Monthly Archives: July 2011

Use Of Hospice Care Rises, So Do Costs

For the past 28 years, Medicare has reimbursed providers for hospice care, aimed at providing medical and emotional support to dying patients and their families. And while hospice care has been shown to save money by providing care in the … Continue reading

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Tomatoes Contain Long List of Health Benefits

Tomatoes are packed with nutrients helpful in protecting against cancer, heart disease, and even diabetes. Tomatoes contain the antioxidant lycopene, which has been shown to protect against prostate, lung, and breast cancers. But tomatoes have also been shown to help … Continue reading

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Activity, Community Keys To Managing Loneliness

Loneliness and the fear of being alone is common and affects nearly everyone at one time or another. But, according to author Stan Popovich, loneliness can not only be managed but cured through a few relatively easy steps. Popovich recommends … Continue reading

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Financial Abuse, Fraud, And The Elderly

A recent study found that the most common victims of financial fraud were women over 80 years old. The report said the typical victim exhibited signs of mild to severe cognitive or physical impairment, valued their independence, and had an … Continue reading

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Complications From Prescription Medication A Growing Problem

According to Dr. Jerry Gurwitz, chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, 38 million older Americans experience complications from their prescription medications each year. And that number is rising. Between 2004 and 2008, the number of … Continue reading

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Emergency Departments Struggle With Cognitive Impairment

Research from the University of Alberta found hospital emergency departments unprepared to handle the needs of older patients with cognitive impairment, including dementia and delirium. The study, published in the July issue of the Journal of Advanced Nursing, says that, … Continue reading

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Study Finds Common Painkillers Pose Risk To Heart Health

Common painkillers, such as Advil, Aleve, and Motrin, are not without their health risks, despite their popularity and widespread use. A recent study found an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in healthy men and women who took nonsteroidal … Continue reading

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Fewer Than 50 Percent Of Seniors See A Doctor After A Fall

Among the elderly, falling down is directly related to declining health but less than half of senior citizens see a doctor following a fall. A recent California Health Interview Survey found that, not only don’t seniors seek medical help after … Continue reading

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Olive Oil Linked To Decreased Risk Of Stroke

In a recent study, men and women who used olive oil in cooking, salad dressings, and to add flavor to food had a lower incidence of stroke than those who didn’t. Researchers tracked 7,600 men and women over the age … Continue reading

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Reverse Mortgages Convert Home Equity Into Cash

Seniors worried about their ability to finance their retirement, health-care costs, or long-term care expenses can convert their home equity into cash using a reverse mortgage. A reverse mortgage allows homeowners over the age of 62 to withdraw some of … Continue reading

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