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Free Caregiving Tips & Resources for National Family Caregivers Month from Parkinson Foundation

As part of National Family Caregivers Month – November, 2013 – the National Parkinson Foundation has announced that it will offer Free Caregiving tips and resources during the entire month of November. On the NPF Facebook page, the Foundation . . . → Read More: Free Caregiving Tips & Resources for National Family Caregivers Month from Parkinson Foundation

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Tips & Facts to Help You Celebrate a Happy, Meaningful & Safe Fourth of July!

As we all know, Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States.  It is a day on which we celebrate the founding and independence of our nation.  The Declaration of Independence, declaring independence . . . → Read More: Tips & Facts to Help You Celebrate a Happy, Meaningful & Safe Fourth of July!

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95% of People Do Not Wash Their Hands Sufficiently, New Study Finds

For a new study published in the Journal of Environmental Health, researchers from Michigan State University, watched 3,749 people attempt (or not attempt) to wash their hands after using public bathrooms located across a college town in Michigan. They . . . → Read More: 95% of People Do Not Wash Their Hands Sufficiently, New Study Finds

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A Father's Day Health Message

The following video produced by Wellness News, presents a moving tribute in song to Fathers. At the same time, it reminds whole families of important steps that men can take to protect their health and wellness.   View the . . . → Read More: A Father’s Day Health Message

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Men's Health Week, culminating on Father's Day, Focuses on Wellness & Prevention

The week of June 10, culminating on Father’s Day, June 16, has been declared “Men’s Health Week,” both internationally and in the U.S., and the month of June is “Men’s Health Month.” These observances highlight men’s health facts, and . . . → Read More: Men’s Health Week, culminating on Father’s Day, Focuses on Wellness & Prevention

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How to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Extreme Heat, CDC Issues New Resources

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new website, video and other resources with tips and information on extreme heat and how to prevent heat-related deaths and illness, as temperatures rise this summer. In . . . → Read More: How to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Extreme Heat, CDC Issues New Resources

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

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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Tips to Stop Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls and E-mail, issued by FTC

Is your mailbox full of junk mail? Are you tired of telemarketers bothering you or your senior loved one? Is your e-mail inbox filling up with spam e-mails that make it difficult for you to find the important . . . → Read More: Tips to Stop Unsolicited Mail, Phone Calls and E-mail, issued by FTC

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HHS Announces New Digital & Mobile Health Apps to Help You Stay Healthy

In a HealthBeat message and podcast issued on April 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pronounced that “Your health is going digital. Health applications on the go are becoming more available.” The message describes new . . . → Read More: HHS Announces New Digital & Mobile Health Apps to Help You Stay Healthy

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

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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Helpful Organizing Tips for Caregivers

Here are a few useful apps that can organize all of your elderly loved one’s documents. Evernote (note taking service), an app that saves information, web pages, notes, and attachments across all your devices. Includes a great search function. . . . → Read More: Helpful Organizing Tips for Caregivers

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Weight Gain, Depression & Other Often-Mistaken Symptoms Could Signify Thyroid Disease, Harvard Reports

“The symptoms of thyroid diseases are so wide-ranging—affecting your mood, energy, body temperature, weight, heart, and more—that it may be difficult to get the correct diagnosis right away,” according to the authors of a recent Special Health Report on . . . → Read More: Weight Gain, Depression & Other Often-Mistaken Symptoms Could Signify Thyroid Disease, Harvard Reports

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Baby Boomers Not as Healthy as Their Parents, New Research Finds

New research reported in the February 4 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, has found that, “Despite their longer life expectancy over previous generations, U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, . . . → Read More: Baby Boomers Not as Healthy as Their Parents, New Research Finds

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Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

The February, 2013 issue of the journal HealthAffairs features several studies addressing how more active engagement of patients in their own health and health care can affect health care outcomes and costs of care. “Studies show that more informed . . . → Read More: Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

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Heart Attack Symptoms are Different for Women than for Men. Did You Know?

February 1 is National Wear Red Day®, an annual health observance sponsored by the American Heart Association, to highlight the facts about heart attack risks and symptoms. Part of this observance is a Go Red For Women campaign, to . . . → Read More: Heart Attack Symptoms are Different for Women than for Men. Did You Know?

