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Ambulance and Emergency Room

Don't assume the ER knows best.

You'd think a hospital would be very good at being very careful. Maybe so -- but not necessarily when Boomers and Seniors visit the Emergency Room (ER).

In fact, it is common for older patients to receive potentially inappropriate medications when treated in an emergency room or clinic.

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Strategies for taking away the keys when mom or dad should no longer drive.

Automobiles transcend other possessions. They are part of our identity, almost like a member of the family. After a lifetime of mobility, the prospect of losing that aspect of independence can be seriously frightening. But, what do you do when your parent is no longer safe on the road? Here are some suggestions.

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A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s has more than just medical implications — there are financial issues, too.

An estimated 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's disease; this number is expected to double by the year 2050 as the elderly segment of our population grows. Not only does the disease have a significant emotional impact on individuals and their families, it also causes severe family financial burden and places considerable demands on the greater public health system. 

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Julie Christie

Two movies give us revealing looks at Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

"Away From Her" stars Julie Christie and Olympia Dukakis.

"The Savages" stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Laura Linney.

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Adult incontinence is common, yet it can be a difficult subject to discuss with family, friends, and even physicians.

Adult incontinence is much more prevalent in the United States than you might think. According to the National Association of Continence (NAFC, 2006), approximately 25 million adults in this country have experienced incontinence at some point in their lives. In fact, this number may be higher as most adults, especially men, won't admit or are embarrassed to discuss this condition with their healthcare provider, family, or friends. And 75-80 percent of those suffering incontinence are women.

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Protect your Brain

You can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Here are 5 places to start living a brain-healthy lifestyle.

An estimated 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's disease; this number is expected to double by the year 2050 as the elderly segment of our population grows. Specifically, as Baby Boomers age, the incidence of Alzheimer's disease will proliferate. This article is directed at you, the Baby Boomer.

Also, you can use these tips to reduce your parents' risk of Alzheimer's and dementia. Since many of the tips in this article focus on staying active and connected, suggested activities are great for you and your parents to do together.

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Senior driver, police motorcycle

Are you worried about an older family member who's still driving?

When you see an older person behind the wheel, what is your reaction? Are you happy they can still get around? Or concerned for them and everyone else on the road? It’s a big question. For example, there are more than 5.5 million drivers over the age of 55 in California, and more than 2.5 million are 70 or older.

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Here are the facts about how hospice and palliative care can give your family help and hope when they need it most.

Hospice and palliative care services focus on meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of a person with advanced illness, and also provide support for the patient's loved ones. Care can be provided wherever the patient resides, including the person's home, residential or skilled nursing facility, or assisted living environment.
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Young people need to understand dementia and share their feelings about it. These tips will help the entire family.

Alzheimer's disease can have a big impact on every member of the family, including children. Each child reacts differently to someone who has Alzheimer's. The young people in your life might have questions about what is happening. It's important for you to take the time to answer these questions openly and honestly.

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Meeting

During the care plan meeting at your loved one's skilled nursing or other care facility, make sure your voice is heard.

When you have a loved one in a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility, you'll often be asked to participate in a "care plan conference," or a "quarterly care conference." Unfortunately, family members usually go to this meeting with little understanding of what a care plan document should provide, or what the goals of an effective care plan conference should be. This article helps you be prepared.

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