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July 2013

How Senior Citizens Can Stay Healthy During the Summer (Guest Post) Marcela De Vivo

July 31st, 2013 | 0

Dance exercise group of senior women at beachAs we grow older, our bodies become more sensitive to environmental changes because our defenses are not as strong as they used to be when we were young. During the summertime especially, it is even easier for the heat and long days to take a toll on our physical and emotional health.

To stay healthy and safe in the midst of summer time fun, keep these tips in mind:

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A Case Managing Tablet? Christy Rakoczy

July 29th, 2013 | 1

TabletAs technology continues to improve its applications within social work and healthcare are proving to be infinite. Most recently, the emergence of a system utilizing tablets has helped case workers to save time and increase productivity exponentially.

Northwoods’ Compass CoPilot is the program being used to change the face of case management. Adapted from the company’s Compass software, it is compatible with Android tablets.

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Long-Term Care: The Crisis Nobody Talks About (Guest Post) Daniel Gaitan

July 24th, 2013 | 1

ObamaSpeachThe U.S. is running out of time to remedy its long-term health care crisis, Dr. Bruce Chernof, chairman of the Federal Commission on Long-term Care, told Chicago’s NPR affiliate. As long-term care insurance dries up and becomes more expensive, millions of baby boomers must begin planning now for uncertain futures.

“It’s important to recognize that we are going to age differently than our grandparents did,” Chernof said, “because 70 percent of folks over the age of 65 will need, on average, about three years of long-term services and support.” Twenty percent will need five years or more. Planning is vital because federal benefits will most likely be scarce; such care is not covered through standard health insurance and is not a prominent portion of Medicare or Medicaid.

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The Discharge Planner’s Survival Guide: 10 Essential Resources Christy Rakoczy

July 22nd, 2013 | 2

SurvivalGuideWhen planning patients’ discharge it is essential to ensure that best practices are followed. Ensuring that all necessary care has been provided to a patient while hospitalized and identification of needs and resources of the patient after discharge are crucial. In addition, it is imperative that patients are educated on how to care for themselves after being discharged including sharing what appointments will be needed as follow-up, medications and dosage, nutritional needs, and knowing who to contact in the event extra care or community resources are necessary. Finally, it is important to assess the patient’s ability to achieve optimum recovery by understanding needs such as transportation and family support.

There are a variety of tools and resources available to assist discharge planners that have the ability to execute a patient’s discharge effectively. Ten of the top resources are:

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What Can You Do About Stroke? – A leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. (Guest Post) RTH Stroke Foundation

July 19th, 2013 | 0

LogoHere’s a name you don’t hear every day: Johann Jakob Wepfer.  He was a Swiss pharmacologist and pathologist who lived from 1620 to 1695 — a remarkable life span for a person of that era.

He contributed many important things to the field of medicine.  He was the first to warn us that arsenic and mercury and some other things that I can’t pronounce really aren’t good for us. But his most important contribution was his study of the vascular anatomy of the brain which led to our understanding of what causes stroke.

Some time around 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the father of western medicine and the man who gives his name to the Hippocratic Oath, first recognized stroke, which at that time was called apoplexy. Because doctors didn’t connect the condition to the brain, the cause of apoplexy remained a medical mystery for centuries.

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OPFollow Friday These Healthcare Giants on Twitter Gabby Mujal

July 19th, 2013 | 0

opFFThis week we continue our segment of #OPFollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement FollowFriday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter. These twitter accounts are geriatric professionals who have done a fantastic job of tracking and announcing breaking news in areas of healthcare innovation, caring for the aging population, and peer support. We are happy to recognize them and other like-minded twitter accounts. If we missed out on any influential leaders or you think you might be a healthcare sleeping giant, let us know in the comments or tweet us @OpenPlacement. Accounts will be reviewed and vetted for appropriate content and stay tuned for future #OPFollowFriday’s.

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Elizabeth Edgerly, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Ninette Tan

July 18th, 2013 | 0

ElizabethThis month’s Health Care Trailblazer, Dr. Elizabeth Edgerly, is an influential leader in the Alzheimer’s community and a Geriatric Specialist. Her exciting new projects are focused on supporting caregivers and families who care for those with dementia. I was fortunate enough to track her down for a phone interview before she left for Boston to give a presentation at the AAIC Conference. Dr. Edgerly’s journey from psychology student to being named 2013′s Woman Health Care Executive Woman of the Year is an inspirational story for psychologists and health professionals pursuing a field in geriatric care.

 

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Medicare Funding at Risk of Being Drastically Reduced: What Does This Mean for the Rest of Us? Blake Pappas

July 17th, 2013 | 0

HEARTMedicare and Medicaid are two of the largest expenses the federal government undertakes. Due to this, these are often areas that receive some sort of cut when a financial crisis occurs. Currently, there are benefits that are being cut by the Obama administration in order to help reduce the national deficit. These cuts are going to affect individuals who are currently using Medicare, so if you or someone you know and love receives benefits from Medicare, there are a few different altering adjustments you need to be made aware of. This way you can try your best to plan accordingly.

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Affordable Care Act for Dummies (Part 2 of 2) Christy Rakoczy

July 16th, 2013 | 3

Some probamacare-for-dummiesovisions of the Affordable Care Act have already begun to be implemented. Full implementation of the legislation will occur by 2014. At that time, 30 million Americans who were previously uninsured will have access to health care. The question is: How, specifically, are patients affected by the Affordable Care Act?

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#OPFollowFriday These Health Care Giants Ninette Tan

July 12th, 2013 | 0

opFFThis week we continue our segment of #OPFollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement FollowFriday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter. These twitter organizations promote wellness and healthy living at home and have done a fantastic job of tracking and announcing breaking news in areas of healthcare innovation, caring for the aging population, and peer support. We are happy to recognize them and other like-minded twitter accounts. If we missed out on any influential leaders or you think you might be a healthcare sleeping giant, let us know in the comments or tweet us @OpenPlacement. Accounts will be reviewed and vetted for appropriate content and stay tuned for future #OPFollowFriday’s.

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