Senate Bill Would Change Rule for Seniors’ Inpatient Status

Patients are often taken to a hospital and placed in “observation” status. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “observation services are short-term treatments and assessments provided to outpatients to determine whether beneficiaries require further treatment ...

 
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Does Daylight Savings Time Make You Cranky?

If, like me, you’re feeling tired, out of sorts, and craving unhealthy foods, maybe it’s some of the effects of adapting to the start of Daylight Savings Time (DST) last Sunday. Although I don’t like either the ...

 
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Red Meat and Exercise May Benefit Aging Bodies

It’s not unusual for different scientific research studies to produce contradictory results. For example, previous studies have reported eggs, coffee, red wine, and other consumables were bad for your health, only to have follow-up researchers say all three could ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 3/5/14 Recap: Pet Therapy for Seniors and Caregivers

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 49 new and returning participants enjoyed an #ElderCareChat conversation on the benefits of pet therapy for seniors and caregivers. After recently tackling such difficult though necessary subjects as end of life care and the challenges facing ...

 
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Actor Seth Rogen Advocates for Alzheimer’s at Senate Hearing

It’s not unusual for Hollywood celebrities to do special appearances or charity events to raise money for major diseases or natural disasters. But to see comedic actor Seth Rogen testifying about Alzheimer’s disease before a Senate committee was ...

 
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Top 10 Fittest Cities in the U.S. for Boomers

Although spring may feel like a long way off with the winter we’ve had this year, some people may be already looking forward to getting out and exercising. For boomers and seniors over 50, it takes even more activity to ...

 
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Too Much Sitting Linked to Disability in Adults 60 or Older

Most of us are aware that being too sedentary isn’t healthy. Not long ago, it was dubbed “the sitting disease,” due to research that long periods of time sitting is associated with the onset of diseases such as diabetes, ...

 
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Survey Says U.S. Not Worried about Senior Population Growth

There’s been much speculation about how the growing senior population numbers will affect us. Will there be enough economic resources to sustain this huge shift? Will there be sufficient services, like adequate healthcare, to accommodate a graying demographic with ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 2/19/14 Recap: Supporting Family Caregivers and Carees at End of Life

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 60 participants — again, we were happy to welcome several new tweeps to the conversation — took an unflinching look at an issue many would prefer to sweep under the rug, talk about privately, or discuss only when ...

 
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Beware of Making Your Senior Parents Too Dependent

There’s a delicate balance between offering assistance to senior parents and family members and acknowledging their independence. If we don’t provide the required help, their health and safety may be compromised. But if we consistently do things for ...

 
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