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Helping Your Elder Avoid Falls

Helping Your Elder Avoid Falls

Taking a tumble is no trivial matter for older adults, but falling is by no means an inevitable part of aging. The sheer numbers related to falling – which happens to more than one-third of...

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Wealth and Capacity; Who Gets to Decide?

Wealth and Capacity; Who Gets to Decide?

Earlier this week, Dr. Nancy Hoffman, neuropsychologist and I (Geriatrician in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area) presented a talk about undue influence and how to address financial elder abuse. Today, I read that Sumner Redstone, 92, is ousting long time CEO/directors of his $40 billion dollar empire (including CBS and Viacom) and his estranged daughter (and VP of Viacom) is taking control. There seems to be a lot of legal action and uncertainty about the next steps for these businesses.

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Bladder Infections in Elders: What to Know

Bladder Infections in Elders: What to Know

With my elders with dementia, it is often not so straightforward.  Sometimes the symptom is that the person more is more agitated, aggressive or more lethargic. The person with dementia may not feel well, but not be able to communicate their symptoms.  This is serious.

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The Power of  Music

The Power of Music

So it seems that music can make a difference for patients whether suffering from dementia, undergoing medical procedures or post-surgery. 

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Beware Medicare Fraud!

Beware Medicare Fraud!

Someone calls and says you must join their prescription plan or you’ll lose your Medicare coverage. Don’t believe it. Whenever someone asks for your bank account number or your Medicare number, stop. Only give personal or financial information when you have verified who you’re talking to. Call 1-800-MEDICARE to make sure you’re talking to a legitimate representative.

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Choosing the Right Care Community

Choosing the Right Care Community

Here’s a recent horror story that may make the point: I had a patient with complicated medical issues who had a hip replacement operation. To my dismay, the hospital discharged this man to “assisted living.”

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