From the monthly archives:

March 2013

Tweet Simple to learn, important to manage. These three measurements for diabetes management should be kept as close to the recommended goals as possible to help avoid complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and vision problems. A is for the A1C test, an estimate of blood sugar levels over the past three months. [...]

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Tweet This is Clarice, her husband, Bill (with the red tie), and she’s holding a great-grandson. Clarice and her husband, Bill, have volunteered at Valley Medical Center for over 20 years. Bill passed away about a year ago now but Clarice decided that she needed to continue to volunteer because it not only brightens up [...]

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Arthritis

by Lois Etienne on March 22, 2013

in Caregiver Support,Lifestyle,Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Did you know that the term ‘Arthritis’ is an umbrella term for over 100 diseases? Did you know that Osteoarthritis is the most common form and is the one that causes the deformed joints, particularly in the hands and feet? Watch this video to learn more.

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Tweet Mary Maxwell is back! She tackles those pesky house rugs and mats. Mary is hysterical, as usual, as she makes great fun of this subject but falling is anything but a joke for seniors. Keep active, practice balance exercises, get your calcium, use good lighting, outfit house with grab bars, monitor your medications, get [...]

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History of St Patrick’s Day

by Lois Etienne on March 16, 2013

in Holiday,Holidays,Lifestyle

Tweet Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the [...]

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Don’t Go BACK Into the Hospital!

by Lois Etienne on March 13, 2013

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Okay, you’ve been in the hospital and now you’re home. Data shows that hospital readmission rates are higher for discharged patients living with one of the six chronic conditions listed below. Focusing on the specific needs around whatever disease process you’re dealing with and accurately following the doctor’s discharge instructions is critical to a [...]

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Tweet Are there certain foods that can help speed recovery and help you feel better sooner? According to WebMD and other research, the answer is “yes.” Eating the right foods can help you prevent complications such as dehydration, and constipation. Among the first suggestions are to include lots of fiber and lean protein in your [...]

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Follow-Up Doctor’s Appointments

by Lois Etienne on March 7, 2013

in Senior Health and Safety

Tweet Okay, you were discharged with a plan of care, you’ve gotten home and got your medications in order but it’s also imperative that you help make sure you get to each and every follow up appointment. These medical follow-ups are critical for any necessary prescription updates, blood tests, incision and wound care, and follow-up [...]

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Tweet When you or your senior loved one returns home from the hospital, you are likely to come home with several new medications. Making sure that these new medications are taken correctly and don’t create any adverse effects with existing medications is vital to ensuring recovery. Medication mismanagement is one of the leading problems that [...]

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Tweet When a loved one is coming home from the hospital, it is important to have a good plan of care in place to help ensure a smooth transition home and to minimize stress for both the family caregiver and his or her loved one. You may even want to download this care plan worksheet [...]

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