14 hours 18 min

For Many Patients, Delirium Is A Surprising Side Effect Of Being In The Hospital

 Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Sandra G. Boodman and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

When B. Paul Turpin was admitted to a Tennessee hospital in January, the biggest concern was whether the 69-year-old endocrinologist would survive. But as he battled a life-threatening infection, Turpin developed terrifying hallucinations, including one in which he was performing on a stage soaked with blood. Doctors tried to quell his delusions with increasingly large doses of sedatives, which only made him more disoriented.

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 Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Sandra G. Boodman and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

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14 hours 36 min

Colon Cancer Screening: Five Things To Know!

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Julie Appleby and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

It’s a predictable passage in life: Hit 50, get lots birthday cards with old-age jokes, a mailbox full of AARP solicitations — and a colonoscopy.

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Julie Appleby and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

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1 day 9 hours

By Federal Law, Beginning On March 8, 2017 Hospitals Now Must Tell Medicare Patients When Care Is Observation Only With a Written 'Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice, (MOON)'

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Susan Jaffe and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

 Under a new federal law that started on March 8, 2017, hospitals across the country must now alert Medicare patients when they are getting observation care and why they were not admitted — even if they stay in the hospital a few nights. For years, seniors often found out only when they got surprise bills for the services Medicare doesn’t cover for observation patients, including some drugs and expensive nursing home care.

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Susan Jaffe and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

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1 day 10 hours

FAQ: Hospital Observation Care Can Be Costly For Medicare Patients

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Susan Jaffe and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

By Federal Law, Beginning On March 8, 2017 Hospitals Now Must Tell Medicare Patients When Care Is Observation Only With a Written Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice, (MOON).

Some seniors think Medicare made a mistake.  Others are stunned when they find out that being in a hospital even for a couple of days doesn’t always mean they were actually admitted.

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Susan Jaffe and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

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1 day 14 hours

Alzheimer's Walk Fundraiser "Create a one-of-a-kind wine bottle wind chime" (public event) · Hosted by Home Instead Senior Care ~ Hamden, CT and The Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter on Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Located at Atria Larson Place 1450 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut 06517

Alzheimer's Walk Fundraiser "Create a one-of-a-kind wine bottle wind chime" (public Event) · Hosted by Home Instead Senior Care ~ Hamden, CT and The Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter on Thursday, September 14, 2017  from  5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Located at Atria Larson Place 1450 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut 06517

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Alzheimer's Walk Fundraiser "Create a one-of-a-kind wine bottle wind chime" (public Event) · Hosted by Home Instead Senior Care ~ Hamden, CT and The Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chap

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1 day 14 hours

Masonicare Hosts: Summer BBQ at Ashlar Village (Public Event) on clock Monday, August 28, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Located at Ashlar Village, 74 Cheshire Rd, Wallingford, CT

Masonicare Hosts: Summer BBQ at Ashlar Village on clock Monday, August 28, 2017 from  4:00 PM to  6:00 PM. Located at Ashlar Village, 74 Cheshire Road, Wallingford, CT 

(Public Event) 

Summer is a great time to explore the natural beauty of Ashlar Village. Join us on our scenic waterside dock, as you enjoy a glass of wine or beer. Our delicious menu will feature Ashlar Village favorites!

RSVP by 8/25 to 203-679-6425.

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Masonicare Hosts: Summer BBQ at Ashlar Village on clock Monday, August 28, 2017 from  4:00 PM to  6:00 PM. Located at Ashlar Village, 74 Cheshire Road, Wallingford, CT 

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1 day 14 hours

Geriatric ERs Reduce Stress, Medical Risks For Elderly Patients

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog By Anna Gorman Photos by Heidi de Marco​  and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

Cover photo: Elsie Castellanos, 77, gets checked by the ER doctor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on May 24, 2016. She came in to the geriatric emergency room with abdomen pain. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

 

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog By Anna Gorman Photos by Heidi de Marco​  and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

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1 day 16 hours

How To Fight For Yourself At The Hospital — And Avoid Readmission

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Judith Graham and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org  

 

Everything initially went well with Barbara Charnes’ surgery to fix a troublesome ankle. But after leaving the hospital, the 83-year-old soon found herself in a bad way.

