Reclaim your life at Waterford Rehab Center

JENISON, Mich. (WOOD) When it comes to seniors, sometimes an illness or injury requires a rehabilitation stay. Waterford Rehab Center just opened a new facility with 39 private rehab rooms and 24 assisted living homes. It offers state-of-the-art technology in a comfortable, home-like environment.

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Surprise medical bills are stacking up for many adults

One out of three American adults who have private health insurance coverage nevertheless receive what “Time Magazine” calls a “surprise” medical bill, according to a survey conducted by “Consumer Reports”. The unwelcome surprise is for procedures they think are covered by insurance but are not, ranging from a few hundred dollars for an emergency room visit to tens of thousands of dollars for an operation.

Reporter Haley Sweetland Edwards wrote the story “You Only Think You’re Covered” for this week’s issue of “Time Magazine” and she joins me now from Miami to discuss it.

So, what is the trap that people are getting caught into? You basically break it down to this in-network versus out-of-network chasm.

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Disparity in the life spans of the rich and poor is growing

Research has long established that wealthy people tend to live longer than the poor, but despite advances in medicine, technology and education, the economic ladder has been widening dramatically. Dr. Lisa Berkman, the director of Harvard's Center for Population and Development Studies, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the implications of this gap.

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3 ways technology will improve elder care

Technology has changed the way we socialize, find information and bank, and it's also having an impact on elder care.

As the population ages, adult children are increasingly taxed with taking care of their parents or footing the bill for that care, which can cost thousands of dollars per year. A proven way to reduce the burden is to keep the elderly in their homes longer, and that's where technology is coming into play.

"The home caregiver market is huge," says Murray Brozinsky, chief strategy officer of Healthline, a San Francisco-based health care IT company. "Having the ability to do monitoring remotely is saving people a lot of money."

By most accounts, technology's role in elder care is only in its infancy. Today, the most common applications center on remote monitoring, whether it's through online video conferencing services like Skype or FaceTime or through mobile devices that check vitals such as blood pressure, heart rate and glucose levels. But there is other technology that will improve elder care.

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How to spot elder abuse and neglect in the ER: Things are not always as they seem

When older adults in severely debilitated states show up for treatment in the emergency department, emergency physicians and staff must be able to identify and document their symptoms and decide whether to report their concerns to adult protective services. This is a difficult decision as the patient's symptoms may stem from willful neglect, unintentional neglect or sub-acute symptoms caused by an underlying illness than manifest as neglect. Two papers published online recently in Annals of Emergency Medicine highlight a problem that promises to grow rapidly with the aging of the Baby Boom generation.

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Re-energizing the aging brain

The human brain has a prodigious demand for energy -- 20 to 30% of the body's energy budget. In the course of normal aging, in people with neurodegenerative diseases or mental disorders, or in periods of physiological stress, the supply of sugars to the brain may be reduced. This leads to a reduction in the brain's energy reserves, which in turn can lead to cognitive decline and loss of memory.

But new research on mice shows that the brain's energy reserves can be increased with a daily dose of pyruvate, a small energy-rich molecule that sits at the hub of most of the energy pathways inside the cell. These results need to be replicated in human subjects, but could ultimately lead to clinical applications.

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Assisted living facility to open in May

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Cottages at Biscayne Park Place, 3820 Old Green Bay Road, will open in May.

An Assisted Living and Memory Care community is owned and operated by Therapeutic Assisted Living Operations (TALO) under the management of Barbara Mueller, a licensed therapist with more than 25 years of experience in geriatrics and working with the senior population. Mueller brings her extensive experience and care team of occupational therapists, physical therapists, clinical health and nutrition specialists to The Cottages.

Posted by editor on Tue, 29 Mar 2016 10:03 | Permalink

Get healthy, start walking - Columbia Basin Herald

One of my coworkers recently shared a news story regarding a new study that suggests prolonged sedentary periods like sitting increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death among people who exercise regularly.

This is a somewhat bold finding that even though you may exercise, prolonged periods of sitting could contribute to serious health issues. Many of us sit at a desk during work, so what’s the answer to keep our bodies moving? Treadmills at your desk? Yes this has become popular, but let’s face it, most of our employers are not going to install treadmills in a cubicle or office for us.

The next best thing to a treadmill is just regular, old-fashioned walking. If we took time out of each day to increase the amount of walking we do, we could keep our bodies moving a lot more. Standing is another option when it can be done comfortably, which is better than sitting. So let’s take a look at walking and its benefits.

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Exercise may slow brain aging by 10 years for older people

Exercise in older people is associated with a slower rate of decline in thinking skills that occurs with aging. People who reported light to no exercise experienced a decline equal to 10 more years of aging as compared to people who reported moderate to intense exercise, according to a population-based observational study published in the March 23, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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‘Granny Cam’ Laws Target Assisted Living

A wave of new bills about camera regulations in assisted living settings is bringing privacy issues to a head as technology increasingly tracks data and monitors resident in the senior housing industry.


While five states have implemented monitoring regulations within skilled nursing settings, two other states are looking to spread these laws into assisted living and other long-term care facilities.

These laws have been prompted by many family members that have sought increased accountability and protection for loved ones within skilled nursing facilities. Over the years, videos surfacing of elder abuse or thefts have influenced people to take protection into their own hands with camera monitoring, Jason Lundy, a lawyer who specializes in senior housing, health care and fraud and abuse with Chicago-based law firm Polsinelli, told Senior Housing News.

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