Diabetes Puts Elderly at Greater Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia | West Bloomfield Township, MI

Researchers have discovered a connection between dementia risk and diabetes. This link means that as many as one-quarter of Americans over the age of 60 could have a significantly increased risk for Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, according to the results of a recent study. Their findings should resonate with particular…

Beat It: Post-Stroke Speech Recovery through Music | Bloomfield Hills, MI

When it comes to stroke recovery, the healing power of music may have its roots in rhythm and long-term memory, according to recent research. For people who have lost their powers of speech due to a stroke, regaining the ability to talk can be a daunting task. Occupational therapists use a…

Monitoring a Person’s Vital Signs? There’s an App for that | Birmingham, MI

New technology is transforming smart phones and tablets into portable vital-sign monitors capable of detecting dangerous health conditions, like irregular heart rhythms, with the same accuracy as traditional monitoring devices—and far less hassle. According to a press release, scientists from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) have written an application for smart…

It’s Time to Review Your Medicare Coverage | Macomb County, MI

An important Medicare deadline is approaching for seniors. The Annual Medicare Enrollment Period will begin October 15, 2011 and end December 7, 2011. This window is the time that seniors can enroll in a Medicare plan, change an existing plan, move to a new one, change drug coverage benefits or dis-enroll. The…

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Super Committee Failure Puts Elderly and their Doctors in Tough Spot The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction’s failure to complete its primary directive of coming up with a recommendation on how to cut the national deficit by $1.5 trillion will have wide-ranging effects on every American—including caregivers and their elderly parents….

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For Patients and Caregivers, Study Could Open Door to Doctor’s Thoughts What would happen if you knew what a doctor really thought about your elderly loved one’s health? Would it scare you? Prompt you to ask more questions? Would it help you take better care of them? These are some…

Dementia Increases Risk for Preventable Hospitalizations

A large number of hospitalizations of people with dementia may be preventable, according to a just released study from the University of Washington. Researchers found that elderly people with dementia had a 78% higher risk of being needlessly hospitalized due to avoidable illness than seniors not suffering from dementia. Additionally, 86% of…

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Most Heart Attack Sufferers Won’t Take Their Meds, Even When They’re Free Would you be more likely to take medicine for a chronic health condition if you didn’t have to pay for it? New research from scientists at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has shown that, for many people with heart disease, the…

Dispose of Old Meds on National Drug Take Back Day

If your elderly loved one has extra prescription medications lying around the house, now’s the time to gather them up and safely dispose of them. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., this Saturday, April 28, seniors and their caregivers can drop off unwanted and expired prescription medications…

Senior Checking Accounts Could Be Costlier for Elderly

Your elderly loved one might be losing money if they’re depositing checks into a “senior checking account,” according to a newly released report from the Pew Center on the States. Senior checking accounts are designed to accommodate the unique banking habits of older adults, which generally include: fewer withdrawals and debit card…