Topic: Eldercare

home safer
Jan 14 2020

Tips to help you make your home safer as you get older

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

A report from researchers at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University projects that by 2035, one in three households in the U.S. will be headed by someone who is 65 or older and many of these people plan to age in place, staying in their homes as they get older. While there... Read More

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dementia
Dec 17 2019

Navigating the holidays when a loved one has dementia

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

For people who are the caregivers for a parent, spouse, partner, or other family member living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia, the holidays can be complicated. First, there’s the stress of continuing to provide care during an especially busy time of year and striving to maintain consistency and calm for the person... Read More

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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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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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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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healthcare directive
Aug 21 2018

Five times you should review and update your healthcare directive

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

If you have an advanced healthcare directive that outlines what types of medical care you do and do not wish to receive and who should make medical decisions for you if you cannot make them for yourself, then you’re better prepared than nearly 2/3 of Americans. But getting your wishes down on paper in the... Read More

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assisted living
Feb 27 2018

Signs it may be time for your parents to consider assisted living

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Independence is important to all of us as we get older. Many people resist even talking about getting in-home support or moving to an assisted living or long-term care community until they face a serious illness or injury or death of a spouse or partner. But putting off this discussion means that arrangements must be... Read More

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aging parents
Jan 9 2018

Technology that can help you care for your aging parents

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

There’s a technology solution for pretty much everything these days. You can use an app to unlock your front door, even if you’re far from home. Smart thermostats can adjust the temperature throughout the day to help you save energy. Even your car may have an onboard system that lets you call for help if... Read More

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geriatrician
Nov 28 2017

How to choose the right doctor as you get older

Health Risk Management  •  By Susan Walker

Throughout your adult life, you probably received most of your healthcare from a primary care doctor. As you reach your mid- to late-60s however, it may be time to consider choosing a new doctor who focuses on treating older adults or a geriatrician. While one in four adults is living with multiple chronic health problems... Read More

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