]

Losing Your Voice

I was recently diagnosed with laryngitis and lost my voice for a few days. The only thing I could do was drink extra liquids and rest my voice until I finally recovered. During recovery time, [...]

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