Fueling Your Fat Fix: Forbidden Foods That Are Okay to Eat

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You may have been hearing for a while that fats should be back in our diets and on our plates. An overwhelming amount of research has confirmed that healthy fats contribute to overall good health. But this doesn’t give you permission to eat a steady diet of fast-food burgers and fries, or to use generous […]

How I Cracked the Case to Explain my Husband’s Hallucinations and Delusions

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When Mike and I met and married over 37 years ago, we were almost like the Brady Bunch times two. My five kids and his six daughters made for loud, but happy, family meals when we were all together. Like any family, we juggled the needs of our kids while working, me as a nurse, […]

Warning About Dementia Drug Aricept

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  Aricept, or Donepezil in its generic form, is a drug given to help with Alzheimer’s Disease and mild cognitive impairment. This post from Natural News discusses why it could have the exact opposite effect in some patients. Donepezil is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States […]

Caregivers: How to Maintain your Health Despite this Taxing Job

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  Being a caregiver has its rewards, but it can certainly take its toll on someone’s body and mind.   Between the mental and physical strains, caregivers report such issues as insomnia, poor eating habits, a failure to take care of their own physical health whether that means not getting enough regular exercise or not taking […]

Tips From a Physical Therapy Pro for Improving Your Balance at Home

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  Did you hear Marge fell and broke her hip? Well, that’s common place as 1/3 of people age 65 or older experience a hard fall due to loss of balance (nihseniorhealth.gov). These falls can and often lead to serious injury and death. Many factors can contribute to balance and proprioception problems. These factors include […]

3 Ways Seniors Can Save Money on Prescriptions in 2017

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    This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of #PartDatWalgreens. The opinions and text are all mine. When my father came to live with me, I was surprised at how well he researched Medicare and its different coverages. I accompanied him to meetings held by different insurance companies explaining to him […]

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 […]

Why You Should Reconsider Taking Prilosec for Your Heartburn Symptoms

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In February of this year, I read an article in The New York Times that caused me to gasp out loud: “Heartburn Drugs Tied to Dementia Risk”.  Oh my gosh, I have been taking Prilosec (omeprazole) for over ten years and believing that it is a very safe medication with very few complications! As you […]

Clinical Trials Go Digital – Blood Pressure Trial From the Comfort of Your Home

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Earlier this week, CureClick, for whom I am an advisory board member, introduced a new type of trial set called called Digital Trials. This type of trial is important because it takes away the geography challenges of so many of the other trials being conducted. Digital trials will potentially allow researchers to enroll more study […]

Fresh Perspectives from Aging Faces: A Positive Aging Video

I wanted to share this new inspirational video on aging created by Bay Alarm Medical. I am pleased to say that I was asked for and offered input on this beautiful video. There are so many pieces of wisdom in it. Enjoy!

Equadose.Split and Equadose.Grind – 2 Great New Products for Medication Management

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  I was recently introduced to two new products to help caregivers manage their loved one’s medication intake. Both of these products are the combined brain power of a registered nurse and an engineer. Both are of excellent quality being made out of aerospace-grade aluminum.  Both products were mailed to me so that I could […]

National Wear Red Day – Drawing Attention to Women and Heart Disease

Febraury 5th is National Wear Red Day sponsored by the American Heart Association. This movement challenges women to know their risk for heart disease and to take action to reduce thier risk of both heart disease and stroke. As caregivers, and as women in general, many of us are guilty of neglecting our health. Here’s […]

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 […]

Medicare Plans and Prescription Coverage: Do You Know How to Help Your Parent Choose?

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    We’re headed into the holidays and that means it’s also the annual election period for Medicare and Medicare prescription drug coverage. The Annual Election Period (AEP) is an annual open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug coverage that takes place from October 15 to December 7 every year. Unless you […]

Brain Health for Caregivers: Why I’m Adding a Supplement to My Daily Nutrition

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I am participating in a VIN campaign for Procera. I am receiving a fee for posting; however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own. I am in no way affiliated with Procera and do not earn a commission or percent of sales. #sharpmind #ad Does this happen to you? You get off the couch […]

28 Healthy Snacks for Caregivers

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6 Work-Life Balance Tips for Workers in Their Sixties (infographic)

I’ll be turning 60 this year and I don’t know about you but I have no plans to retire for at least another 10 years!  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by the year 2020, 55% of the workers will be over 55. That’s really quite remarkable. Although many will have children that are […]

Ethics and the Elderly: Treating the Aged With Respect and Dignity

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  Most people have seen someone they know and love grow old, and we know we must always remember to treat our elders with utmost respect. In the medical field, when seniors are often at their most vulnerable, reverence isn’t always easy to develop and display. However, doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals must […]