ElderCarelink Blog

Small steps in recovering from a cardiac event

by Dorian Martin
August 21st, 2013 at 10:00 am

Hearts have been on my mind lately for two reasons. First of all, Dad (who is almost 88 years old) developed cardiac and pulmonary issues in mid-June that forced him to be hospitalized for a week and remain in a skilled nursing rehabilitation center for another five weeks. He’s home now with home health care staff coming in to check his vital signs and provide physical therapy several times a week.

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Making the effort can pay off when caring for elders

by Dorian Martin
August 7th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Recently I’ve been reminded that it’s a small community of health care providers who work with elders, and little things that caregivers do can make a big difference in ways that we never would have guessed. Let me give you an example that emerged recently, where caregiving efforts had unexpected results.

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Lack of regular routine: risk to elder’s health?

by Dorian Martin
July 31st, 2013 at 10:00 am

Like many elders, my father’s daily routine has become much looser since he retired. Take several naps a day? Dad would say he earned it. Limiting how often he takes a bath? Dad may say he’s not going anywhere or seeing anyone and adds that he does take a sponge bath. Leaving food out of the refrigerator after making lunch and then deciding to take a nap? He would say he just forgot. Leaving a mess of newspapers, magazines and bills lying around his office space work area and floor? “I’ll get to it soon,” he promises.

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Tips on orchestrating elders’ medications

by Dorian Martin
July 3rd, 2013 at 10:00 am

I recently had to take over the management of Dad’s medications when he wasn’t feeling well. That proved to be quite a lesson since he takes about seven pills in the morning and five more in the evening, as well as changing his pain patch every other day. It’s made me a lot more aware of the potential for medication mistakes.

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Could supplements interact with elders’ medications?

by Dorian Martin
April 24th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Dad takes a number of medications. There’s one for high blood pressure, another for his prostate and a diuretic. Plus, he’s on a pain patch due to his chronic lower back pain. And he also takes a baby aspirin daily, a multi-vitamin supplement and a fish oil capsule.

He’s always reading articles suggesting other supplements that might be beneficial. But should he take them? A new publication by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) may shed a little light on this area.

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