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The NSPA Blog

5 ways you can prevent medical error from happening to you

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Posted on December 11th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Medical Error

We've said it before and (unfortunately) we'll probably say it again Medical error is still the 3rd leading cause of death in America. That's more than 250,000 people! Advances in measurement are only showing more preventable deaths caused by... Continue Reading »

The importance of intergenerational relationships

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Posted on December 3rd, 2018 by Teri Dreher

According to AARP,  millennials make up 25% of the unpaid family caregivers in our country That's a big number. As kids, we're told to respect and care for our elders, so it makes sense that we're seeing it happen in practice now. Whether for... Continue Reading »

Winter Storms: Risks and Reminders for Seniors

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Posted on November 27th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Patient Advocacy

Chicago was hit with quite the snow storm this week What better time to remind our readers (and ourselves) of some of the risks for seniors associated with heavy snows? Further, what better time to remind ourselves what it means to be a good... 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 »

Meaningful holiday tips for aging families

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Posted on November 6th, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Tips & Resources

As parents age, holiday dynamics typically change for families When we're little kids, the holidays can be the most exciting time of the year. No matter what you celebrate (or don't), holidays can still feel exciting as we age. Still, gift giving... Continue Reading »

Revisiting your yearly physical

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Posted on November 1st, 2018 by Teri Dreher, under Healthcare Reform, Medical Planning, Patient Advocacy

Staying engaged in your healthcare is hard But we all know it's necessary. Different demographics reflect various levels of engagement in staying active in their care. One thing we're all told, though, is that at minimum we should be having a... 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 »