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Archive for the ‘Patient Tools’ Category

Fun and engaging exercises for seniors

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Posted on May 30th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Long Term Care, Patient Tools, Take Charge, Tips & Resources

Exercise is important at any age When I was a kid, I loved working out. I would even wake up early to "exercise" with my dad. Of course to a 6 year old, what that really meant was goofing off and moving around a lot. Still, those early sessions of... Continue Reading »

Season of the tick — risks posed to the elderly

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Posted on May 21st, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Infections, Patient Tools, Tips & Resources

It's that time of year again. Ticks are out for blood (literally) and while no one enjoys their company, the elderly face particular health risks from these springtime pests. More troubling still, tick populations are on the rise and growing... Continue Reading »

Self-Medication: Dangers and Drivers

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Posted on May 1st, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Drug Related Adverse Effects, Patient Tools, Prescription Drugs

"In the United States, around 1 out of every 10 people who are at least 12 years old abused an illicit drug in the month leading up to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health."(NSDUH) And that's not even counting the legal drugs that are... Continue Reading »

Accessible Ways to Enjoy Springtime

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Posted on April 9th, 2018 by Sally Perkins, under Patient Tools, Something New, Tips & Resources

Warm weather is right around the corner - let's enjoy it! Around 2 million seniors in the U.S. never or rarely leave their homes. Not only does this have significant implications for their physical health but it can also impact on their... Continue Reading »

Drug Abuse Among the Elderly

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The Opiod Epidemic is bad - and getting worse - but it's not the only drug problem this country has Prescription drug use in America is out of control. That's not to say that I'm anti-medication by any means. Prescription drugs can literally be... Continue Reading »

RAISE Family Caregivers Act – What it means for you

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Posted on March 5th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Healthcare Reform, Legislative Issues, Patient Advocacy, Patient Tools, Something New

Support when it counts On January 22nd, President Trump signed the RAISE (Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage) Family Caregivers Act into law. For families all around the country, this is wonderful news.  The RAISE Act was designed to... Continue Reading »

Driveway Safety Tips for Seniors

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Posted on February 28th, 2018 by Sally Perkins, under Patient Tools, Tips & Resources

One of the most common causes of injury in senior citizens is due to falls around the home. As we age, it becomes easier and easier to lose our balance. A fall onto a hard surface can cause devastating damage to an aging body, leading to fractures,... Continue Reading »