Aging

February 13, 2020

A Team of Your Own: Personalized Help Navigating End-of-life Concerns

By Deanna Thompson When patients are diagnosed with a terminal illness, they often feel lost and unsure of the road ahead. “The most important person of all is the patient,” said Jeffrey Tait, MD, the hospice and palliative care physician at CarePartners Hospice in McDowell County. “They are so individual in their needs, there is […]

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February 3, 2020

10 Reasons to Consider a Skilled Nursing Center for Dementia Care

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC “Our staff receive additional training in person-centered care,” said Ava Ammons, RN-BC, LHNA, administrator at Eckerd Living Center. “So we know how to deal with behaviors and de-escalate situations that could cause agitation or aggression resulting from an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.” A forgotten appointment. Lost car keys. Food burned on the […]

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January 28, 2020

Alzheimer’s Affects More than Memory: Separating Fact from Fiction

By Cheri Hinshelwood “Alzheimer’s interferes with how messages are sent and received, causing total chaos in the brain,” said Patti Wheeler, MD, family doctor at Mission Community Primary Care – Highlands. Common signs include no longer being able to balance your checkbook, having trouble solving problems or making decisions, or frequently getting lost. Let’s learn […]

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July 12, 2019

4 Ways to Keep Joints Healthy as You Age

Head, shoulders, knees and toes – knees and toes! Why don’t they sing about our joints – the cartilage between the bone that provides a “cushion” and allows the bones to glide over each other? What happens when this cushion wears away? It is not uncommon to have joint issues be the limiting factor for […]

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December 21, 2018

Is Your Home Fall Proof? How to Safeguard Your Home for the Holidays

Are you preparing your home to be cozy and festive for family and friends this holiday? As you’re tidying and decorating, keep in mind how you can help prevent falls and accidents in the house by modifying your home. Twelve million older adults fall every year and the number is rising – that’s more than […]

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December 19, 2018

What Goes In Must Come Out – How a Toxic Bladder Can Lead to Cancer over Time

By John Burns, MD As you head to the bathroom during your commercial break of “Christmas Vacation” this holiday, a little indulgence is okay, but try to avoid the smoke from Uncle Eddie’s cigar or the toxic lime Jell-O mold that Aunt Bethany brought. The point is that many of the things that we put […]

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October 26, 2018

How Physical Therapy Can Help Live a Pain-Free Life

By Caroline Lieberman, Physical Therapist Living pain-free is crucial to quality of life. The ability to move without pain can impact a person’s ability to participate in – and simply enjoy – everyday activities, earn a living and experience independence. People often associate pain management with medication treatment plans. Reliance on opioids has led to the […]

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October 16, 2018

How to Make Skilled Nursing Work for You and Your Loved Ones

By Ava Emory, Eckerd Living Center Our loved ones, like our parents or spouses, don’t always grant permission to be placed in a nursing home when the time comes. Except mine – my parents said, “When you can’t take care of me, put me in a nursing home – pick a good one! But put […]

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October 11, 2018

Need Help Choosing the Right Skilled Nursing Facility? Ask Around

By Ava Emory, Eckerd Living Center While tools like Nursing Home Compare, a website published by Medicare that ranks nursing homes by star level, is a great resource – it isn’t always comparing apples to apples. Standards of care vary across state lines – the 4-star facility in Georgia could be a 2-star facility in […]

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October 5, 2018

Living with Dignity to the End

CarePartners Hospice social workers support patients and their families when they need it most Compassion. There’s no better way to describe how social workers with CarePartners Hospice operate. Whether they’re helping a patient transition from home care to assisted living or aiding a family in making final arrangements, they do it with kindness and empathy. […]

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