Aging

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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October 2, 2018

Signs that It’s Time for a Skilled Nursing or Assisted Living Facility

By Ava Emory, Eckerd Living Center On admission, we often hear the story of the event that made it clear that it was time to transition someone’s mother, father or spouse to a nursing home. Some signs include missing medication or taking them too often, leaving the water or stove on, frequent falls, getting lost […]

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September 7, 2018

What Keeps Us from Getting the Care We Need? Social Determinants of Health

By Gabriel Cade, MD If I see you in the emergency department and end up sending you home it means that I think you’re going to live through your recent illness or injury. But that might not mean that you’re all of a sudden completely “healthy,” right? You’ve still got to take care of yourself. […]

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August 29, 2018

Live Your Best Quality of Life: Choosing Hospice Early Improves Life for Most People

By Mike Parmer, DO, Medical Director As the Medical Director for postacute and palliative care services at CarePartners Hospice, the most common responses I hear from patients and families when I bring up the topic of hospice care is “Not yet” or “I am not ready for that.” This is a barrier to the best […]

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