Topic: Eldercare

in the hospital
Mar 5 2019

Ask these questions when an elderly loved one is in the hospital

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Time in the hospital can be physically and emotionally taxing at any age, but for older people, time spent in the hospital can have an even bigger impact on their health and wellbeing after they’re discharged. You can help advocate for your loved ones and ask important questions. You’ll just need to be sure they’ve... Read More

new doctor
Jan 29 2019

Over 65 and need a new doctor? What to look for

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There are many reasons you may be looking for a new primary care physician as you get older. Perhaps your doctor is retiring or no longer accepts your insurance. Maybe you’ve moved to a new town or state. Or you could be living with several medical issues and want to work with a doctor who... Read More

healthcare directive
Aug 21 2018

Five times you should review and update your healthcare directive

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you have an advanced healthcare directive that outlines what types of medical care you do and do not wish to receive and who should make medical decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself, then you’re better prepared than nearly 2/3 of Americans. But getting your wishes down on paper in the... Read More

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assisted living
Feb 27 2018

Signs it may be time for your parents to consider assisted living

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Independence is important to all of us as we get older. Many people resist even talking about getting in-home support or moving to an assisted living or long-term care community until they face a serious illness or injury or death of a spouse or partner. But putting off this discussion means that arrangements must be... Read More

aging parents
Jan 9 2018

Technology that can help you care for your aging parents

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

There’s a technology solution for pretty much everything these days. You can use an app to unlock your front door, even if you’re far from home. Smart thermostats can adjust the temperature throughout the day to help you save energy. Even your car may have an onboard system that lets you call for help if... Read More

Nov 28 2017

How to choose the right doctor as you get older

Health Risk Management  •  By Susan Walker

Throughout your adult life, you probably received most of your healthcare from a primary care doctor. As you reach your mid- to late-60s however, it may be time to consider choosing a new doctor who focuses on treating older adults or a geriatrician. While one in four adults is living with multiple chronic health problems... Read More

Nov 14 2017

What documents do you need to help your parents make medical decisions?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

There may come a day when your parents want or need your help managing their health and making healthcare decisions. To make sure you’re prepared if the situation arises, it’s helpful to start a conversation with your parents before they’re facing a pressing need or crisis so you can have all the necessary documents in... Read More

May 16 2017

COPD: Tips to lower the risk of flare-ups

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you’re one of the 30 million people in the U.S. living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), there are several strategies that can help you lower your risk of experiencing a disease-related flare-up or sudden worsening of your symptoms. The symptoms of a flare-up, which is also known as an exacerbation, include: increased difficulty... Read More

Choosing a rehabilitation facility
Feb 21 2017

Ask these questions when choosing a rehabilitation facility after being hospitalized

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you or a loved one has been hospitalized with a serious illness or injury or undergone major surgery, your next step may be to transfer to a short-term rehabilitation facility to continue your recovery. Also known as skilled nursing facilities, a rehabilitation facility can provide you with the additional, personalized care you need to... Read More

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risk of alzheimer's disease
Jan 31 2017

5 lesser known symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Family Caregiving  •  By Susan Walker

You’re probably familiar with the most common symptoms that may point to the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and some other types of dementia: Memory loss, especially being unable to remember newly learned information and asking the same questions over and over Trouble planning or problem solving Problems completing familiar tasks such as driving to... Read More

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