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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Aging in place: A little help can go a long way

By David Crary
 VERONA, N.J. — Retirement communities may have their perks, but Beryl O’Connor said it would be tough to match the birthday surprise she...

Dementia patients suffer dubious hospitalizations

By Marilynn Marchione One-fifth of Medicare nursing home patients with advanced Alzheimer’s or other dementias were sent to hospitals or other nursing homes for questionable...

Alzheimer’s debate: Test if can’t treat?

Here’s why it’s an issue: Many people have brain plaques, suggesting they might be developing Alzheimer’s even if they don’t have any symptoms.

Emergency center, Mass. 2-1-1 helps with elderly concerns

Participants from over 80 state agencies and service organizations were not only discussing possible scenarios in which immediate action to save lives would be necessary, but making sure 2-1-1 was ready to handle the thousands of expected calls from people reporting power outages and flood damage and requesting emergency services.

Builders cite rise in ‘mother-in-law suites’

Betsy McCann and her husband, Jim Forbes, often worried that his mother was growing isolated in her Los Angeles-area home. At 90, Lois Brokus had stopped driving and was sometimes afraid to be alone in her house.

AARP’s campaign suggest ways to prepare for disasters

AARP’s Create The Good’s Operation Emergency Prepare toolkit helps individuals and groups get organized before an emergency or natural disaster takes place. The free...

Holistic approach for elder care gaining in popularity

When it comes to serving patients in the next 20 years, that holistic approach — looking at all components of a person’s social, emotional and physical well-being — will increasingly serve an aging population.

Memoir highlights caregiver’s long-term health care challenges

Decades after screen star Bette Davis famously declared that “growing old is not for sissies,” Estelle Gross expanded on the woes of the ailing aged with her lament that people live too long and die too slowly.

Case managers play critical role in assisting with hospital discharge

By Angela Penny When your loved one has an acute injury or surgery, there are many decisions to make during the hospital stay. One of...

Tribute to late aunt results in Mass. Guide to Nursing Home Care brochure

Within 24 hours of being admitted, Miller suffered a seizure and was brought to a hospital. When the hospital called the nursing home to report Miller was ready to return, the facility said it wouldn’t accept her back.