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Assistance & Advocacy AARP 601 E St., NW, Washington, DC 20049 888-687-2277; www.aarp.org/ A nonprofit organization that offers information and resources, educational programs, advocacy, community services and support for adults 50 and older Alzheimer’s Caregivers online support www.thealzheimerspouse.com/ Offers education, information and support to persons caring for someone with a progressive memory problem Alzheimer’s Association […]

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Glossary of Terms

Adaptive equipment Products that allow individuals to live at home independently. Examples of such products include wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen supplies, hospital beds, commodes, grab bars, hand rails, canes, walkers, tubs seats, traction equipment and lifts. Some of the equipment must be rented, other types purchased, and with some, individuals have a choice to either rent […]

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Elder care: Nursing home bill now $91K

Most people don’t realize how expensive this care can be until a parent or family member needs it. And then it’s a real shock.

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Getting patients therapy may speed recovery

Hospitals have long nudged less critical patients out of bed, to prevent their muscles from wasting away. But studies in ICUs have shown that some of the sickest of the sick also could benefit.

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Tool may predict future dementia problems

MINNEAPOLIS — Researchers have developed a new scoring system to help determine which elderly people may be at a higher risk of developing the memory and thinking problems that can lead to dementia, according to a new study published in the March 18 online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of […]

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Tour a Nursing Home

Here are some guidelines to help you know what to look for when visiting nursing homes. There are a wide array of characteristics that affect quality of care in nursing homes, and some of these will affect your care or your loved ones care more than others. So don’t be overwhelmed by the sheer number […]

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