ElderCarelink Blog

3 lessons for caregivers from Joe Klein’s “How to Die” article in Time magazine

by Dorian Martin
June 29th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Recently, I wrote about a thought-provoking article, “How to Die: What I Learned from the Last Days of My Mom and Dad,” which was featured earlier in June in the print issue of Time magazine. That blog post was brought on because my father, who is a subscriber, came to me and said, “You need to read this!” Well, I did and decided to write the first blog based on my 86-year-old father’s impressions of the article.

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Unchecked diabetes in elders can cause mental decline

by Dorian Martin
June 26th, 2012 at 4:19 pm

I always see the human body as a system in which one disease can affect several parts of the body. A new study underscores this belief. The study found that older adults who have diabetes and who are not able to control their blood sugar levels are at an increased risk for greater decline in their cognitive abilities.

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Time magazine provides snapshot of decisions related to elders’ death

by Dorian Martin
June 21st, 2012 at 9:00 am

Dad was pretty emphatic. “You need to read this story in Time Magazine. It’s really interesting,” he said, pointing to the cover of the June 12, 2012 issue. “And after you’re done, I’ve promised to take it to the nurse practitioner who works with my doctor.” The story, “How to Die: What I Learned from the Last Days of My Mom and Dad,” tracks the final five months of Joe Klein’s parents’ lives.

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Tips for protecting elder bone health

by Dorian Martin
June 19th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Broken bones are a real threat to elders, as evidenced by the glut of commercials advertising different medications for osteoporosis. So what should caregivers do to help an elder protect bone health? A recent report entitled “Reducing the Risk of Bone Fracture: A Review of the Research for Low Bone Density” from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides information on how elders can maintain bone health based on an analysis of 567 studies published between January 2005 and March 2011.

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Shared decision making helps elder discuss quality vs. quantity of life

by Dorian Martin
June 5th, 2012 at 8:41 am

Many health care decisions come down to quality vs. quantity. Does the elder want to live a longer life, even if he or she is hooked up to a machine? Or does the elder opt for quality of life? If so, he or she may have to make some hard decisions when a critical medical issue arises.

Unfortunately, many elders aren’t really weighing the ramifications of their decisions when faced with deteriorating health.  That’s where new advice published by the American Heart Association (AHA) and endorsed by other medical groups comes in. Read more »