Walk more = live longer, doctors & end of life, liquid meal replacements, and top-rated senior housing communities

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Seniors who walk more live longer.

Most doctors wouldn’t want heroic measures at the end of life.

Liquid meal replacements can’t replace the real thing.

SeniorAdvisor.com has released its list of top-rated senior housing communities.

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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Q&A: Medical Recalls

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I spoke with Mario Trucillo from the American Recall Center about recalls in medical devices and medication:

How often to drugs or medical devices get recalled?

Drugs and medical devices are continually being evaluated and reevaluated by the FDA. The pace can actually be quite hectic, making it difficult to stay on top of the possible side effects of a drug/device you could be using. That was the main thought behind The American Recall Center; making this incredibly important recall information easily available.

What are the typical reasons for recall? Is it common for a consumer to be seriously harmed by a defective product?

Recalls are issued when a safety issue becomes apparent. Sometimes drugs and devices may initially pass all the FDA requirements, with signs of hazardous safety issues not showing up until the drug or device becomes widespread throughout the medical community. For example, certain hip replacements had signs of danger that weren’t present until they were used across the country.

What are some current recalls that my readers should know about?

It’s difficult to put precedence of one recall over another. Instead, it’s incredibly important as the patient to know every type of drug or medical device we are using and what the potential side effect could be. If you take a certain prescription or have had a joint replacement, call your doctor and find out all the details so you can stay up-to-date on your wellbeing.

What can consumers do to protect themselves from defective medical products in the future?

Having the information about your medications and medical devices is the first step if you’re already receiving care. If your doctor is recommending something new, start by asking questions. Find out all the possible side effects and known complications. It is up to the patient to feel confident in their doctor and the treatments they recommend, so always be as inquisitive as possible. Lastly, stay up to date with The American Recall Center. Our site aims to be an awareness hub to keep the patient informed and educated on the role these drugs and medical devices can have on their everyday lives.

Tips for doctor’s appointments, a 76-foot chair lift, a memoir about dementia and STD’s in retirement communities

Doctor or Nurse Explaining Prescription Medicine to Attentive Senior Couple.

Six tips for taking control of your doctor’s appointment.

Accessible Design, a home remodeling company, installed a 76-foot outdoor chair lift for a couple who had trouble getting down the hill of their steep driveway.

There’s a new memoir out written by a daughter as her mother battled dementia.

Seniors aren’t immune from sexually-transmitted diseases.

Vaccination questions, alternative medicine, Alzheimer’s and Boomers aren’t healthy

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Your vaccine questions answered.

If you’re using alternative medicine, it’s a good idea to let your doctor know.

We could soon have an Alzheimer’s epidemic on our hands.

Baby Boomers aren’t very healthy (they’re heavier and less active than the prior generation).

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Age & creativity, getting the best care, and nursing home mistakes

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Your brain changes as you age; you might get more creative as a result!

How to get the best care from your physician.

An 87-year old nursing home resident got left in an elevator for over 24 hours during the Christmas holidays.

Not all Florida nursing homes are doing a great job for their patients.

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Getting more care for less, long-term care policies, colonoscopies, and hospice

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Advice for penny-pinchers: How to get the most medical care for your buck.

The cost of long term care insurance policies is going up!

A Boomer gets a colonoscopy.

Hospice is apparently very difficult to get into nowadays.

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