Growth and Lessons Learned from Being My Wife’s Caregiver

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  While my wife Rebecca lay in her hospital bed, the sterile feel of the hospital room and the alarms from her ventilator had become all too familiar. The shock had worn off from New Year’s Eve when they placed her in a chemically induced coma due to respiratory failure from cystic fibrosis. I would sit […]

Come Into My Room and Sit With Me – a poem by Peggy Raulie

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Peggy wrote this poem some years ago when she realized that visitors to loved-ones in various stages of decline did not really know what to talk about with them. Lots of people lose touch with their friends or family when they become ill or infirmed. mostly because they just don’t know what to say. Come […]

6 Things to Avoid When Caring for a Person with Dementia

Caring for a Person with Dementia

As we age, various health related issues begin to surface. Diseases related to memory loss are becoming increasingly more common and often develop in older adults. Dementia is a common chronic disease that strikes the older population mostly but is not limited to them. It can sometimes also develop in young people – in rare cases, […]

7 Tips to Help When Caring For a Loved One With Afib

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One of the conditions my father suffered with was atrial fibrillation or AFib.  He was on several medications for this condition, as well as having a pacemaker and implanted cardioverter defibrillator, which could be very scary at times. CARING FOR A LOVED ONE WITH AFIB Taking care of someone you love is an important job, but […]

Things I Have Learned While Cleaning Out Mom’s House

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Editor’s note: This was originally a Facebook post by my friend, Lisa Williamson Long. Her mother recently passed away and as usually happens after the loss of a loved one, she has been going through belongings.  Lisa’s sister, Kerry, was my best friend from 4th grade to the beginning of high school, so I knew […]

Empowering Patients to Understand Their Health

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Editors Note: This is a guest post by one of the founders of MedNexus. I wanted to share this new resource because there is so much incorrect information on the internet. This resource curates the best and most accurate articles so that the information presented to you when you search is much more reliable than […]

Life Settlements – A Powerful Tool for Caregivers

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  Caring for an aging loved one can be challenging at times. As an adult child and caregiver, some of the difficulties we encounter daily include having less time for other family members and yourself, balancing work and caregiving, and dealing with significant physical and mental stress. With so many emotional and physical challenges that […]

Don’t Give Up On Healthy Living – It’s Possible at Any Age!

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  The following article was written by my colleague, Dr. Daisy Sutherland. She is a chiropractor and an advocate for a healthy and wholistic lifestyle.  What is amazing about her is her recent transformation. At the age of 50, she was surprised to see herself so out of shape and set out to do something […]

Senior Citizens: 5 Reasons Moving into a Retirement Home is Better for Overall Health

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Today’s retirees are living longer and better lives than at any time in the history of mankind, and retirement residences reflect this trend. However, this lifestyle often falls short of its promises. Following are five reasons why moving into a retirement residence is better for the overall health and happiness of most senior citizens.   […]

Concerned about Recent Health Record Breaches? What the Future Holds for the Safety of Our Health Information

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A study done by researchers at the Stanford University found that between the years of 2010 in 2013, more than 29 million healthcare records were potentially misused and exposed to criminals. While some of the theft of healthcare records was the result of hacking, the study found that a good portion of the theft was […]

Five Important Things to Know About In-Home Care for Your Aging Parent

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Consistent attention to health needs is a main concern with aging relatives. Extra care is needed when 24 hour care is not applicable at the hands of the family. This is where in-home care becomes an option. Professional care is usually the only way to ensure consistent health and attention. Researching and learning about in-home […]

Bridging the Gap: How to Help Your Aging Parents Who Aren’t Ready for a Nursing Home Yet

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  The first of the baby boomers reached retirement age in 2011 and according to the AARP, an average of 9,000 boomers join these ranks daily. As many grown children know, transitioning your parent into a nursing home or assisted living is never without its difficulties. Possibly the most difficult situation is when the parent […]

Top 6 Reasons to Utilize a Medical Alert System in Your Home

Are you considering a medical alert system (also known as PERS devices, as in personal emergency response systems) in your home or the home of a loved one? If so, you may be on the fence about whether one is truly necessary.  It’s a fact that a medical alert system may need to be added […]

Superfoods for Super Seniors: Tasty Nutrition for Your Golden Years

      Image Courtesy of Shutterstock.com   Without the right tools, eating healthy can be a challenge. At the end of an arduous day, the last thing on your mind is often getting adequate nutrition.  If you’re a person who privileges convenience over healthy eating, I’ve got some fantastic news for you: superfoods make […]

Five New Medical Innovations to Keep an Eye On in 2015

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  We live in an age of highly advanced technology, and are presented each day with a new concept, gadget, or technical innovation that is about to rock the world. However, technology isn’t just about having the nicest smartphones or voice activated homes—the medical community has many new innovations to anticipate in 2015. As technology […]

Are Aging Loved Ones Getting Needs Met?

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The reason older adults move to a residential care facility or another form of senior housing is to reduce unmet needs and the feelings of isolation that one experiences at home. Another reason for a move is to alleviate another family member’s stress and concern for their safety when living alone. In a recent article […]

Helping Parents Sail Upwind

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The following is a guest post by Margit Novack of Moving Solutions In sailing, the technique used to move upwind (or against the wind) is called “tacking.” Although tacking is actually a combination of vector mathematics and boat design, to most of us, it refers to the concept of making forward progress by zigzagging rather […]

Six Awesome Ways that Technology is Making Medical Procedures Less Invasive

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Technology is changing our lives almost daily, and one field that has profited greatly from the use of technology is the medical industry. As technology advances, medical equipment specialists and doctors are discovering ways to make procedures and treatments less invasive, painful, and traumatizing for patients. Read on to learn about some of the awesome […]