Posts Tagged ‘rehab in Lakewood NJ’

ASCOT Study Shows “Remarkable” Treatments for Heart Disease

The ascot is important. No, not the silk necktie, and not even the famous British horserace that is best known for its fancy ladies in gaudy hats. It’s ASCOT, The Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial study, which has been running since 1988. Its mission is to find the best long-term interventions for cardiovascular disease. Its newest…

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Green Spaces May Prevent Frailty in Seniors

It has long been understood that increasing frailty is a common feature of aging. But what, exactly, constitutes frailty? While the general population knows frailty when they see it, so to speak, gerontologists require a more rigorous definition. Since frailty is associated with increased risk of falling, hospitalization, and disability, it is important to know…

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5 Ways Medicare will lower costs in 2019

In an effort to increase competition and lower costs for Medicare recipients, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the following 5 changes for Medicare plans, starting in 2019. 1. Insurers will be allowed to add low-cost generic drugs to their approved lists. This is expected to bring down the cost of…

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3 Steps to Take When Transferring Your Loved One to a Nursing Home

Who can you consult with when admitting a loved one to a nursing home? Most people turn to the doctor in charge of their loved one’s care. But a study published in The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine suggests that this trusted source may not have the answers the family needs. The study…

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The Most Important — and Overlooked — Document in a Senior’s Legal File

You have all your ducks in a row for Mom’s legal needs. Or do you? You may have a will, documentation of Power of Attorney, Advance Directives, and Healthcare Proxies, but without a Letter of Competency, these documents may still be subject to dispute. Too often, bitter arguments arise between family members about what their…

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The Arthritis-Diabetes Connection

Osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis share symptoms, but are very different diseases. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear on the joints, and is usually found in older people. Inflammatory arthritis refers to a group of autoimmune diseases, diseases in which the immune system attacks the body’s joints, and can occur at any age. Inflammatory arthritis…

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New Diabetes Guidelines Create Controversy

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has just released new guidelines for the treatment of diabetes, especially when treating older people. The standard recommendation, agreed upon by a number of medical associations, including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), recommends keeping A1c levels below 7% in anyone with diabetes. However, after reviewing a variety of guidelines,…

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Treatment for osteoporosis is declining. Why that’s bad news.

Diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis is going down. Great news, right? Unfortunately, not. A study published in the journal Osteoporosis International reports that between 2002 and 2015, hip fractures steadily declined in women 65 and older. But the decline started to level off in 2012, and osteoporosis specialists are concerned that hip fractures are rising…

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Creating “The Village Effect” In a New Jersey Nursing Home

Psychologist Susan Pinker may have found the secret to living longer. It’s not a low-fat or gluten-free diet, and it’s not the power of a positive attitude. It’s our personal relationships. In a TED Talk, as well as in her book, The Village Effect: How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier, Happier, and Smarter, Pinker notes…

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The Surprising Brain Benefits of Exercise for Seniors

Doing the daily crossword puzzle to stave off those “senior moments” when the right word is just out of reach? That’s good, but a recent study published in Scientific Reports indicates that taking a brisk walk can help just as much. The study confirmed what we all know — that as we get older, we…

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