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10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator

April 30, 2013 Posted by Editor

The Eldercare Locator, a service of the Administration on Aging, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has issued a list of 10 Warning Signs Your Older Family Member May Need Help in the home. . . . → Read More: 10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator

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Kit to Help Parkinsons Patients Combat Hospital Dangers Issued by National Parkinson Foundation

April 20, 2013 Posted by Editor

HelpingYouCare® has received the following announcement from the National Parkinson Foundation: _____________ This Announcement is posted as a public service by HelpingYouCare®. _____________   More Information For more information on Parkinson’s Disease, see the HelpingYouCare® resource pages on Parkinson’s . . . → Read More: Kit to Help Parkinsons Patients Combat Hospital Dangers Issued by National Parkinson Foundation

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New Web Resource to Help Evaluate Medical Tests & Treatments – Their Benefits, Harms & Costs – Launched by American College of Physicians

January 17, 2013 Posted by Editor

The American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest specialist physicians organization in the U.S., announced on January 16 that it has launched a new “High Value Care website” “to help physicians and other health care professionals, medical students, and . . . → Read More: New Web Resource to Help Evaluate Medical Tests & Treatments – Their Benefits, Harms & Costs – Launched by American College of Physicians

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35 More Medical Conditions Fast-Tracked for Disability Benefits, Social Security Announces

December 10, 2012 Posted by Editor

The Social Security Administration (SSA) on December 6 issued a press release, announcing that it has added 35 medical conditions to its list of “Compassionate Allowances” – a list of serious diseases and medical conditions for which one is . . . → Read More: 35 More Medical Conditions Fast-Tracked for Disability Benefits, Social Security Announces

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CDC Launches Sortable Database of Health Stats by State and Region

December 3, 2012 Posted by Editor

The CDC has launched Sortable Stats 2.0 – a new online database of health indicators and behavioral risk factors that is sortable by state or region, by demographics, by health condition, and in various other ways. The interactive database, . . . → Read More: CDC Launches Sortable Database of Health Stats by State and Region

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Happy Thanksgiving to You from HelpingYouCare®

November 21, 2012 Posted by Editor

As we gather with family to give thanks for our Blessings this Thanksgiving, let us all remember in gratitude our senior loved ones and their family caregivers, and the love they give and sacrifice and many contributions they make . . . → Read More: Happy Thanksgiving to You from HelpingYouCare®

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US Govt Does More than Honor Veterans for Veterans Day

November 12, 2012 Posted by Editor

In observance of Veterans Day, Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, issued a Statement on Friday, in which she said, “This Veterans Day, we honor all those who have served in our nation’s armed forces and are . . . → Read More: US Govt Does More than Honor Veterans for Veterans Day

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Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

November 8, 2012 Posted by Editor

November has been designated as Long-Term Care Awareness Month. As part of this observance, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued a release yesterday, containing useful information on long-term care for seniors and their family caregivers. The . . . → Read More: Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

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Doctor Shortage: Which States Have the Fewest & Most Doctors Per 100,000 People?

October 23, 2012 Posted by Editor

A new survey conducted by the research firm 2/7 Wall St has identified the 10 U.S. States that have the fewest doctors per 100,000 people in the population, versus the 10 States that have the most doctors per 100,000 . . . → Read More: Doctor Shortage: Which States Have the Fewest & Most Doctors Per 100,000 People?

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TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

October 4, 2012 Posted by Editor

A new update on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website announces and provides information about a new Helpline called “TSA Cares” that will be provided by the TSA to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. According to . . . → Read More: TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

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New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

September 23, 2012 Posted by Editor

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced that $12.5 million in awards funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act will be made to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to help . . . → Read More: New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

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Do You or Your Senior Loved One Qualify for Veterans Health Care Benefits?

August 31, 2012 Posted by Editor

“If you served in the active military, naval, or air service and were honorably discharged or released, you may qualify for VA health care benefits, including hospital services,” according to an e-mail announcement issued August 30 from USA.gov, the . . . → Read More: Do You or Your Senior Loved One Qualify for Veterans Health Care Benefits?

