ElderCarelink Blog

Dr. Travis Stork of “The Doctors” gives advice on heart health

by Carol Bursack
February 13th, 2012 at 9:57 am

During a recent telephone interview, Dr. Travis Stork honored February, which is Heart Health Month, by focusing on what we can most easily do to maintain a healthy heart. Dr. Stork is co-host of the award-winning television show The Doctors. Dr. Stork stressed exercise. He is a strong believer in patient empowerment when it comes to their health, and he tries to lead by example.

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Could nicotine improve Mild Cognitive Impairment?

by Carol Bursack
January 30th, 2012 at 10:05 am

Nicotine as administered through a medical patch, rather than a tobacco product, was shown in a recent study to have some benefit for nonsmokers with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Not everyone with MCI goes on to develop Alzheimer’s disease, but many people do. Therefore, the interest in studying mild cognitive impairment is intense.

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Improving elder health care transitions

by Carol Bursack
January 11th, 2012 at 10:13 am

Fortunately for me and my family, I was able to make myself available to help each of my elders after their many hospitalizations. Typically, however, many families simply don’t have anyone in a position to help, and elders go home only to return quickly to the hospital setting because they didn’t have the community support needed for recovering.

Billions of dollars are spent annually by elders returning home from hospital stays. According to the US Administration on Aging, almost one out of every five Medicare patients ends up back in the hospital within 30 days. Most of these readmissions are due to poor transitions due to poor communication and medical mismanagement.

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Can a healthy diet prevent Alzheimer’s?

by Carol Bursack
January 6th, 2012 at 3:26 pm

According to a study recently published in the online version of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, people who consume diets high in several vitamins or in omega 3 fatty acids are less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease than people whose diets are not high in those nutrients.

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Elders, Alzheimer’s and the holidays

by Carol Bursack
December 21st, 2011 at 10:19 am

Most caregivers want to give their loved ones the very best holiday possible. We tell ourselves that whether or not the care receiver can actively participate in the festivities, they should be included in the fun. I’ve seen wonderful events in private homes, assisted livings center and nursing homes, where delighted elders help caregivers decorate trees, wrap gifts, bake and do many other traditional tasks in preparation for celebrations.

However, if the person has Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia, what you intended to be a joyful celebration can in reality be a frustrating and confusion to the elder.

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