Senior Health

Preventing Bedsores

If your loved one has become bedridden due to illness or infirmity, it is important to take steps to prevent bedsores, also known as “pressure ulcers,” which are areas of broken skin caused by the pressure of lying in one spot too long without moving. Bedsores themselves cause pain, but worse than that, if left …

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For Alzheimer's Patients, Researchers Discover BINGO!

BINGO is a fun activity for many people, but especially those in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Now, researchers have discovered that BINGO has benefits that go way beyond passing the time: Bingo seems to boost thinking and playing skills, especially among people with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. According to an article on …

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Exercise Can Save Your Brain!

Alzheimer’s disease makes just about everyone’s short list of aging fears. The disorder robs individuals of their memories…their sense of self…their connection to friends and family. It’s hard on everyone who has to watch their loved one disappear before their eyes. Now, scientific research published in The Archives of Neurology offers a small—but statistically significant—ray …

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Suspicious Elder Deaths Rarely Investigated

True or false: All suspicious deaths are investigated so that justice can be done if foul play is discovered. Answer: It depends on how old you are. According to an article on the website ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative newsroom, and PBS’s Frontline, if a senior citizen died under suspicious circumstances, there’s no guarantee that anyone …

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Judge Halts Change to Medicaid

Good news for disabled and elderly people who require personal care services:  A federal judge has stopped North Carolina from ending services for some Medicaid recipients who receive in-home care. According to an article in the News & Observer, the state Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) had recently increased eligibility requirement for personal …

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