isolation
Apr 7 2020

How to prevent being a caregiver from having a negative effect on your health

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

...older and more people are diagnosed with chronic health problems and cognitive health issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. While focused on the needs of the... Read More

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caregiving
Apr 16 2019

Strategies to help you avoid common caregiving mistakes

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn, MD

...or medication properly and getting refills when needed, filing insurance claims, managing bill paying and banking, and monitoring his or her cognitive and mental health for signs of dementia, depression,... Read More

healthcare directive
Aug 21 2018

Five times you should review and update your healthcare directive

Health Risk Management  •  By Miles Varn

...problem such as dementia or a psychological issue. You are diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer, chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder (COPD), or heart failure. Your health declines and... Read More

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geriatrician
Nov 28 2017

How to Choose the Right Geriatrician Doctor as You Get Older

Health Risk Management  •  By Susan Walker

...of drug interactions, side effects, and manage appropriate dosages as the body absorbs and metabolizes medications differently with age have cognitive issues such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease Unfortunately, there... Read More

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documents
Nov 14 2017

What Documents Do You Need to Help Your Parents Make Medical Decisions?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

...records or are having trouble finding a new doctor and getting access to the physicians they need If they’re diagnosed with a cognitive impairment such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease... Read More

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How attitude affects healthy aging
Jul 26 2016

Healthy aging: Studies identify a new link to longevity

Preventive Care  •  By Miles Varn

...researchers examined healthy people with no signs of dementia who were taking part in the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Using MRI, they found that people who had negative views... Read More

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Are you taking over the counter drugs too often?
Aug 25 2015

Are You Taking Over-The-Counter Medications Too Often or for Too Long?

Disease Management  •  By Miles Varn

...three years or more was associated with a 54 percent higher risk of developing dementia. However, no link was found in those taking lower levels of the drugs. Some antihistamines... Read More

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surgical second opinion
Jul 30 2015

Three Important Reasons Why You Should Get a Medical Second Opinion

Second Opinion  •  By Miles Varn

...determine whether someone has Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia for which the potential medications may be very different. Another condition that can be difficult to diagnose is multiple... Read More

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Improve thinking skills
Feb 12 2015

Get your kids moving to improve their thinking skills

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

There’s been a good deal of recent research on the positive effect of exercise to help improve brain health and ward off dementia in adults, but does exercise help the... Read More

Are you doing all you can to have a healthier 2015?
Jan 8 2015

The essential 2015 health-planning checklist

Personalized Healthcare  •  By Cindy Piazza

...your risk of heart disease, dementia and other serious health problems? Are you following a healthy eating plan? Do you get enough sleep each night? If you have a family... Read More

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