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Alzheimer’s Disease Does Not Diminish Pain Sensitivity

The analyses of this study showed no evidence of diminished pain-related activity in Alzheimer's disease patients compared with controls. In fact, in this group, people with Alzheimer’s showed greater strength and duration of pain-related activity in sensory, affective and cognitive processing regions of the brain than the control group. Read more →


More Geriatricians Essential to Treat Boomer’s Addictions and Mental Health

Mental health and addiction issues are straining our health care system in several demographics, but it appears that the geriatric segment of our population may cause increasing strain. According to an article in the Washington Post, a new report finds as many as 1 in 5 seniors has a mental health or substance abuse problem. Read more →


Understand Hospitalization Codes or Risk Medicare Denial

A lawsuit has been filed to fight this practice of putting people under observation for days and not admitting them to the hospital. The suit alleges that the practice of putting patients in observation denies them coverage for post-hospital rehab therapy, so they must either pay the facility’s full bill or go without treatment. Observation also classifies the people as outpatients while they’re in the hospital. Read more →


Option of Hospice Care Freeing for Many

Once on the program, the hospice staff melded seamlessly with the nursing home staff, and my parents lived the rest of their lives without pain. As a family, we had time to enjoy each other before each of my parents died, rather than focus on their misery. Read more →


Know Your Hospitalization Codes or Risk Medicare Denial

Your mom has fallen in her home and you’re now sitting with her in the hospital. Nothing is broken, they said, but she suffered a back injury they want to monitor. They’d like to keep her in the hospital for observation. You say sure, why not? She stays several days and then is released to a rehab facility for follow-up care. Read more →


Fighting Back: People with Alzheimer’s and Their Caregivers Face a Battle

One of the most heartbreaking aspects of Alzheimer’s disease is the feeling of helplessness that can overtake the lives of people diagnosed with the disease and those who love them. Alzheimer’s disease cannot be prevented or cured at this time. Lifestyle changes and some medications may help some people stave off the destruction of the disease for a time, but in the end, the disease wins. Read more →


Know Your Hospitalization Codes or Risk Medicare Denial

Your mom has fallen in her home and you’re now sitting with her in the hospital. Nothing is broken, they said, but she suffered a back injury they want to monitor. They’d like to keep her in the hospital for observation. You say sure, why not? She stays several days and then is released to a rehab facility for follow-up care. Read more →


Administration on Aging programs provide assistance for caregivers nationwide

Nearly any family caregiver has felt isolated and alone at one time or another. For many, that feeling is chronic. Friends don’t understand the strain we are under. Some people get no support from their extended family or friends. Where can we turn when there seems to be nowhere to turn? Believe it or not, many resources are at your fingertips on the Administration on Aging website. Read more →


Proposed Settlement May Expand Medicare Coverage for Important Services

In a proposed settlement of a nationwide class-action lawsuit, the Obama administration has agreed to change the decades-old practice of denying Medicare coverage for skilled nursing care or physical therapy unless the patient could be shown to have a likelihood of medical or functional improvement. Read more →