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February is Heart Health Awareness Month.

Did you know that heart disease is a killer that strikes more women than men?

Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.  One in three deaths in women is from heart disease; compared to one in 31 American women die from breast cancer each year.  Women don’t experience the same symptoms as men with heart disease,

Time Magazine cover on Mindfulness

Have you heard about “Mindfulness Meditation” for the elderly?

At the recent Canadian Psychological Conference I attended, June 2016 I learned about the benefits of “mindfulness mediation.”  What caught my attention was that studies have shown that mindfulness-based intervention are effective in the reduction of both rumination and worry which contribute to mental illness such as depression and anxiety.  Mindfulness has become popular because its meditative style has a distinctive method of handling emotions. 

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What do you know about computerized mental health assessments?

At a recent Psychological Conference I attended I was surprised at the volume and variety of computerized mental health assessment tools that are available to Clinicians.  The computerized tests are available for children, teens, adults and the elderly.  These computerized tests can help assess functional impairment covering six important life areas.  These life areas include school/work,

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What do you know about Disabled Parking Spaces?

There seem to be so many handicapped parking spaces, and so many are empty… I just need one spot for a few minutes. It’s so easy…. so why not? Because it’s against the law that’s why not!
Enacted in 1990 and amended in 2008, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) established the rights of qualifying individuals with disabilities to have access to public parking spaces and building entrances.

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What do you know about charity fraud?

Do you know charity scams often target seniors for donations at this time of year?
Senior citizens are prime targets for corrupt organizations bent on taking advantage of their generosity during holiday seasons. Some holidays celebrate showing gratitude (Thanksgiving) or giving gifts to others, (Christmas).

Why are seniors targeted?
Con artists know Seniors are the low hanging fruit upon whom to foist their scams.

AA Senior Care - Planning On Buying Long-Term Care Insurance?

Planning On Buying Long-Term Care Insurance?

Do you know that long-term care insurance costs are not covered by Medicare or Medicaid?

Long-term care insurance (LTC) helps provide for the cost of long-term care that is generally not covered by health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid.  LTC insurance covers non-medical services for individuals who are unable to perform basic activities of daily living (ADLs) such as dressing,

AA Senior Care Services - Sudden Altered Mental Status in the Elderly

Sudden Altered Mental Status in the Elderly… Suspect Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Do you know that a sudden altered mental state can be caused by infection?

Often the only presenting symptom in the elderly with an infection is a change in mental status or decline in functioning.   Cognitive impairment in the elderly makes it very difficult to suspect a urinary tract infection is brewing.   Urinary tract infections are the most common cause of bacteremia (bacteria in the blood) in older adults.