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Multitasking Does Not Work; If You Think You are Good at It, Your Personality May be Deceiving You, Study Suggests

A new study published January 23 in the medical journal PLOS One has found that whether you engage in multitasking has more to do with your personality than your actual ability to multitask. The study, conducted by researchers at . . . → Read More: Multitasking Does Not Work; If You Think You are Good at It, Your Personality May be Deceiving You, Study Suggests

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Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds

A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins has found an apparent link between hearing loss and accelerated cognitive decline in older adults. The new study was published on January 21, 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine, a journal of . . . → Read More: Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Cognitive Decline, New Study Finds

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FLU UPDATE: Epidemic Severely Affecting Older People, but New Flu Cases May be Tapering Off, CDC Reports

On Friday, January 18, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) issued an updated report on the Flu Epidemic that is sweeping the nation, reporting on new data collected through the week ended January 12, 2013. While . . . → Read More: FLU UPDATE: Epidemic Severely Affecting Older People, but New Flu Cases May be Tapering Off, CDC Reports

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

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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CDC Advises on Flu Prevention; Reports on Flu Epidemic Sweeping Nation

According to the latest Seasonal Flu Surveillance (FluView) Report, issued today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “the United States is having an early flu season with most of the country now experiencing high levels . . . → Read More: CDC Advises on Flu Prevention; Reports on Flu Epidemic Sweeping Nation

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Vision Problems Commonly Lead Older Adults to Limit Activity for Fear of Falling, New Study Finds

A new study by doctors at the University of Montreal and an associated Montreal hospital have found that about half of seniors with visually impairing eye diseases report limiting their social activities due to fear of falling. This also . . . → Read More: Vision Problems Commonly Lead Older Adults to Limit Activity for Fear of Falling, New Study Finds

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HelpingYouCare® Adds New Resource on U.S. State by State Health Care Comparisons

HelpingYouCare® (.com and .org) has added a new resource on U.S. State by State health and healthcare comparisons and rankings. The new National – U.S. State by State Health & Healthcare Comparisons and Rankings resource is located in the . . . → Read More: HelpingYouCare® Adds New Resource on U.S. State by State Health Care Comparisons

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Mayo Clinic & TIME Collaborate on New Book About Alternative Medicine Therapies

The Mayo Clinic and TIME publishing have collaborated on a new book entitled, Alternative Medicine: Your Guide to Stress Relief, Healing, Nutrition, and More, which explores the potential risks and benefits of several “alternative medicine” therapies, as supplements to . . . → Read More: Mayo Clinic & TIME Collaborate on New Book About Alternative Medicine Therapies

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New USFDA Website Warns of Dangers of Buying Drugs Online

Many consumers, especially those who do not have health insurance, may consider purchasing prescription medicines from an online pharmacy — both to save money and for the convenience of shopping online. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published . . . → Read More: New USFDA Website Warns of Dangers of Buying Drugs Online

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Happy Thanksgiving to You from HelpingYouCare®

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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Caregiving for a Dear Friend with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS): Part II of a Hope-Inspiring Story

Contributed By Shirley A. Woods EDITOR’S NOTE: In a previous post, our dear friend Jackie Barber told the inspiring story of how she is overcoming the dreaded Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) that eighteen months ago left her completely paralyzed . . . → Read More: Caregiving for a Dear Friend with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS): Part II of a Hope-Inspiring Story

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Be Aware of Health Frauds Online

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns consumers to be careful when buying medicine and other health products online. They advise that some websites sell medicine that may not be safe and could put your health at risk. They . . . → Read More: Be Aware of Health Frauds Online

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Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urges consumers to be on guard against fraudulent products claiming to treat, prevent, or cure a wide variety of medical conditions. FDA provides information and resources on its website on Health Fraud, . . . → Read More: Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud

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Tips on Keeping Food & Water Safe During Emergencies, Circulated by HHS

As Hurricane Sandy was preparing to strike New Jersey and New York on October 29, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) circulated a bulletin on how to prepare for, and keep your food and water safe . . . → Read More: Tips on Keeping Food & Water Safe During Emergencies, Circulated by HHS

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Find Out What Medicare Covers, on Medicare.gov

On its website, Medicare.gov, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides links to comprehensive information on what Medicare covers under each of its different Parts. Here are links to Medicare coverage information, as provided on Medicare.gov: . . . → Read More: Find Out What Medicare Covers, on Medicare.gov

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Signs That a Headache Could be Dangerous, Featured in Johns Hopkins Health Alert

In a Health Alert published October 17, 2012 by Johns Hopkins, Peter Goadsby, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist who is director of the Headache Center at the University of California at San Francisco, lists some of the signs and symptoms . . . → Read More: Signs That a Headache Could be Dangerous, Featured in Johns Hopkins Health Alert

