For older adults and those with disabilities, Medicare is invaluable when it comes to doctor visits, hospitalizations, prescriptions, and more. And with the rising number of seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease – and an equally increasing cost for Alzheimer’s care – it stands to reason that families are counting on Medicare to help. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s care expenses currently cost our nation as much as $277 billion this year alone, and are expected to cross the $1 trillion mark by the year 2050. The key to determining if Medicare will cover any or all of these expenses boils down to one significant question: are care needs deemed medically necessary, or custodial? Medically Necessary Care The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid … [Read more...] about What You Should Know About Alzheimer’s and Medicare
One out of every five older adults is impacted by some type of mental illness, and a third of those seniors remain undiagnosed and untreated. Reasons for this vary and include: the stigma associated with mental health concerns, the isolation that’s all too common with older adults, transportation difficulties, financial concerns, and more. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, providing the perfect opportunity to learn the signs to watch for that could indicate the need for an evaluation and treatment for the seniors in your life, and to help ensure that all seniors have access to the care they need. If you notice any of the following in an older adult, it’s important to relay the information to the senior’s physician: Excessive fatigue, depressed mood, sleeping too much or too … [Read more...] about Top Symptoms of Mental Illness in Elderly Individuals
Those with rheumatoid arthritis (or RA) know all too well about the pain, stiffness, and deformity that it brings. What they may not know, however, is that those symptoms could be reflective of an entirely different condition that closely mimics rheumatoid arthritis. For instance: Psoriatic arthritis causes similar joint pain and stiffness; yet unlike RA, the majority of patients experience psoriasis first – something that does not occur in RA. Gout is a type of arthritis that leads to tenderness and swelling of the joints, often with such intense pain that even the slightest touch can be excruciating. Gout is caused by excess levels of uric acid, however, unlike RA. Inflammatory erosive osteoarthritis causes inflammation to the joints; yet in IEO, inflammation will eventually … [Read more...] about Pain in the Neck: Conditions that Mimic Rheumatoid Arthritis
=Caring for a loved one is a great honor and provides a wealth of rewarding benefits. Yet it can also become overwhelming for caregivers who are trying to maintain a healthy life balance, meeting all of their own needs in addition to those of their loved one. And for many caregivers, because they’re so focused on others, feelings of burnout or depression can be difficult to recognize. THE MEDICAL TEAM recommends watching for these warnings signs in family members who are serving as caregivers for their loved ones: IsolationDisinterest in previously-enjoyed pastimesToo much/too little sleepUnhealthy eating/weight gain or lossLethargyFeelings of irritability, helplessness, or hopelessnessMore frequent occurrence of illness These feelings can strike family caregivers due … [Read more...] about How to Recognize Isolation & Depression in Caregivers
When a patient is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, it’s the beginning of a number of life changes to come, and can leave the person feeling uncertain as to how to move forward and meet the challenges ahead. Maintaining a sense of control is important, and can be accomplished by putting together a plan of action to address current and future needs THE MEDICAL TEAM suggests beginning with these four steps: Choose the best medical professional. It’s important to ensure the doctor who will be treating the disease is highly qualified, fully trusted, and easy to communicate with. It’s perfectly acceptable to get a second opinion and/or to shop around to find the best fit. Team up with others. Those with Parkinson’s need a strong network of support. Following the initial diagnosis, … [Read more...] about What’s Next After a Parkinson’s Diagnosis?
If your doctor has recommended hip replacement surgery, you’re in good company; as many as 2.5 million Americans are currently living with a hip implant, according to the Mayo Clinic. With a little advance planning and preparation, you can ensure your home is conducive to the unique needs you’ll experience post-surgery, allowing for enhanced safety and a reduced risk of falling. THE MEDICAL TEAM’s in-home care experts offer the following room-by-room recommendations: BedroomMake sure clothing is easily accessible, without the need for reaching high or bending low. If necessary, move your favorite and most commonly worn items into middle drawers and the front of your closet. Also note that an unusually high bed will be more difficult to climb in and out of after your surgery. You may … [Read more...] about Preparing the Home for Hip Replacement