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Archive for the ‘Tips & Resources’ Category

Get to Know Your Advocate – Sibyl Yau

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Posted on December 11th, 2017 by Teri Dreher, under Inspiring Stories, Patient Advocacy, Patient Tools, Tips & Resources

Q: Let’s start with the obvious; what you drew you to patient advocacy? A: I’m an only child and my parents were older when I was born. My mother was 36 when she had me, so I grew up with older parents who had healthcare issues. I became a... Continue Reading »

Fall and Flu Season

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Posted on October 30th, 2017 by Teri Dreher, under Infections, Tips & Resources

Fall and Flu Season It’s that time of year again, FLU SEASON!  Well, the time technically started in September, and since flu season runs through May, it’s that time a lot of the year. Still, the earlier you get vaccinated the better. Flu... Continue Reading »

October is Talk About Your Medicines Month

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Posted on October 24th, 2017 by Teri Dreher, under Polypharmacology, Prescription Drugs, Tips & Resources

Talk About Your Medicines Month The National Council on Patient Information and Education started the annual Talk About Your Medicines Month over 30 years ago.  The primary focus was on better communication between consumers and their healthcare... Continue Reading »

The Hospital “Slide”

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Posted on October 16th, 2017 by Teri Dreher, under Inspiring Stories, Medical Error, Senior Orphans, Tips & Resources

A Five Day Story What about you has changed in the last five days? Lost a few pounds? Gone grocery shopping? Enjoyed a weekend activity? Five days doesn’t seem like very long, but in healthcare five days can bring incredible - or terrible -... Continue Reading »

Medicare Open Enrollment

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Posted on October 9th, 2017 by Teri Dreher, under Insurance & Billing, Tips & Resources

Medicare Open Enrollment Open Enrollment for Medicare is right around the corner. While Medicare coverage is great, changing your coverage, or joining a plan in the first place, can be tricky. While your own health may have changed in the last... Continue Reading »

Your Lifestyle and Dementia

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Posted on October 2nd, 2017 by Sally Perkins, under Alzheimer's and Dementia, Patient Advocacy, Take Charge, Tips & Resources

Taking Action to Prevent Dementia: Your Lifestyle Choices Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is one of the leading illnesses in the United States amongst older people.  Approximately 5.3 million over 65 is affected  - roughly one in ten. Because... Continue Reading »

Are “Bad Patients” Treated Differently?

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Posted on September 11th, 2017 by Teri Dreher, under Tips & Resources

What is a "Bad Patient?" “Bad Patients” come in all shapes and sizes.  They're labeled as: Non-compliant Entitled Angry Mentally unstable Unable to take responsibility of their own health and Excessive talkers In a... Continue Reading »