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New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site

August 29, 2012 Posted by Editor

“Many older adults do not successfully make the transition home well and end up returning to the hospital. In fact, one in five Medicare patients are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after discharge,” according to a new . . . → Read More: New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site

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HUD Offers Tools to Find Affordable Housing for Seniors

August 11, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Friday, that it provides a number of finder tools and other resources to help find affordable housing for seniors and people with disabilities. Following is a copy of . . . → Read More: HUD Offers Tools to Find Affordable Housing for Seniors

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National Health Center Week, August 5-11, Highlights Health Care Available Regardless of Your Ability to Pay

July 30, 2012 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has declared August 5-11 as National Health Center Week, to recognize and highlight the crucial role that Community Health Centers play in maintaining the health of Americans. Federally-funded Community Health . . . → Read More: National Health Center Week, August 5-11, Highlights Health Care Available Regardless of Your Ability to Pay

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Medicare Announces Updated Hospital Compare & Nursing Home Compare Sites

July 21, 2012 Posted by Editor

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday that it has updated and re-designed its Hospital Compare and Nursing Home Compare websites, which provide tools and quality measures to help consumers find hospitals and Medicare-Certified nursing homes . . . → Read More: Medicare Announces Updated Hospital Compare & Nursing Home Compare Sites

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FDA Provides Resources for National Women’s Check-Up Day – May 14 – and National Women’s Health Week

May 13, 2012 Posted by Editor

May 14 is National Women’s Check-Up Day. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other federal agencies urge all women to have preventive health screenings and check-ups to care for . . . → Read More: FDA Provides Resources for National Women’s Check-Up Day – May 14 – and National Women’s Health Week

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You Can Negotiate Lower Prices for Health Care, New Reports Suggest

April 9, 2012 Posted by Editor

Several new reports have indicated that, facing rising healthcare costs and high-deductible health insurance or no insurance, patients and consumers are increasingly negotiating lower medical bills directly with their doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers. And, new resources . . . → Read More: You Can Negotiate Lower Prices for Health Care, New Reports Suggest

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How the Administration On Aging Works at the Federal Level

December 14, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Gregory Bator from GracefulAging interviews Kathy Greenlee, the Assistant Secretary of Aging, at the Chicago Aging In America Conference. She explains how America’s aging network works at the Federal level, giving money to States, which in turn gives money . . . → Read More: How the Administration On Aging Works at the Federal Level

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Assistance Dogs Provide Wonderful Help for Those with Limited Mobility

November 23, 2011 Posted by Editor

Assistance Dogs (sometimes called “Service Dogs”) provide remarkable help for those with limited mobility. In addition to the salutary love, bond, and companionship that the dogs provide, Assistance Dogs are trained to help with many tasks that make life . . . → Read More: Assistance Dogs Provide Wonderful Help for Those with Limited Mobility

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What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

November 21, 2011 Posted by Editor

Here is a wake-up call: Medicare may cover costs of a needed rehabilitative or skilled nursing care facility after a hospitalization of at least three nights — but only to a limited extent. As explained by the Centers for . . . → Read More: What to do When Medicare Will Not Cover the Costs of a Needed Rehabilitative or Skilled Care Facility

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Medicare Adds New Online Tools to Help Health Care Consumers

August 9, 2011 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced on Friday that they have launched new online tools for patients and caregivers to “empower consumers to make informed choices about their health care,” as well as other initiatives . . . → Read More: Medicare Adds New Online Tools to Help Health Care Consumers

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National Community Health Centers Provide Primary & Preventive Care to 20 Million

August 8, 2011 Posted by Editor

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced today that this week, August 7th-13th, is National Community Health Center Week. This is “an opportunity to recognize the vital work of community health centers, which provide high . . . → Read More: National Community Health Centers Provide Primary & Preventive Care to 20 Million

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Video Introduction to Important Federal Government Resources for Caregivers & Seniors

January 22, 2011 Posted by Editor

This Video produced by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources provides a good introduction to the many federal government resources available to family caregivers and . . . → Read More: Video Introduction to Important Federal Government Resources for Caregivers & Seniors

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