Painting at 98, moving to the suburbs, futile ICU care, and dropping dementia rates

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A 98 year old man has created a painting using Microsoft Paint.

A 66-year-old makes a proactive move into the city from the suburbs.

Over 10% of ICU patients receive care that doctors think is futile.

Best news I’ve heard all week: Dementia rates are dropping.

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Cheerleaders, interning at 60, seniors who don’t have family, and stress linked to dementia

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It’s never too late to be a cheerleader!

Interning at 60 is the “new” career choice.

Seniors who don’t have close family members face difficulty when hospitalized.

Stress is linked to dementia.

Cheerleaders” © 2010 Ralph Hockens, Attribution 3.0 Generic http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Hospital tips, seniors & therapy, unhealthy old age, and long term care costs

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Tips for staying healthy in hospitals.

Older adults can benefit from therapy just as much as young people.

Do Boomers have to “save themselves” from unhealthy old age?

Americans are in denial about long term care costs.

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Hospitals & older patients, long term care costs, health care workers, and reputable senior professionals

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Hospitals don’t always provide the best care to older patients.

Long term care costs have increased in some parts of the country.

There aren’t enough home care workers in the United States.

Not all senior housing professionals are alike; a watchdog group is going after less-than-reputable designations.

36/365: The Doctor Will See You Now” © 2009 Sweet Carolina Photography, Attribution 3.0 Generic http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Caregivers & discrimination, top nonprofit retirement communities, hospice & palliative care, and improving your hospital stay

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The AARP says that family caregivers need workplace protections to avoid discrimination.

Ziegler and LeadingAge just released the list of the top 100 nonprofit senior living providers. The largest company has almost 19,000 apartments!

The difference between hospice and palliative care in a nutshell.

If you’re about to be in the hospital for a long time, here are some tips to help improve your stay.

Photo courtesy of Banalities on Flickr.

 

Surgery, high-tech exercise, hospital visits, nursing home beds, and Alzheimer’s myths

Surgery is riskier for the elderly and doesn’t always improve the quality of life.

Take your workout to the next level; high-tech workout equipment can help the mind and the body.

Tips for hospital visits: bring your own pillow, request the highest floor, and bring a list of questions. See the article for more tips.

Something I didn’t know: It’s harder to find a nursing home bed for a man than for a woman. Why?  Because there are fewer men in nursing homes, thus fewer semiprivate rooms dedicated to them.

Here’s a great blog for Alzheimer’s caregivers: The Alzheimer’s Reading Room. Bonus: Dispelling Alzheimer’s myths.

Being thin, cancer, Medicaid cuts, ER bills, and Medicare savings

Is it better to be thin or fit?  Apparently both, however, being fit comes first.

Breast cancer and radiation: a new study shows that traditional radiation (compared to “faster” treatment), might be better. (Bonus link: Breast cancer screening may do more harm than good.)

Florida is cutting Medicaid, but the Obama administration is fighting back.  The current plan calls for cuts to hospital reimbursements.

What happens if an ER doctor bills you for what insurance doesn’t pay?  The video gives tips for negotiating charges.

According to USA today, Medicare recipients saved over $1.5 billion last year due to the health reform closure of the Medicare “doughnut hole.”

Picking a doctor, decoding your bill, caring for your parents, pap smears, and Medicare changes

Looking for a doctor for your aging parent?  The most interesting points: listening skills, reachability, thorough checkups and big-picture explanations.

Decoding your hospital bill: how insurance requirements change the way doctors document the visit.

The problem of caring from your parents: by the time you’re getting better at it, you no longer need to do it.

Don’t want any more pap smears?  A new study says that women over 65 don’t benefit very much from the test.

Medicare is making it less profitable for hospitals to offer heart and knee/hip procedures.  How will that impact you? Be ready for a wait period before being “cleared” for surgery.  (Bonus: Dr. Wes of getbetterhealth.com calls it rationing.)