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The Rally Before Death In Preparation for the Final Journey

ColorSky...One story that stands out in my memory was told to me while interviewing people for “Minding Our Elders: Caregivers Share Their Personal Stories.” The woman’s whole family had gathered by her father’s bedside. It had been days for some, hours for others, but they had all arrived. Their father had been withdrawing into himself, and they knew that his time to leave would soon come. Then, he rallied. He was able to sit up and even talk a bit. There was a spark in his eye. He told his family to go and get something to eat. During the time it took the family to grab some fast food at a nearby restaurant, the father died.

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Post-surgical Risk for Delirium Increases with Age

Doctor_physician_surgery_219981As people age, surgery becomes a greater risk to their overall health than it is for younger people. Older people often have less robust immune systems so they are more at risk for general infections and they are more at risk for pneumonia. However, one of the most frightening risks for older people is post-surgical delirium.

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Terminally Ill? Where We Live Can Affect Aggressiveness of Treatment

Prayer-10021187You’ve had an advanced health directive, often called a living will, drawn up along with your other legal documents. This vital document tells medical people how you should be treated if you can’t speak for yourself. It also names a health proxy to speak for you. This advanced directive is also included in a Power Of Attorney for health. You congratulate yourself on getting this task done. You’re confident that your wishes will be followed no matter what happens to your health.

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Hospital Compare Useful Tool for Evaluating Hospitals and Clinics

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Dear Carol: My wife and I are on Medicare which allows us to go to any hospital we choose. We’re aware that people our age are more likely to be hospitalized for procedures than younger people. We’re also aware of the risk of infection in some hospitals as well as the lack of good care so we’d like to do some research. How do we go about getting an unbiased account?  H.B.

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Elder Should Decide How Aggressively To Treat Cancer

BeachDear Carol: My 88-year-old mother recently had a mammogram and they’ve discovered a cancerous lump in her breast. I think she should have surgery and treatment but the doctor says that it should be left alone. He says that considering Mom’s age and general health, treating it could be harmful to her and it’s not guaranteed to cure her. He actually said that the treatment itself could kill her. I think it’s just that they don’t want to spend money on old people.

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Carefully Control Medications as Alzheimer’s Advances

Medical_tablets_03_hd_pictures_168380While Alzheimer’s specific drugs may help slow symptoms for some people, they also may increase the risk of hip fractures, fainting, urinary problems and other health issues. Most researchers now think that a time comes when many medications for the elderly are no longer beneficial and may be harmful.

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Our Elders' Needs Can Change In a Flash

36509504The moment is frozen in time for me when, just hours after I left his house, my phone rang. It was the dispatch center telling me that Joe had punched the help button and wasn't answering his phone. I immediately ran across the yard and pushed through the door. Joe was lying on the floor, with one leg at an unnatural angle. In agony, he just said "help me."

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Can Hospitalization Cause Hallucinations in Older People?

WomanBedDear Carol: My dad has had heart disease for years. He recently had a stroke that left him weak on one side but otherwise he seems to have recovered physically. Mentally, he’s not doing so well. He seemed to go downhill fast while he was in the hospital. The neurologist thinks that Dad may have vascular dementia, but she also told me that he shows some signs of Alzheimer’s. We’re watching him closely now that he’s home, but my main concern is that he has times when he talks to people who aren’t there. What’s going on?  - R.J.

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Hospital Compare Joins Nursing Home Compare As Consumer Tool

GlassesComputersmallerThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently developed a tool that compares hospitals in a way that is similar to their popular Nursing Home Compare. Aptly called Hospital Compare, the tool allows consumers to view hospital ratings that are based on data from the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (HCAHPS). HCAHPS measures patients’ perspectives of hospital care and has been in use since 2006.

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Supporting a Friend Who Has a Chronic Illness

WomancomfortingwomanDo you have a friend with a chronic illness? If so, how can you be the type of friend who is supportive, without sending a signal to your friend that she or he is your pet "project?" Below are a few thoughts:

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