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New Compound May Help Doctors Spot Alzheimer’s Disease

From today’s Christian Post

A new imaging compound may help doctors in the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease carries symptoms similar to other conditions, which results in missed or inaccurate diagnosis of the disease. Early, accurate detection can help patients and their families plan for the effect this progressive, degenerative, brain disease will have on their loved ones. (more…)

DOCTORS ARE OPTING OUT OF MEDICARE

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This article was wriiten by Julie Connelly in the April 2, 2009 edition of The New York Times –

DOCTORS ARE OPTING OUT OF MEDICARE

EARLY this year, Barbara Plumb, a freelance editor and writer in New York who is on Medicare, received a disturbing letter. Her gynecologist informed her that she was opting out of Medicare. When Ms. Plumb asked her primary-care doctor to recommend another gynecologist who took Medicare, the doctor responded that she didn’t know any — and that if Ms. Plumb found one she liked, could she call and tell her the name? (more…)

REMINDER TO SMOKERS: YOUR LUNGS ARE AGING

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I found this article in the New York Times. My mother died of COPD, better known as emphysema. Upon reading this article I naturally wondered if my mother would have stopped smoking had she been told earlier in her life that smoking was aging her lungs prematurely. Having my mother die of COPD caused me to be an advocate in support of any assistance which helps an individual stop smoking. As we get older, our lungs are aging normally and the cigarette smoking speeds up the aging of the lungs. Why cut our lives short? No one deserves to die of COPD and certainly no family deserves to watch their loved one die of any type of lung disease.

New York Times

Reminder to Smokers: Your Lungs Are Aging
By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

A simple discussion of lung capacity appears to double the rate patients follow a doctor’s advice to quit smoking. (more…)

Sensors Help Keep the Elderly Safe, and at Home

Increasingly, many older people who live alone are not truly alone. They are being watched by a flurry of new technologies designed to enable them to live independently and avoid expensive trips to the emergency room or nursing homes.

Bertha Branch, 78, discovered the power of a system called eNeighbor when she fell to the floor of her Philadelphia apartment late one night without her emergency alert pendant and could not phone for help.

A wireless sensor under Ms. Branch’s bed detected that she had gotten up. Motion detectors in her bedroom and bathroom registered that she had not left the area in her usual pattern and relayed that information to a central monitoring system, prompting a call to her telephone to ask if she was all right. When she did not answer, that incited more calls — to a neighbor, to the building manager and finally to 911, which dispatched firefighters to break through her door. She had been on the floor less than an hour when they arrived. (more…)

Secrets to Living Longer – The Blue Zones

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Oprah Winfrey had the most fascinating show on today. She had a guest, Dan Buettner, who has written a book entitled, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest”. The blue zones are different areas around the world where people are living the longest, healthiest lives. The author interviews people in the blue zones and then shares what they are doing to find joy in aging. The picture of the wine glass above should be one clue as to what others are doing to live longer! Here is a list of 9 behaviors Dan believes will help us grow into some of the best years of our lives: (more…)

Using Testosterone Therapy to Combat Aging in Older Men

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This brief report, which originally aired on KOAT in Albuquerque, talks about the results of a study conducted in the Netherlands related to the use of testosterone to slow or reverse the signs of aging in older men.

Technology: Helping Seniors Stay Home Longer

Technology: Helping Seniors Stay Home Longer As the baby boomer generation ages and the amount of healthcare workers to take care of them decreases, experts are looking for solutions. The fine folks over at Carnegie Mellon University have adopted the attitude “Well if we can’t find elderly care workers, we’ll build them!” And that’s exactly what their research team did. Introducing Flo: a personal robotic assistant for the elderly, or Nursebot. The project was tested in a Pittsburgh nursing home, where Flo would help guide people around and would remind them when it was time to eat or when it was appropriate to take their medications. The goal is to have Flo at home, providing assistance for people whose chronic disorders prevent them from living normal lives. (more…)

IT’S TIME TO DECIDE ON YOUR MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION PLAN

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Well it’s that time of the year to decide which insurer has the best deal for you for prescription drug coverage. Anyone who is currently enrolled in Medicare and fails to make a new choice by Dec. 31, 2008 will automatically be enrolled in their current plan, which may not be the best fit. These prescription drug policies are known as Medicare Part D. There is also one other kind of coverage, called Medicare Advantage, which may also cover drugs. Enrollment for Medicare Part D or Medicare Advantage is from November 15, 2008 through December 31, 2008. If you want to switch your Advantage plan you may do so from January 1, 2009 through March 31, 2009. The best way to understand this complex system is to go to:

http://www.medicare.gov/

The government has done a great job of documenting what Medicare is all about and even offers an online tool to help you decide which plan is right for you. Plans are rated online based on the number of customer complaints, all of which you can see. Yes, this may take you a few hours to read through but it is well worth the time. Bookmark this site and refer back to it as often as is necessary. This site is updated continually.

Once Just an Aging Sign, Falls Merit Complex Care

Katherine Aliminosa, 93, who broke her leg in a fall in April, has regained strength and limited mobility, as well as optimism (Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times

Katherine Aliminosa, 93, who broke her leg in a fall in April, has regained strength and limited mobility, as well as optimism (Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times

 

This article originally appeared in the NY Times, Sunday, Novermber 7, 2008. The author is John Leland.

MEDFORD, N.J. — Katherine Aliminosa, 93, shattered her lower leg while getting snacks for her nieces.

Susan Arnold, 87, broke her hip hanging a photograph.

In mid-July, in a nursing unit of a retirement community here, the two women were at the start of a recovery process that both hoped would return them to their previous lives.

Their progress over the next few months, and their divergent outcomes, illustrate the unpredictable impact that common falls can have on the bodies of older people. (more…)

A NEW PROGRAM TO HELP SENIORS, PART I

It’s been a while since I have blogged. I thought I would break myself back in slowly by sharing a video instead of writing. This program for seniors is needed. I hope you take the time to watch this video and learn about the PACE program.