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Archive for the ‘Take Charge’ Category

Live in Their Truth!

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We know in its early stages Alzheimer’s disease typically affects short-term memory, and from there it can progress to loss of long term memory. But before this final phase may be reached, those with Alzheimer’s disease typically remember... Continue Reading »

Things to Ask Your Doctor During Your Visit 

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Posted on June 3rd, 2019 by Teri Dreher, under Patient Advocacy, Take Charge, Tips & Resources

It is important to be proactive in asking questions during your visit to the doctor. He or she may have ordered tests, x-rays, or other procedures in order to find out what is wrong or to learn more about your medical condition. Some tests are done... Continue Reading »

Cholesterol Levels – What Do They Mean?

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Posted on May 7th, 2019 by Teri Dreher, under Nutrition, Patient Advocacy, Patient Tools, Take Charge, Tips & Resources

If you’ve had a recent blood test, there’s a good chance you’ve had a screening test for cholesterol levels called a lipid profile. It helps to screen for lipid disorders. The results of this test includes: LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, and Total... Continue Reading »

Resolutions worth revisiting

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Posted on January 2nd, 2019 by Teri Dreher, under Medical Planning, Patient Tools, Take Charge, Tips & Resources

It's that time of year again New year, new you, right? We all want to be the best versions of ourselves, but not all resolutions are created equally. Or at least, they don't seem to work out that way. With the news year comes list after list of... Continue Reading »

When the patient advocate becomes the patient: how to advocate for yourself

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Posted on November 20th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Patient Advocacy, Patient Tools, Something New, Take Charge

Last week I underwent a MAKO robotic assisted left total knee replacement and got to experience, once again, what it feels like to be on the receiving end of the healthcare system. I decided months ago that I wanted the best surgeon I could get... Continue Reading »

Conversations around death and dying: how to protect your loved ones

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Posted on October 23rd, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Insurance & Billing, Medical Planning, Patient Tools, Take Charge, Tips & Resources

We all know it's going to happen at some point, but planning for your own death and dying process is no easy task Still, preparing for medical emergencies and what will happen when you die is extremely important - especially for the loved ones you... Continue Reading »

LGBTQ Discrimination in Older Adults

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Posted on October 17th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Long Term Care, Medical Planning, Patient Advocacy, Take Charge

Last month, the New York Times reported a story on a married lesbian couple who were turned away from a continuing care retirement community That article can be found here. The facility turned down the couple on the basis of their cohabitation... Continue Reading »