It’s not easy to remember how each new drug prescribed for a patient interacts with other drugs they’re already taking. Many drugs prescribed for elderly patients can cause problems when over-the-counter medicines are introduced.
My newly updated “Drugs and the Elderly Cheat Sheet” is designed to help professionals keep track of the potentially dangerous affects of combining commonly-used drugs. It also provides possible symptoms that could reveal important information a patient might not think to share.
FREE Evaluation Tools to Determine What’s Best For Your Entire Family
Most people prefer aging in place. But, if an elderly person scores too high on an Elder Care Needs Evaluation, caregivers should reconsider how safe it is for their loved one to live at home.
Accidents can quickly transform a person’s ability to function, so it’s best to proactively manage your loved one’s living situation. Finding the right home for your loved one as his or her functioning diminishes is crucial to maintaining the highest quality of life.
If your family prefers to keep a loved one at home where they are most comfortable and familiar with the environment, families must recognize that despite the obvious benefits, there are also many added responsibilities.
To keep an elderly parent safe at home, a caregiver must be knowledgeable about their family member’s health history, chronic diseases, related risk factors and medication regimes. It may also become necessary to alter the living space to better fit a loved one’s evolving needs, and to be extra attentive to any changes in functionality.
We offer two FREE assessments for families and their aging loved ones in our Lifespan Care Management report. These evaluation tools are useful in determining the most appropriate level of care for an aging loved one’s needs.
- Elder Care Needs Evaluation is a screening tool designed to determine the best living arrangements.
- The Aging Crisis Questionnaire is a self-assessment that helps families understand the kinds of problems they should anticipate and prepare for.
Use these FREE tools to find out if your family or your loved one needs additional support. Afterwards, you’ll be better able to determine the level of care that appropriately fits your needs today.
The FREE Lifespan Care Management report also outlines various care agencies available to the elderly depending on their ability to function and unique needs.
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According to the World Health Organization, depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. For decades, drugs like Celexa, Paxil and Prozac have been the go-to treatment. Evidence shows that up to half of the people taking antidepressants don’t benefit much and sometimes not at all, and that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) should be the first line of defense.
Antidepressants can lead to a daunting list of side effects that range from dizziness and diarrhea to thoughts of suicide — all of which could be avoided or delayed. Read the full Consumer Reports article for tips about dealing with depression without meds.
Insurance Companies Do It, You Can Too
Twenty percent of working-age adults with insurance say they’re struggling with medical bills. Whether it’s because of a high deductible, an out-of-network charge or an uncovered procedure, you can take steps to bring down the price you pay. Consumer Reports offers these 5 tips for renegotiating with healthcare providers.
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Researchers Now Know Timing Is Everything
After decades of study, researchers have refined the process for using electrodes implanted in the brain to stimulate memory. This pacemaker for the brain holds tremendous promise for dementia patients, people with head injuries or other conditions. The Pentagon’s Defense Advance Research Project Agency, which has spent $77 million to advance cognitive stimulation, views this latest study a great breakthrough.
Read the full New York Times article.