Our Senior Parents may need help at home and not even know it. It is often hard to tell when aging is affecting a loved one, but don’t ignore the warning signs. We remember them as robust, independent, and able to care for themselves, so it is hard to admit when they need help, although the signs are obvious.
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,
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.
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,
There is a popular TV show called, “Bones”, about a forensic anthropologist and a cocky FBI agent who investigate death causes. Often there is nothing left to investigate except bones and what they can tell us long after we are gone. Our bones are amazing, and they can tell us many things.
What are our bones and what do they do?
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.
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.
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,
What’s the latest scoop on coffee?
One of the most inviting aromas in the world is the smell of fresh coffee brewing in the morning. It is one of my happiest childhood memories. It meant the start of a whole new day. I can’t imagine starting my day without my refreshing two cups of coffee.
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.