Category: Family Caregiving

long-term care
Nov 5 2019

Understanding the difference between long-term care options

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Maybe you’re exploring long-term care options for you and your spouse or partner in the future. Or perhaps your parents’ health situation has changed and they can no longer safely live by themselves. Once you start researching your options, you may realize that making this decision is more complicated than you thought. There are many... Read More

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Sep 17 2019

Expert guidance and resources for a family dealing with a rare disease

Family Caregiving

When you or a loved one is diagnosed with a rare or complex health problem, having quick access to physicians who have expertise in treating the disease makes all the difference. That’s the situation that Kathy, one of our members, faced and she shared how PinnacleCare helped her entire family understand the condition and connect... Read More

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falls
Sep 10 2019

What you can do to reduce the risk of falls as you get older

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

As you get older, your risk of falling and getting injured increases. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in four adults in the U.S. over the age of 65 reported falling and one in 10 reported getting injured in a fall in 2014, the most recent year for... Read More

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new doctor
Jul 23 2019

What to consider when you’re looking for a new doctor

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There are many reasons you may need to find a new doctor. Your doctor may be retiring. Your health insurance may have changed and you’ve got a new provider network. You moved. Or you may not feel you and your doctor are a good fit. So where should you start and what questions should you... Read More

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measles
May 7 2019

What should you do to protect your family from the measles?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Almost 20 years ago, measles was declared to have been eliminated in the U.S., but the disease has returned with a vengeance. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest report of confirmed measles cases noted 704 cases in 22 states, an increase of 78 cases since the previous week’s count. Children under 5... Read More

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mental health
Apr 9 2019

Overcoming the mental health challenges faced by teens and young adults from high net worth families

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

At first the signs were subtle. Their 19-year-old son seemed irritable and was sleeping significantly more than usual. His parents assumed it was the result of his busy schedule. Then they got a call from the dean at his college. Their son had been transported to the local hospital with a blood alcohol level of... Read More

in the hospital
Mar 5 2019

Ask these questions when an elderly loved one is in the hospital

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

Time in the hospital can be physically and emotionally taxing at any age, but for older people, time spent in the hospital can have an even bigger impact on their health and wellbeing after they’re discharged. You can help advocate for your loved ones and ask important questions. You’ll just need to be sure they’ve... Read More

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new doctor
Jan 29 2019

Over 65 and need a new doctor? What to look for

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

There are many reasons you may be looking for a new primary care physician as you get older. Perhaps your doctor is retiring or no longer accepts your insurance. Maybe you’ve moved to a new town or state. Or you could be living with several medical issues and want to work with a doctor who... Read More

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food allergies
Jan 22 2019

Tips for safer travel with food allergies

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you or someone in your family is living with food allergies, you probably have a system in place to prevent accidental exposure to the foods that cause those allergies and a plan to handle any allergic reactions that may occur. But what happens if you’re traveling? What steps can you take to lower the... Read More

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caregiver
Jan 15 2019

Strategies to help caregivers manage stress

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

If you’re a caregiver for a spouse or partner, child living with a serious illness or chronic condition, or aging parent or family member, you have a lot on your plate. And while taking care of family members who need you can be rewarding, it can also be very stressful. Unfortunately, one thing caregivers often... Read More

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