Dazed by a bad response to anesthesia, the Denver resident stopped eating and drinking. Within days, she was dangerously weak, almost entirely immobile and alarmingly apathetic.

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Judith Graham and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org  

 

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1 day 17 hours

‘America’s Other Drug Problem’: Copious Prescriptions For Hospitalized Elderly

 Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Anna Gorman and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org   Photos by Heidi de Marco

Cover photo: Harriet Diamond at the UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Calif., in May. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

 

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Dominick Bailey sat at his computer, scrutinizing the medication lists of patients in the geriatric unit.

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 Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Anna Gorman and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org   Photos by Heidi de Marco

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2 days 13 hours

Teaching In-Home Caregivers Seems To Pay Off

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Anna Gorman and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org  

 

Low-income Californians who are elderly and disabled were less likely to go to the emergency room or be hospitalized after their in-home caregivers participated in an intensive training program, according to a report.

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Anna Gorman and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org  

 

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2 days 13 hours

Inside Hospital, Families Find Refuge With Recliners, Tissues And Cake

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Melissa Bailey and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org.  Photos credited to Ben Sklar for KHN

 

Cover photo: Alan Epstein makes rounds to waiting rooms welcoming family of patients to the Montefiore Caregiver Support Center in the hospital in the Bronx, N.Y., in December 2016. (Ben Sklar for KHN)

 

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Melissa Bailey and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org.  Photos credited to Ben Sklar for KHN

 

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2 days 13 hours

End-Of-Life Advice: More Than 500,000 Chat On Medicare’s Dime

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by JoNel Aleccia and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

The 90-year-old woman in the San Diego-area nursing home was quite clear, said Dr. Karl Steinberg. She didn’t want aggressive measures to prolong her life. If her heart stopped, she didn’t want CPR.

But when Steinberg, a palliative care physician, relayed those wishes to the woman’s daughter, the younger woman would have none of it.

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by JoNel Aleccia and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

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2 days 15 hours

3 Breathing Techniques for Heart and Brain Health

Effective Breathing Can Achieve Tremendous Health Benefits

seniorhelpdesk.com healthcare blog by  Home Care Assistance New Haven County, 

 

  Yoga, meditation and other relaxation techniques all depend on breathing properly. Proper breathing is an important part of learning how to calm the mind and body. The importance of proper breathing is of equal importance to eating healthy food, exercising and reducing stress.

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Effective Breathing Can Achieve Tremendous Health Benefits

seniorhelpdesk.com healthcare blog by  Home Care Assistance New Haven County, 

 

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4 days 10 hours

Hospitals Step Up To Help Seniors Avoid Falls

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Susan Jaffe and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 Cover photo: Gina Deavers, left center, looks on as Jane Bulla, right center, gets assistance from Sarah Nwosa, right, while Bulla goes through an obstacle course at the "Upright! Balance Training" class at Holy Cross Hospital's Senior Source center on Nov. 30 in Silver Spring, Maryland. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

 

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Susan Jaffe and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

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4 days 10 hours

Doctors Ponder Delicate Talks As Medicare Now Pays For End-Of-Life Counseling

  Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Phil Galewitz and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

JUPITER, Fla. — She didn’t want to spend the rest of her days seeing doctors, the 91-year-old woman confessed to Dr. Kevin Newfield as he treated a deep wound on her arm.

“You don’t have to, but you have to tell me what you do want,” Newfield replied.

“I’m not afraid of dying. I’m afraid of being 106,” she told the surgeon and her daughter, who was in the room with them.

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  Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Phil Galewitz and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

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5 days 13 hours

ARTIS Senior Living of Branford Presents a "KARAOKE FUNRAISER PARTY!" on Wednesday August 16, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm at Karaoke Heroes 212 Crown St. New Haven, CT "Proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer's Association" See link below for details!