Finishing school at 99, home care agencies, Parkinson’s patients & spoons, and brain exercises

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It’s never to late to finish school.

California is taking steps to regulate its home care agencies.

There’s a new spoon for Parkinson’s patients.

Brain exercises are effective ways of improving memory and concentration.

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Biking & Parkinson’s, fighting parents, long term care plans, and hiring the right movers

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Biking has been shown to improve symptoms of Parkinson’s.

When your elderly parents fight: Is it a sign of a normal marriage or that something is wrong?

More than half of Americans aged 45-54 don’t have any long term care plans

Hiring the right movers can make all the difference when downsizing to senior housing.

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Moving closer to your parents, Lewy body dementia, advance directives, and saving enough

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Many adult children move to be closer to their aging parents.

Lewy body dementia is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, but knowing the diagnosis can help you decide on better treatment. 

Even if you have an advance directive, you might not feel like following it when the time comes.

What unexpected retirement expenses await you?  A retiree wonders if he has saved enough to cover the unknown.

Photo courtesy of Robert S. Donovan on Flickr.

Keeping Parkinson’s a secret, curing Alzheimer’s, a documentary about CCRC’s, and the cost of nursing homes

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Living in secret with Parkinson’s: people sometimes keep the disease a secret for years, only telling their friends and family when they can’t keep the secret any longer.

We’re one step closer to a cure for Alzheimer’s.

There’s a new documentary out about retirement communities.  It looks really interesting!

A private room at a nursing home costs about $222 a day.

Photo courtesy of jenny downing on Flickr.

Men & cancer, exercise is the cure, early retirees, dead doctors, and MRI scans

Most obvious study of the week: Even though they get cancer it more often, men don’t like to get tested for cancer.

The single best thing that you can do for your health: exercise.  This is a great video that summarizes the issue in a fun way.

The early retiree fund, which was designed to help early retirees fund health care costs before they reach Medicare age, has run out of money.  It will stop taking claims after December 31.

How doctors die.  This is a must-read piece about how physicians make end-of-life decisions when they’re given the choice.  Here’s a similar discussion by the recently deceased Christopher Hitchens about the phrase “What doesn’t kill you makes your stronger.”

MRI scans are getting better at predicting brain declines in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients.

Parkinson’s and the brain, hospital safety, assisted living closures, and federal budget cuts

Parkinson’s research is teaching us about the brain.  Hint: Exercise helps mitigate symptoms. (Hat tip: Simoleon Sense)

Dallas hospitals aren’t as safe as they’d like to admit.  According to the Dallas morning news, Parkland Hospital is one of the worst offenders. Here’s even more on the Medicare patient safety data.

Even more bad news: Buckner Retirement Village in Dallas is closing due to lack of fire sprinklers.  

Cuts in federal funds could impact health care services.  Among those on the chopping block: Medicare and Medicaid, public health programs, HIV patient care, research funding, and disease prevention.