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Be Ready for the Worst

Be Ready for the Worst

Disasters. Natural and man-made. What happens to your loved one if the power goes out? What if they no longer can rely on transportation or find their medications? These issues are important to think about and plan for when caring for someone with dementia.

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Denial and the Family

Denial and the Family

As I do geriatric house calls around the Bay Area, adult children and other relatives of my patients often say, “He’s just not the way he used to be. Why can’t he be the way he used to be?” Children...

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Things Really Become Different As You Age

You may feel young at heart. Your elders may also feel young at heart. But we’re different as we age, and there’s no getting around that. Our brains are different, and they work differently as we age. How can we adjust and make that different less discouraging?

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Guest post: Palliative Care by the People, for the People: A Call for a New Grassroots Movement

Guest post: Palliative Care by the People, for the People: A Call for a New Grassroots Movement

What Do We Want? Humane, holistic affordable health care especially at the end of our lives

When Do We Want It? Now!

Most “Baby Boomers” — numbering in the millions — are going to die during the next 25-40 years. It’s not something we like to think about, but it’s true. To the extent that we do think about it, we hope to have what numerous writers in recent years have referred to as “the good death” — a death of compassion, grace, peace and understanding. Unfortunately, neither our health care system nor our culture is prepared to make that happen. If things are going to change in time to be of some benefit to us as well as those who come after us, we need to launch a political and social movement that supports peoples’ rights to appropriate health care.

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Doctor, How Long?

Doctor, How Long?

As I do geriatric house calls around the San Francisco Bay Area, I am asked this question all the time. Like many areas in geriatrics, the expected life span of a patient is often quite difficult to pinpoint. This is a huge reason why there’s a growing trend for patients to be bounced from hospice care.

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Transportation for Seniors?

Transportation for Seniors?

We periodically receive requests for information on free or low cost transportation for Seniors in the Bay Area to help them get to appointments, go shopping or visit friends. We often recommend SilverRide in the Bay Area, and found other resources thanks to DailyCaring.com. Below is a list of options by location 

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When Walking is No Longer an Option

When Walking is No Longer an Option In my last post, I wrote about how important I think it is for patients to keep moving, walking, if possible. Of course, for many patients there comes a time when...

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