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Don’t Let a Medicare Medication Denial Get You Down. Learn How to Appeal.

With older adults taking, on average, an astounding 15 – 18 prescription medications, Medicare coverage of these drugs is often crucial. And with a typical pricetag of more than $11,000 annually for the most common medications prescribed for the elderly, it can be devastating when Medicare suddenly denies coverage. And yet, that’s happening more and more frequently as Medicare plans are increasingly imposing coverage limitations on seniors – often outside of approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Continue reading “Don’t Let a Medicare Medication Denial Get You Down. Learn How to Appeal.” »

Insider Tips to Plan for a Vacation with a Senior Loved One

How we love the excitement of summer vacations! Exploring new destinations, leaving the worries of our everyday world behind, checking items off our bucket lists. And helping a senior loved one enjoy such a thrill makes it all the better. There are, however, some special considerations to keep in mind that can help pave the way to a successful vacation with a senior loved one: Continue reading “Insider Tips to Plan for a Vacation with a Senior Loved One” »

Dementia Care Tips: How to Handle Homesickness

As the saying goes, there’s no place like home; but what do you do when someone you love and care for insists on going home – when that person already IS home? Unfortunately, when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, this is an all too common conundrum. And the confusion and plaintive longing being expressed are nothing short of heartbreaking – and, if we’re honest, frustrating. Continue reading “Dementia Care Tips: How to Handle Homesickness” »

The Aging of the Sandwich Generation: Meet the Boomerangs

Sandwich generation We’re living longer than ever before, thanks to incredible advances in science and medicine, and as a result, the sandwich generation (those caring for children and parents simultaneously) are finding a new niche as they age: the boomerang generation.

“Aging together” is the descriptor for older adults whose parents are still living and requiring care. The result is a wave of seniors uprooting and relocating after retirement to live, once again, in close proximity to their elderly parents. And in some cases, the senior child is struggling with his or her own health issues, further complicating the dynamics and creating a greater risk for caregiver burnout – on both sides of the equation. Continue reading “The Aging of the Sandwich Generation: Meet the Boomerangs” »

How Just 45 Minutes a Week Can Help Those with Arthritis

ArthritisWe all need to exercise and stay as active as possible, and older adults are no exception. But for those struggling with arthritis, the pain can create a barrier to maintaining a healthy level of physical fitness.

Thankfully, the latest recommendations ease back on the intensity of activity for seniors with arthritis, indicating that as little as just 45 minutes of exercise each week is sufficient to achieve and maintain a high level of functionality – and less intimidating for those who tend to shy away from exercise. Continue reading “How Just 45 Minutes a Week Can Help Those with Arthritis” »

The GOOD News About Dementia: Tips to Promote Wellbeing

dementiaTry bringing up the term “dementia” at your next summer pool party or barbecue, and watch the overall mood of your guests quickly change from celebratory to somber. We’ve long been told (and perhaps witnessed firsthand) all of the negative connotations and associations that go along with the disease. And as there is still not yet a cure, it’s only natural that an Alzheimer’s diagnosis in a loved one brings about a plethora of concerns. Continue reading “The GOOD News About Dementia: Tips to Promote Wellbeing” »

Old Cancer Treatment that Brings New Hope for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s

Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’sWhat if there was a medication that could treat not just one, but three devastating diseases: leukemia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s? Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center are hopeful that nilotinib fits the bill. Presently approved for use in people that have one type of leukemia, a small trial is creating great excitement in its promising results to rid the brain of toxic proteins. Continue reading “Old Cancer Treatment that Brings New Hope for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s” »

Electrifying New Development for Stroke Recovery

Stroke RecoveryDeep-brain stimulation, a treatment sometimes used for Parkinson’s patients – is being tested on a stroke survivor. Doctors are hoping that the process, which involves implanting an electrode that stimulates a particular area of the patient’s brain, will reverse the patient’s paralysis post-stroke and restore mobility.

To understand how a stroke hinders normal brain function, Laurie Ann Bonkoski, a speech therapist, compares a stroke to a home whose front entrance has unexpectedly become obstructed by a fallen tree. In her work, she’s determined to get around that blockage and access other paths that can help regain as much functionality to the patient as possible. Continue reading “Electrifying New Development for Stroke Recovery” »

Ready to Unclutter? This Advice Can Help!

UnclutterMost of us have at least one area of the house that’s designated as the catch-all for everything from our high school yearbooks and stacks of photo albums to boxes of clothes, tools, and assorted memorabilia that we may have a use for “someday”. Garages, attics, closets, and hope chests were made for just such a purpose, right? Continue reading “Ready to Unclutter? This Advice Can Help!” »

The Surprising Impact of Opioids on Seniors

Impact of Opioids on SeniorsPerhaps, like many of us are prone to do, you have a preconceived notion of certain stereotypical groups of people. For example, what comes to mind when you hear the words “drug addict”? A young adult struggling to get through daily life without a fix, maybe resorting to a life of crime to finance his or her habit? Continue reading “The Surprising Impact of Opioids on Seniors” »

Home Health & Hospice Care

  • Alliance Home Health Care understands the difficulties associated with in-home care. Our nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, medical social workers, dietitians, and home health aides work closely with a patient’s physician to establish a proper treatment plan.
  • Our hospice care services are designed to help our patients live each day to the fullest extent possible in your home—and to provide comfort and support to their families as well. Patients receive visits as needed, and the hospice team is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for support and care, as needed.
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