Pilgrims

WRITTEN BY: MATT HOLMES This weekend my wife and I moved our kid from his crib to a big boy bed. The move was not well received. To the little guy, the bars of the crib were a comfort, something he could rely on to hold him up, to keep him safe as he slumbered,…

To Err Is Human: The High Cost of Medical Error

At NShore Patient Advocates, it is a phenomenal understatement when we say that we are passionate in our pursuit of preventing medical error for our clients.  Preventing medical error was one of the founding objectives in the creation of the company, and continues to be a driving force today. Ours is not a novel goal,…

How Much Does Diet Impact Cognitive Health and Behavior?

For quite some time reports have been surfacing linking diet to a variety of physical diseases. It has become commonplace to hear about the rise of digestive problems, food allergies, several types of cancers, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure being a result of specific foods or the lack of specific foods in our…

Tinnitus & Hearing Loss with Seniors: New Innovative Technology

Defining Tinnitus Tinnitus is the ringing, hissing, buzzing, chirping, roaring, and other head noises that affect well over 48 million Americans, according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.  Tinnitus can be associated with conditions that occur at all levels of the auditory system including noise induced hearing loss, ototoxic medications, Meniere’s disease,…

Near Death Experiences

We may not always want to acknowledge it, but often we know a relative is dying. Improved technology is allowing doctors to better predict when the end is near. Many patients are opting for hospice and palliative care at the end of their lives. This time can be exceptionally difficult for families. In addition to…

Establishing Meaningful Relationships Later in Life

My 86 grandmother recently returned from an excursion to Las Vegas to celebrate New Year’s with her boyfriend and this week they are headed to Aruba.  Her schedule is filled with taking classes at the senior center,  Mah-jong, lunch and dinner dates and Saturday Costco trips.  When she talks about her boyfriend, her smile shines bright. My grandfather passed away…

We are family: The resurgent dynamics of the aging family

The Family ‘Each family is different’ – an obvious statement in my opinion, but one worth saying. In my work, offering support to families facing various types of dementia, I have seen a theme emerge among families faced with making care decisions for an older adult. The attitudes, feelings and relationships established years ago are recreated…

The Truth about Female Retirement

I am writing a follow-up post to the blog Megan Golles authored concerning poverty in older adults. Currently, the presidential debates have focused on Medicare and Social Security as hot topics for boomers heading into retirement who want to make sure they settle down with enough. Likewise, my last post touched on healthcare savings for seniors under the Affordable Care Act. Today the country is increasingly concerned over…

Bringing Affordability to Aging

Last Thursday, June 28th, 2012, the Roberts court ruled 5-4 to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the 2010 health care reform legislation that brings health insurance to another 30 million Americans. While the legality of the legislation was challenged on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, most health care analysts are beginning to answer the what now? questions arising from the…