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Expanded Recalls of Peanuts and Peanut Butter Products - Linked to Multi-State Outbreak of Salmonella Infections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced an expanded investigation of a multi-state outbreak of cases of Salmonella Bredeney infections. So far 35 cases have been reported . . . → Read More: Expanded Recalls of Peanuts and Peanut Butter Products – Linked to Multi-State Outbreak of Salmonella Infections

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Thank a Caregiver Week, Nov. 4-10, Sponsored by National Parkinson Foundation

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has announced that, as part of observing National Family Caregivers Month in November, it will for the first time sponsor Thank a Caregiver Week during the week of November 4 through 10, 2012. “Caring . . . → Read More: Thank a Caregiver Week, Nov. 4-10, Sponsored by National Parkinson Foundation

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Recall of Select Packages of Kellogg's Mini-Wheats -- Frosted and Unfrosted

On October 8, 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Kellogg initiated a voluntary recall of certain packages of  Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats. In a news release posted by the FDA, Kellogg stated that the recall was . . . → Read More: Recall of Select Packages of Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats — Frosted and Unfrosted

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The FDA's Role in Reviewing the Safety & Efficacy of Dietary Supplements

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes clear that it does not conduct a pre-market review of dietary supplements. Dietary supplements are not approved by the government for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. However, Vasilios H. . . . → Read More: The FDA’s Role in Reviewing the Safety & Efficacy of Dietary Supplements

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TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

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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Perceived Stress Increases Risk of Heart Disease, Study Finds; Plus How to Handle Stress

A new analysis of studies involving 118,696 participants, conducted by Donald Edmundson, PhD, a professor at Columbia University Medical Center, and colleagues, has found that self-reported perceived stress was associated with a 27% higher risk of coronary heart disease . . . → Read More: Perceived Stress Increases Risk of Heart Disease, Study Finds; Plus How to Handle Stress

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National Parkinson Foundation Offers Helpline for Patients and Families

The National Parkinson Foundation is offering a free telephone Helpline for Parkinson’s patients and their families. The Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636), is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time. According to the National Parkinson . . . → Read More: National Parkinson Foundation Offers Helpline for Patients and Families

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FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the following Bulletin on September 25, 2012: Scam Alert: Beware of Bogus FDA Agents “Hundreds of people who have purchased drugs over the Internet or via telephone have unwittingly exposed themselves . . . → Read More: FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online

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Is Stress at Work Adding to Your Stress as a Family Caregiver?

Feelings of stress commonly arise out of the challenges of being a family caregiver. And, managing caregiver stress is a huge part of proper caregiver self-care. But, if you are also working outside the home, is stress at work . . . → Read More: Is Stress at Work Adding to Your Stress as a Family Caregiver?

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Exercise & Home Modification Most Effective to Prevent Falls in Seniors, New Study Finds

New research published September 12 in The Cochrane Library has found that of several fall-prevention methods studied, exercise including strength and balance training was most effective in reducing the risk of falling for seniors. Modifications of the home to . . . → Read More: Exercise & Home Modification Most Effective to Prevent Falls in Seniors, New Study Finds

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New Initiative to Help Americans Control Blood Pressure, CDC Teams with Pharmacists

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new initiative, called “Team Up. Pressure Down,” in which the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will team with pharmacists to help . . . → Read More: New Initiative to Help Americans Control Blood Pressure, CDC Teams with Pharmacists

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

“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

“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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NIH Announces New 52-Week Mobile Health App for Women

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Research on Women’s Health, announced on Thursday that it is providing a new mobile health app for women that is available for free download to an iPhone, iPad or Android device. . . . → Read More: NIH Announces New 52-Week Mobile Health App for Women

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Tropical Storm Isaac Puts Spotlight on Hurricane Preparedness

As Tropical Storm Isaac approaches Florida, with Hurricane warnings in effect for much of Florida’s West coast, government authorities are urging all citizens to prepare, and are focusing attention on government resources available to help you prepare for a . . . → Read More: Tropical Storm Isaac Puts Spotlight on Hurricane Preparedness

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Salmonella Outbreak in 21 States Linked to Canteloupe Grown in Indiana

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has announced an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium that has sickened 178 people, with two deaths reported, in 21 states. The CDC announced yesterday that cantaloupe originating from Chamberlain Farms Produce, . . . → Read More: Salmonella Outbreak in 21 States Linked to Canteloupe Grown in Indiana

