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How to Respond to Ebola and Other Health Threats

October 28, 2014
Senior Health Flu

How Serious are This Year’s Seasonal Illnesses? The Ebola virus is the current headline-making illness, with the terms “epidemic” and “panic” appearing over and over on the evening news. We feel like we have been down this road before, when the swine flu and mad cow disease were the diseases everyone was afraid of. Should we be taking special measures to protect ourselves and our senior loved ones from Ebola, or can we assume that we are safe? While we seek a balanced, prudent approach to this mysterious new threat, doctors want to make sure that we don’t fail to... View Article

Go, Team! Seniors and Sports

October 21, 2014
Elderly Sports Fans

More Seniors than You Think are Sports Fans When you imagine the typical Angels or Dodgers fan, you might not think of the elderly. But with a California team in the World Series again this year, sports fans of all ages will be tuning in to watch, discussing the games the following day, and rooting for a Giants victory. Although most seniors don’t feel comfortable actually participating in athletic events like sports, they can still have a great time keeping up with their favorite teams. Even if your senior loved one has never gotten into sports, she may just find... View Article

More Seniors Have Difficulty Figuring Out How to Make Ends Meet

October 14, 2014
Low Retirement Income

Nationwide, Seniors’ Income is Below Recommended Levels If you feel that your senior family member’s income from retirement savings, Social Security, pension, and investments is slightly below the level you’re comfortable with, you are not alone! Retired people across the country are facing retirement income shortages compared to the current cost of living, according to an annual survey. There are quite a few different factors affecting this situation, including rising fuel/food costs, an increase in the income of many working people, and high costs for services and products that seniors need. How a “Comfortable Income” is Calculated It’s impossible to... View Article

How to Make Sure a Hospital Stay is Paid For

October 7, 2014
Hospital Medicare Coverage

Senior Hospital Visits Aren’t Always Covered Under Medicare An elderly person has a health scare and his family takes him to the hospital. After a few tests, the doctor states that the patient needs to spend a few days in the hospital. He stays for a few days, receiving the typical care and treatment, and the doctor discharges him when he believes he can safely return home. So far, so good, but a few days later a surprising piece of mail arrives: it’s a bill for the hospital stay, including the drugs that were administered by hospital staff. Surely there... View Article

How to Respond to “Senior Moments”

September 29, 2014
Senior Moments Dementia

Memory Lapses May or May Not Predict Dementia No one is a bit surprised when a dear elderly relative forgets where she left her reading glasses. It’s perfectly understandable when a senior can’t recall the name of a distant relative who lives in another town at a family holiday gathering. There are other times, however, when a memory lapse sends up red flags in the minds of family members—having a hard time saying the name of a son or daughter, for example, or repeating a story that was told just a few minutes ago. We don’t want to overreact in... View Article

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