March 2011 Posts

The Just in Time Caregiver

Most women will face the challenge of caring for their parents at some point in their lives, Securian survey indicates that women can do more to prepare themselves and their families for it -- financially, emotionally and in terms of time demands and where the care will be given.

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Tips for Avoiding Falls

Falls are the leading cause of death in people 75 and older, according to the National Safety Council, and nearly 90 percent of all hip fractures are from falls, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Harpists Reduce Stress in Hospitals

Amid the beeps and buzz of medical equipment and the whispers and sobs of patients and families, the angelic tones of the harp are rising above the din at more and more hospitals.

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Weight Gain and Stress

Researchers acknowledged that an individual may face many types of stress, such as job stress, caregiver stress, or the stress that follows major life events, such as divorce. Though their study didn't allow for this kind of analysis, the researchers suggest that the type of stress a person endures may impact how much that stress influences weight gain and eating patterns.

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Americans Worry about Long Term Care

Long-Term Care Insurance: A Piece of the Retirement & Estate Planning Puzzle, finds 71 percent of those surveyed are concerned about the possibility of needing extended care service. Yet, 63 percent do not have confidence in their ability to pay for this care.

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Technology Affects Sleep

Dependence on TV, mobile phones and laptops may be costing people dearly - in lack of sleep, writes Patricia Reaney. Watching television every evening before going to sleep, playing video games late into the night or checking emails and text messages before turning off the lights could be interfering with sleep habits. "Unfortunately, mobile phones and computers, which make our lives more productive and enjoyable, may be abused to the point that they hinder getting to sleep at night, leaving millions functioning poorly the next day," said Russell Rosenberg, the vice chairman of the Washington, US-based National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

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Support for Overburdened Caregivers

If someone you are close to is struggling with the responsibility of caring for an ailing loved one, the caregiver probably needs some looking after, too. The estimated 44 million Americans who provide primary care for sick or disabled loved ones face considerably increased risk for physical and mental health problems of their own.

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Readmissions Impact Quality of Life

In today's healthcare environment, as patients are being discharged from the hospital sicker and quicker than ever before, some patients are in and out of the hospital as if they are going through a revolving door.

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Readmission Reduction with Follow Up Care

After Medicare Advantage members are discharged from the hospital, the health plan's outreach staff and case managers implement interventions that are based on the member's level of risk for readmission. Members at low risk receive telephone calls. Based on the severity of their condition and their level of risk, other members would receive short-term telephonic case management or are enrolled in long-term complex case management.

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Seniors and Prescription Drug Safety

Older adults, especially, are at risk of taking medications improperly and experiencing harmful side effects and drug interactions because they are often taking several prescription and over-the-counter drugs at one time.

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