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HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President's Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new tool to help you find out how the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama’s signature Health Care Law – which some call “Obamacare”) is benefiting people . . . → Read More: HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President’s Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State

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Free Webinar on Relationships & Parkinsons - August 23, 2012

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) is offering a Free Webinar about “Relationships and Parkinson’s” on Thursday, August 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Kara Barton, MSW, LCSW, from the University of Southern California, will discuss strategies for coping with changes . . . → Read More: Free Webinar on Relationships & Parkinsons – August 23, 2012

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Under Obama's Health Care Law, Those on Medicare Have Saved $4.1 Billion in Prescription Costs + Recd Free Preventive Care, Medicare Announces

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release yesterday announcing that because of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama’s signature health care law), nearly 5.4 million seniors and people with disabilities who . . . → Read More: Under Obama’s Health Care Law, Those on Medicare Have Saved $4.1 Billion in Prescription Costs + Recd Free Preventive Care, Medicare Announces

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People on Medicare Can Now Get Information from Pharmacies about New Benefits Available to Them under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today that it has formed partnerships with several pharmacies to help inform and educate seniors and others on Medicare about the several new benefits that are made available to . . . → Read More: People on Medicare Can Now Get Information from Pharmacies about New Benefits Available to Them under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

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HUD Offers Tools to Find Affordable Housing for Seniors

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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Can a Smile Reduce Stress?

A new study by scientists at the University of Kansas has found that a smile on your face – especially a genuine one using both mouth and eye muscles – may help lower heart rate after stressful activities. The . . . → Read More: Can a Smile Reduce Stress?

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Medicare Announces Updated Hospital Compare & Nursing Home Compare Sites

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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US Government Provides Free Publications on Exercise, Diet and Weight Management

The U.S. Government provides multiple free health publications on Exercise, Diet and Weight Management. These publications can be downloaded free of charge from Be Active Your Way – Consumer Booklet for Adults – By the U.S. Department of Health . . . → Read More: US Government Provides Free Publications on Exercise, Diet and Weight Management

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Govt News Bulletin Gives Preparation & Safety Tips for Summer Weather Emergencies

The U.S. Government today circulated a news bulletin from its official website, USA.gov, advising of a number of new or expanded resources on how to prepare for and stay safe in a Summer weather emergency. Today is the first . . . → Read More: Govt News Bulletin Gives Preparation & Safety Tips for Summer Weather Emergencies

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National Safety Month Focuses on Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls among Older Adults

June has been designated “National Safety Month,” an annual observance sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), a non-profit organization, “to increase awareness of the top causes of preventable injuries and deaths and to encourage safe behaviors.” Each week . . . → Read More: National Safety Month Focuses on Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls among Older Adults

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Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook

Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School has published Caregiver’s Handbook: A guide to caring for the ill, elderly, disabled … and yourself, a basic introductory handbook to some of the topics and concerns faced by family caregivers. In . . . → Read More: Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver’s Handbook

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May 27 through June 2 declared National Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 27 through June 2 has been declared as 2012 National Hurricane Preparedness Week, the National Hurricane Center has announced. Hurricane Season each year officially begins June 1 and runs through the end of November, according to the National . . . → Read More: May 27 through June 2 declared National Hurricane Preparedness Week

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Smart Phone Apps & Social Networking Help Lose Weight, Evidence Suggests

During a session at the 19th European Congress on Obesity in Lyon, France on Thursday, May 10, Dr. Robert Pretlow of the Research Institute, eHealth International in Seattle, Washington, presented evidence suggesting that social networking and new smart phone . . . → Read More: Smart Phone Apps & Social Networking Help Lose Weight, Evidence Suggests

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Medicare Announces Inclusion of Patient Survey Data in Home Health Compare Tool

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on April 19 that the results of its ongoing survey of patients regarding their experiences with and ratings of Medicare-certified home health agencies, will now be available to consumers . . . → Read More: Medicare Announces Inclusion of Patient Survey Data in Home Health Compare Tool

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

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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Eye Health Month Focuses on Eye Health & Safety

April has been declared “Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month” by Prevent Blindness America (PBA), a non-profit organization. April has also been declared “Sports Eye Safety Awareness Month” by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Both of these campaigns have . . . → Read More: Eye Health Month Focuses on Eye Health & Safety

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Electronic Health Records Can Relieve Caregiver Stress; A Caregiver Tells Her Story

