Outpatient rehabilitation suffer fewer post operative complications

Over one million knee and hip operations are performed annually in the United States contributing to rising health care costs. One study concluded that patients discharged to their home with outpatient rehabilitation suffered fewer post operative complications than patients transferred to a rehab facility postoperatively. An Australian study concluded that patients who performed a home exercise program recover just as well as those in rehab facilities. After Knee or Hip Replacement, No Place Like Home By JANE E. BRODY | Read Entire Article Growing numbers of Americans are outliving their joints. More than a million operations are done annually to Continue Reading

Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom

A reporter who calls Vermont home researched who owned the seemingly abandoned two acres next to his farm. He was surprised to learn it was owned by Russian exile and Nobel Laureate for Economics, Wassily Leontief then his daughter Svetlana Alpers, noted art historian. When the reporter interviewed his neighbor, Ms. Alpers shared memories of her idyllic childhood summers foraging for strawberries and mushrooms and stargazing. Ms. Alpers loves her land and has told her sons she wants her ashes scattered there. In Vermont’s remote Northeast Kingdom, two acres of mystery By Colin Nickerson | Read entire article On a Continue Reading

Senior Activities Best for the Brain

A new study shows that dancing may be the best activity for your brain’s processing speed as you age.  Healthy yet sedentary people in their 60’s and 70’s with no signs of cognitive impairment participated in the University of Illinois in Urbana study – they were divided into groups and assigned different forms of activity like walking, stretching and balance training and dance requiring choreography and a partner.  The study results showed that almost everyone performed better on thinking tests than at the start of the study with the dancing group showing the most improvement.  The study also showed that Continue Reading

What is palliative care? How can it help you?

The New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper offers a series of articles about palliative care. Read the article below to learn more about palliative care and how it can help you and your loved ones. Palliative care: ‘Bringing medicine back to where it’s supposed to be’ By GRETCHEN M. GROSKY | New Hampshire Union Leader It’s 8 a.m. and a group of doctors, nurses, social workers and spiritual counselors gathers around a conference table in a building at Concord Hospital. The team of palliative care providers brings out a Himalayan prayer bowl and for more than an hour, takes turns speaking Continue Reading

Protect Your Parent From Delirium

Help a hospitalized loved one avoid delirium by following the HELP (Hospital Elder Life Program) suggestions. Delirium is an acute and fluctuating disorder of attention and cognition which appears can manifest itself differently in different people.  Factors that contribute to delirium in elderly patients are dehydration, immobility, sleep deprivation, hearing impairment or vision impairment and cognitive impairment. The HELP program is offered in over 200 hospitals in the United States but families can help their hospitalized relation by following the HELP guidelines.  For more information, follow our link to the article. How You Can Protect Your Parent From Delirium By Continue Reading

97 Year Old Twin Sister’s Touching Tribute

Together at birth and at death, twin sisters, Martha William and Jean Haley, die tragically on the same day from a fall and exposure.  Sharing a special bond, the sisters stayed close to each other throughout their lives, not letting more that a day pass without seeing each other. On what turned out to be their last day together, they shared it by doing one of their favorite activities – eating a favorite restaurant.   Read the touching tribute paid to the sisters by their family. Together for 97 years, twin sisters meet tragic end By Mark Arsenault and Andy Continue Reading

Women Have Less Income In Retirement Than Men

Across all age groups, women have considerably less income in retirement than men, according to a report from the National Institute on Retirement Security. Between gaps in employment due to child rearing or caring for an aging relative and earning less than men, women are entering retirement with having earned less than their male counterparts. Between the pay gap and having worked less time, eighty percent of women age 65 and older are more likely to be impoverished than men. Read this NYT article and find out how to save for your retirement. Money Worries for Retired Women By Kerry Continue Reading

Why You Need A Will

A recent survey found that just 36 percent of adults with minor children had a will. One important function of a will is for parents to name a guardian to care for their children, in the event of their death. Other functions include the distribution of wealth according to your wishes. Many people fail to realize that if they die without a will, a myriad of issues may like ensue causing time, money and stress to those you’ve left to deal with it. To learn more, read the following NYT article. Why You Should Get Around to Drawing Up a Continue Reading

The Freedom of Planning for Your Own Death

Read this interview with Amy Pickard, founder of “Good to Go!” who has developed an instruction manual for “death duties” associated with someone’s passing like funeral planning and other end of life issues: When Amy Pickard’s mom died in 2012, Pickard found herself totally inundated with details to handle—in addition to a funeral that needed planning, there were endless logistics associated with settling her mom’s affairs. Who had keys to her house? Passwords for her cable and utilities accounts? Who was entitled to all her personal items, like photos and journals—and whose job was it to sort through them? Pickard—like Continue Reading

Elders Keep Their Mind Active and Healthy

Stay sharp in your 70’s and later by socializing and engaging in mind-stimulating activities. The Boston Globe recently published an article discussing the benefits of an active mind for elders. Games, crafts, other activities may safeguard aging brain Boston Globe: Even in your 70s and beyond, simple activities including Web-surfing, playing bridge, and socializing can stave off mental decline, new research says. Benefits were greatest in computer users and in those without a gene variation linked with Alzheimer’s disease. But even among seniors with that trait, mental decline that sometimes precedes dementia was less common among those who engaged in Continue Reading