January 20th's NY Times, Science Section's "Hard Cases" column, Too Close to a Patient for Comfort, makes the case, based on AMA guidelines and other sources, that objectivity in medical care may be compromised by doctor-friends. "Medical care supplied by a relative — or an old friend, or a trusted employee — just seems so logical. After all, who could care for you more? But that is just the problem..."
Two thoughts, a dilemma..and 1 good tip at the end.
Veterans' Important Aid and Attendance Information Reblogged from AgingCare.com
Help! Aging Parents has presented information for--and about--Veteran's since a June 2010 post. This reblogged post by John Roberts, Esq. offers new and important information, in hopes that as many Vets and their widows as possible have this information in a timely manner, read the proposed regulations, and submit comments in the link provided at the end of the article-- if they feel the need. To view entire post please go to my other site.
Entertaining elders and aging parents in winter can be problematical. Too many storms and chilling temperatures lead to winter doldrums, especially in parts of the US this year.
Understandably many older people hesitate to go out, except for necessities. Cabin fever. Grumpy dispositions. Inertia. The antidote: Think spring and take elders to a flower show. Leave the cold and the reality of leafless trees and non-blooming plants and enter the sunshiny atmosphere and beauty of spring.
Image: Philadelphia Flower Show ~2013
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Three Scrumptious Treats: Middle Eastern, French, American
Mouth-watering Middle Eastern Pastries from Michigan
Many older people, seniors and aging parents, appreciate smaller portions and small tasty bites--shunning the big meals and all-you-can-eat excesses of their younger years. Metabolisms change, dietary issues develop but let's face it, a sweet treat now and then lifts spirits. If not on Valentine's Day----when?
Caregivers help 1.6 million heart failure patients at home--did you know that? Many of us have--or have had--elderly family with heart issues, mine included.
If validation is needed about the importance of heart health and heart risk --The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call February "Heart Month:" --The National Institutes of Health recognize the month, featuring a February 2015 "tool kit" from the American Heart Assn. --The American Assn. of Heart Failure Caregivers offers information especially for caregivers. --This week, February 7-14, is Congenital Heart Defects Awareness Week.
--February 6th wasNational Wear Red Day Are we all getting the message? Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for men and women. Yet many women are still not aware, evidently. And since more caregivers are women, there is a special emphasis on women's heart health as demonstrated through the "Wear Red Day" initiative.
Clearly caregiving requires putting others' needs before our own--and we get good at it, don't we! We can easily feel we're indispensable. We also know if we get very sick we're of no help to anyone---but somehow the logic escapes us when we push and overextend ourselves.
Tough talks. Dreaded discussions. Difficult conversations–often about issues involving two generations’ differing realities. Parents are good drivers.(?) Parents’ homes are still suitable.(?) Parents’ hygiene is fine.(?) The list goes on. To help parents age well, what is the reality?