Cynthia Whisker, a social service coordinator who counsels families and seniors about how to handle the stress of caregiving for their loved ones, has herself become a caregiver for her husband. Her husband underwent both a liver transplant and . . . → Read More: Electronic Health Records Can Relieve Caregiver Stress; A Caregiver Tells Her Story

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Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer's

sources indicate that up to 15 percent of people with MCI develop Alzheimer’s within one year. However, studies have shown that preventive interventions such as exercise and changes in lifestyle factors can be effective in staving off mental decline. . . . → Read More: Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer’s

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Water Safety

How to keep your water safe, according to Dr Mehmet Oz. Watch . . . → Read More: Water Safety

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Is Distilled Water Better Than Filtered Water?

Watch Dr. Mehmet Oz weigh in on whether distilled water is better than bottled or filtered water. »

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Yearly Checklist for Assessing Elderly Health

Geriatric health experts say a good place to start in assessing elderly health is weight.  A weight gain or loss is something to be addressed with a doctor (especially if the reason for the gain or loss is not . . . → Read More: Yearly Checklist for Assessing Elderly Health

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Addressing Caregiver Burnout

Ask Dr. Z December, 2011 By Laura Zipris, Psy. D., LMHC Editor’s Note: Dr. Laura Zipris, Psy. D., LMHC, holds a doctorate in Psychology and is licensed to practice psychotherapy in New York and Florida. She writes a monthly . . . → Read More: Addressing Caregiver Burnout

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Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

A new survey published on October 19 found that while almost eight in ten people who reported having a recent blood test claim they understood the results, in fact 48 percent did not know their cholesterol level, and 65 . . . → Read More: Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

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Harvard Medical School Issues Tips on How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure At Home

Harvard Medical School has recently issued a new HealthBeat report, published by Harvard Health Publications, with practical tips on how to measure your blood pressure at home. “Checking blood pressure at home won’t cure hypertension, but it will help . . . → Read More: Harvard Medical School Issues Tips on How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure At Home

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A Tribute to Steve Jobs; Remembering His Legacy to Healthcare & Wellness

Steve Jobs, 56, the founder of Apple®, died Wednesday, October 5, 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Despite his personal struggle, Jobs is remembered for his remarkable contributions to technology, including healthcare and wellness technology, and his . . . → Read More: A Tribute to Steve Jobs; Remembering His Legacy to Healthcare & Wellness

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Some Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Illness From Listeria Bacteria

Recent news articles have reported a rather alarming number of illnesses and deaths in some states caused by listeriosis associated with cantaloupes and lettuce. See for example recent reports by Wall Street Journal on FDA discovery of listeria in . . . → Read More: Some Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Illness From Listeria Bacteria

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New AHRQ Initiative: Questions are the Answer For Better Doctor-Patient Communication

On Tuesday, September 20, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), along with the Ad Council, a non-profit organization, launched a new Questions are the Answer initiative . . . → Read More: New AHRQ Initiative: Questions are the Answer For Better Doctor-Patient Communication

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American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a series of Classes for Family caregivers, which include eight one-hour modules of instruction on topics intended “to help participants gain an understanding of what is involved in caring for a loved one.” . . . → Read More: American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes

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Study Finds Medical History Key to Correct Diagnosis

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, found that patients’ medical history “emerged as the key element in formulating correct diagnosis” of medical conditions. This obviously has important implications . . . → Read More: Study Finds Medical History Key to Correct Diagnosis

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Updated Information on Prescription Drugs Provided by US Govt Websites

The U.S. Government’s official web portal, USA.gov, indicates that as of July 20, 2011, updated information has been added to several government websites providing information and resources on prescription medications, drug interactions, and coverage of prescription drug costs. Many . . . → Read More: Updated Information on Prescription Drugs Provided by US Govt Websites

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Tips on Finding Senior Discounts

While many discounts to seniors begin at 55 years of age, some start as early as 50. Listed below are some sites that may help you save for yourself, your elderly loved one, or both of you. Some things . . . → Read More: Tips on Finding Senior Discounts

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Hurricane Preparedness For Seniors and Caregivers

If you or your senior loved one live in a coastal area, have you taken the advisable steps to prepare in advance for a Hurricane? If an evacuation order were given, have you planned how and where your elderly . . . → Read More: Hurricane Preparedness For Seniors and Caregivers

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Can a Patient Know Too Much? Are You Annoying Your Doctors?

