Archives: December 2009

Think Hospital Care is Local? Think Again.

Read this interesting story at CNN about a woman who wanted to have her baby delivered vaginally after having a previous child by C-section. Her hospital refused. So she moved. And delivered (safely and vaginally) at another hospital. I am not going to debate the medicine and science behind VBAC’s...

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Capture Your Loved Ones Story During The Holidays

As you gather with older relatives this season, you will probably find moments when you discover things about them and wish that you could capture the stories to share with others. We all have great intentions. Then time slips by and perhaps a loved one passes on and their stories...

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NASA Work With Astronauts Could Help Curtail Falling Among Elderly

Researchers at the National Space Biomedical Research Institute are working with astronauts to re-orient them to re-entry into earth and that research could benefit seniors and prevent falls. Astronauts experiencing weightlessness often suffer from disorientation, motion sickness and a loss of sense of direction because their bodies try to adapt...

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20% of Healthcare Workers Suffer from Low Morale

A recent Career Builder survey reveals that 20% of healthcare workers have low morale; 38% lack motivation; and 25% have no loyalty. Why is that important to providers, consumers, boomers and seniors? Take a look.

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More Nursing Home Myths Busted

The common myth about nursing homes is that they are places you go to die or that the mentally ill populate them. People have nothing to do; have no friends; the list goes on. Well here is a story that should shatter some nursing home myths and misconceptions. The Beaumont...

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Seniors Can Not Recall Drugs Prescribed During Hospitalization

According to a recent study by researchers at the University of Colorado nearly 9 in 10 hospitalized seniors could not name a single take-as-needed medication prescribed during a hospital stay. 88% of hospitalized seniors could not recall any medications they had been prescribed. Patients were given a list of medications...

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Taking Quality of Care and Quality of Life for Granted Can Be Lethal

A recent trip to the American College of Healthcare Administrators conference where person-centered care was conspicuously absent from the agenda and a recent study that revealed that hospital boards may not be paying as much attention to quality as they should has me worried. Because inherent in both is the...

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