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Common myths about nursing homes: Will Medicare pay?

Sunday, August 3 2014 2:39 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
True or False: There is no need to worry about paying for a nursing home (rehab or skilled nursing center) stay. Medicare will fund everything. Answer: False. Medicare only pays for a nursing home stay if the beneficiary has had a three-night stay in a hospital within 30… Read Article

Senate hearing examines the impact of hospital status

Friday, August 1 2014 2:37 AM
Categorized In Senior Advocacy
(Washington, D.C.) – Provider magazine is reporting this week about U.S. Senate hearings focusing on Medicare requirements for hospital stays. Senators have learned the use of the observation status for Medicare recipients has created a confusing situation t… Read Article

Yoga for what ails you

Friday, August 1 2014 2:36 AM
Categorized In Well-being
Do you want to exercise more, lose weight or live a more stress-free life? Yoga might help with all three. For some, the word “yoga” evokes images of people bending their bodies in strange positions. While some stretching is involved, the practice of yoga encompas… Read Article

Roll up your sleeve, please!

Saturday, July 26 2014 2:34 AM
Categorized In Well-being
Have you made plans to get your annual influenza (flu) vaccine? Fall will be here before we know it, and that’s a good time to get the vaccine. It’s usually available in September through the winter months, but some providers are already setting up appointments to ad… Read Article

Take these 8 important steps before you become a caregiver

Saturday, July 26 2014 2:29 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
The transition to becoming a caregiver can be gradual or sudden. If you have an aging parent or loved one, you should be prepared for either scenario. Get started with these eight important steps: 1. Talk with your loved one  Preparing to become a caregiver starts wit… Read Article

Memory Care Facility Approved for Olathe Medical Park

Friday, July 25 2014 8:57 PM
Categorized In Cedar Lake Village News
OLATHE, KAN. (July 2, 2014) – A new option for families dealing with memory care needs will be available in the near future.  The Cedar Lake Village Board of Directors and the Olathe Medical Center Board of Trustees have both approved the launch of a new mem… Read Article

Tips to prevent skin cancer and enjoy the sun

Friday, July 18 2014 1:10 AM
Categorized In Well-being
Most people like to get a little sun. Its warmth and light can relax us and boost our spirits. But the benefits come with a dangerous tradeoff: skin cancer.   Ninety percent of skin cancer diagnoses are caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays (UVR). Most of the skin da… Read Article

Where’s the joy in growing old?

Thursday, July 17 2014 1:07 AM
Categorized In Faith
The aging process is an inevitable fact of life. One day, we are getting married and raising our families.  The next, we are facing retirement and grandchildren. We look in the mirror and see the eager energy of our youth masked by time. Aging can have its downside. The … Read Article

Making more room to enjoy your life at home

Tuesday, July 8 2014 1:05 AM
Categorized In Home
After you’ve lived somewhere long enough, the clutter of life can start to pile up. For some, that clutter is as simple as a few boxes of old clothes piled up in the garage or a “junk” closet full of who-knows-what in the basement. For others, it’s entire… Read Article

Take a break: Why respite care is good for you, your loved one

Thursday, July 3 2014 2:24 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
Are you helping to care for an elderly family member or friend? Then you’re one of approximately 50 million Americans who are considered senior caregivers. Even a few hours of care per week can make a huge difference and help a senior avoid moving into an assisted livin… Read Article

Tips help ease discomfort with memory loss

Tuesday, July 1 2014 1:02 AM
Categorized In Memory Care
Have you ever felt uncomfortable or at a loss when visiting a loved one who has Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia? Have you avoided or dreaded visits because a previous experience was uncomfortable? If so, you’re certainly not alone. No matter how deeply we ca… Read Article

12 easy things you can do to prevent memory loss

Saturday, June 28 2014 2:53 AM
Categorized In Memory Care
Research suggests that keeping your brain stimulated, socializing, proper nutrition and physical exercise are some of the best ways to promote cognitive health. Try these simple ways to prevent memory loss. Source:  Click here to view the original article.

What is the role of social services in a nursing home?

Sunday, June 22 2014 2:44 AM
Categorized In Senior Care & Services
If I had to define social services staff members in one phrase, I would say, “Jacks of all trades.” Their duties and schedules change from moment to moment in order to best serve the individuals in their care. From a regulatory perspective, social services are d… Read Article

Preventing loneliness: How to keep your parents connected

Saturday, June 21 2014 2:31 AM
Categorized In Well-being
Loneliness isn’t just a feeling. It can cause depression, anxiety, chronic pain, sleep problems and other health issues. And it currently affects 43 percent of adults age 60 and older. With the senior population projected to increase to more than 79 million by 2040… Read Article

Are organic foods really better for you?

Wednesday, June 18 2014 2:21 AM
Categorized In Diet
We often hear the terms “organic,” “locally grown,” “sustainable” and “natural,” but it can be difficult to understand exactly what these terms mean. The USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) certifies organic food production… Read Article

Activities for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease

Thursday, June 12 2014 2:19 AM
Categorized In Memory Care
Have you ever known someone with Alzheimer’s disease who can sing every word of an old hymn but has difficulty calling you by the right name? The reason is related to the type of memory being used. If someone has sung hymns all their life, he or she may be able to automati… Read Article

Physical therapy spotlight: Lymphedema wraps

Friday, June 6 2014 2:03 AM
Categorized In Well-being
The lymphatic system helps us stay healthy and free of toxins. When this subgroup of the circulatory system gets a blockage, however, the built-up lymph fluid causes your arms, legs or other parts of your body to swell. Our physical therapy department can help decrease the sw… Read Article

Dizzy? You could have a vestibular dysfunction

Tuesday, June 3 2014 2:01 AM
Categorized In Well-being
Have you ever felt like your head was spinning—perhaps when you fell in love or took a long-awaited trip? That’s a fun feeling. But when you truly feel dizzy, it’s usually because the parts of your inner ear and brain that control balance and eye movement aren&… Read Article

Maximize your time with your doctor

Saturday, May 31 2014 1:58 AM
Categorized In Well-being
As we age, visits to the doctor tend to get more frequent. You might be visiting a family practice physician for a periodic exam, an orthopedic surgeon for knee pain or a cardiologist for chest pain. Regardless of the type of doctor you are visiting, there are five things you sh… Read Article

Is it Alzheimer’s disease? Memory loss and misplacing items

Saturday, May 24 2014 3:43 AM
Categorized In Memory Care
Have you ever been going somewhere and, for a moment, you forgot your destination? Have you ever misplaced an item or forgot an appointment, only to remember it when it was too late? Most people, regardless of age, would have to answer “yes” to these questions. Wh… Read Article