Recently controversy has swirled around a website, QuantiaMD, which provides a physician-to-physician educational presentation entitled, “Managing the Difficult Patient.” This controversy has raised questions about how patients can make the most constructive and helpful use of the vast quantity . . . → Read More: Can a Patient Know Too Much? Are You Annoying Your Doctors?

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High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place

Several pilot programs are being conducted by the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology to test motion sensors, skype-like video monitors, robots and other high-tech equipment, as a means of constantly monitoring the well-being of seniors in their own . . . → Read More: High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place

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New Tool Issued by HHS to Help Reduce Medication Errors

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), has released a new tool to help consumers reduce medication errors — a revised booklet, with detachable wallet-sized card, entitled: “Your Medicines: Be . . . → Read More: New Tool Issued by HHS to Help Reduce Medication Errors

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How To Save On The Cost Of Prescription Drugs

Some tips from Medicare.gov on buying generic drugs and entering a discount prescription program. Click 10 ways to reduce your drug costs» See also the ABC Diane Sawuer News Video report on how to cut the cost of . . . → Read More: How To Save On The Cost Of Prescription Drugs

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How To Protect Your Brainpower Through Lifestyle Changes

European researchers have found cardiovascular health is related to mental wellness–that cardiovascular disease or the narrowing of blood vessels to the brain causes vascular dementia. Fortunately, it may not be too late to make some lifestyle changes! Read  “6 . . . → Read More: How To Protect Your Brainpower Through Lifestyle Changes

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Successful Tips With Difficult Aging Parents

Don’t dare call your mom because you know it will be an hour before you can get off the phone? Is your parent always critical of your help, or just a non-ending complainer? Do you feel you’re not up . . . → Read More: Successful Tips With Difficult Aging Parents

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Video: Tips on How to Care for Your Older Parent & Avoid Caregiver Burnout

While caring for an older parent can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime, it can also be frustrating and stressful, leading to “caregiver burnout.” Dr. Alicia Arbaje, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine offers . . . → Read More: Video: Tips on How to Care for Your Older Parent & Avoid Caregiver Burnout

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Making the Bathroom Safer for Your Elderly Parent

Watch this video for good tips on how to make the bathroom safer for your elderly parent or other elderly loved . . . → Read More: Making the Bathroom Safer for Your Elderly Parent

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Five smartphone apps for caregivers - MarketWatch

Caregivers can keep track of medication dosages, nutritional requirements, and other daily health-care needs through a growing number of free or cheep smartphone apps. It’s a good idea to ask your doctor or health provider to help assess a . . . → Read More: Five smartphone apps for caregivers

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Training to Be a Family Caregiver

This article, part of a WSJ.com series with tips on elder-care, cites a series of new studies and reports on the emotional, physical and financial challenges of caring for aged or disabled loved ones.  It suggests that just as people train for marathons and other . . . → Read More: Training to Be a Family Caregiver

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How To Parent Your Parents

By Carolyn Rosenblatt, Forbes.com Some basic but useful tips on how to parent your parents. Surprising opening: “Sometimes, we have to tell THEM what to do. It’s uncomfortable. The image we may have of our parents is that they . . . → Read More: How To Parent Your Parents

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Caregivers Need the Gift of Respites

by Rita Altman, R.N. National Director of Memory Care Services for Sunrise Senior Living for The Huffington Post At this time of year, family caregivers for seniors, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease, may not get the break that they . . . → Read More: Caregivers Need the Gift of Respites

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Useful Worksheets

Useful Worksheets from AARP: Medication Record; Organize Documents Worksheet In managing your loved one’s care, it is important for you to monitor the medications your loved one is taking at all times, and to make sure that each of his . . . → Read More: Useful Worksheets

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Tips for Caregivers to Better Manage Their Loved One’s Health Care

Useful tips for caregivers to better manage their loved one’s health care include gathering information, getting an authorization for medical professionals to share health information with you signed by your loved one, enroll your loved one in free Medicare programs to . . . → Read More: Tips for Caregivers to Better Manage Their Loved One’s Health Care

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Help for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Many government and private orgainzations offer help for caregivers to patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Read the story reported in the Los Angeles Times:  Help for Alzheimer’s caregivers – . . . → Read More: Help for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

Read tips for long-distance caregivers from the Cleveland Clinic. Some of the tips: Get organized; Schedule a family meeting; Research your loved one’s illness and treatment; Keep in touch with the medical providers for your loved one; Ask friends . . . → Read More: Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

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