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Figuring Out How to Involve Patients in Their Health Diagnosis

September 23, 2014
Senior Patient Control

Should Patients Have More Control Over their Medical Care? Most of us stand in awe of our doctor. He peers into our ears, listens to our heartbeat, shines lights into our eyes, asks us a few questions, and somehow knows what is going on inside our body. We watch him do all this with the anxiousness of someone watching a mechanic check out their car’s engine, a machine that is a complete mystery to its owner. When the doctor hands us his diagnosis and a prescription, it barely crosses our mind to question whether he’s positive he has come up... View Article

How to Protect Seniors from Dangerous Prescriptions

September 16, 2014
Elderly Prescription Abuse

Senior Drug Misuse Problems Often Go Unnoticed Almost every one of us has a senior in our lives who probably would not be alive if not for prescription drugs. From cholesterol control to blood pressure regulation, medications are able to help with many of the most serious health threats that face the elderly. But any force as powerful as that has a number of hidden dangers, and tragically some of those dangers have remained hidden for years. Some experts in the medical field are now publicizing their concerns that prescription misuse is actually hurting seniors to a greater degree than... View Article

Enlisting Lawyers: How to Help Prevent Financial Abuse

September 9, 2014
Lawyers Financial Abuse

New Effort Aims to Fight Elder Abuse There are lots of things that seniors and their families can do to make it harder for scammers, thieves, and crime rings to steal money from them. As the first line of defense, family members need to step in when their elderly loved one begins to show signs of cognitive impairment, which leaves him vulnerable to fast-talking con men. But far more help is needed, according to experts in the field, and soon it may be on the way. A pair of senior advocacy groups are creating a program that would get lawyers... View Article

A Relaxing Massage Could Be Just the Thing

September 2, 2014
Elderly Massage Benefits

Massage Could Benefit Some Seniors in Various Health Areas Family caregivers often feel that a gentle, invigorating massage is just what the doctor ordered. The stress of shuttling children to and from school, getting meals on the table, and checking up on aging parents simply melts away when a skilled massage therapist goes to work. But have you ever thought of actually taking your senior loved one along for a massage of her own? Experts in the discipline advise that a treatment could have significant benefits in a number of different areas, not to mention the general “good feeling” and... View Article

Questions about Clarithromycin and Cardiac Trouble

August 26, 2014
Clarithromycin and Cardiac Death

Popular Antibiotic Linked to Heart Illness Risk Clarithromycin is one of the most popular antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. today, but a new study conducted in Denmark connects in with a fairly dramatic increase in cardiac death. More study is needed to better understand the link, but the findings follow a 2012 study that identified azithromycin, another antibiotic, as a heart disease risk factor. Even earlier, in 2004, erythromycin was in the spotlight as possibly raising heart disease risk. Here’s what you need to know about the new study if your senior loved one is at risk for heart disease.... View Article

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