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Avoiding Hospital Readmission: Understanding The Care Plan

Just before you are discharged from the hospital, your doctors will visit you to go over your plan of care.  It’s important to make sure you understand your care plan before you leave the hospital, but it can be very confusing when you are just starting to recover from an illness.  It always helps to have a…

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Avoiding Hospital Readmission: Polypharmacy

Polypharmacy refers to the effects of taking multiple medications for coexisting health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension.  Often this is a necessary part of healthcare as you age, but nearly 50% of older adults take medications that are not medically necessary.  This creates unnecessary healthcare costs as well as preventable hospitalization from dangerous medication interactions.  It is…

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Preparing for Hospital Discharge

Being discharged from the hospital is a stressful time for both patients and families.  It can be hard to know what to expect and what questions you need to ask your doctors.  Having a plan for hospital discharge is important for making a smooth transition back home and can help provide order in a chaotic…

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On the Move: Keeping Seniors Mobile in Winter

Strolling on a walk while fluffy snowflakes fall can be one of winter’s most serene and calming little pleasures. But when snow combines with the other elements of ice and wind to form a wintry mix, what was a pleasant moment in nature can quickly turn into a slippery, treacherous outing. Though roads and sidewalks…

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Common Issues that Seniors Face

As we age, various disorders can affect how well our brains function. Dementia is one of the most common brain disorders that seniors experience. Certain health conditions can cause dementia. For example, chronic high blood pressure, previous stroke or blood vessel disease can lead to vascular dementia. Causes of Dementia Many times, dementia is not…

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