Caregivers

5 Summer Sun Safety and Health Tips

The dog days of summer can certainly keep some folks indoors; cooling off in the comfort of their ceiling fans and air conditioning units. The other side of that coin is the yearn to be outside; enjoying nature and soaking up the vitamin D fueled rays of the summer sun. Whether you’re taking a summertime hike, relaxing poolside, or enjoying…

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10 Ways to Boost Your Health This Summer

Summertime can bring a less intensive schedule for most people, opening up plenty of free time to focus on one’s health. Introducing new ways to boost your well being is a great way to enjoy the relaxing days of summer. We at Discover Health have built a comprehensive list of great ways for people of all ages to promote your…

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Seeking for health care as an LGBTQ elder

During Pride Month, I have realized the unique health challenges that face the LGBT elder population. But what most concerned me is the discrimination and accessibility LGBT elders face when seeking health care. Over the course of my nursing career, there has not been any formal training in cultural sensitivity to the LGBTQ and elder population. For this population experiencing…

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What You Should Know About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is the 5th leading cause of death for people over the age of 65 in the US. With no known cure, it’s important to be able to identify in the earliest stages. This helps treatment, care, and prevention to be practiced properly. Because of the nature of its symptoms, caregiving is practically inevitable for patients. Here are a…

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Observing National Alcohol Awareness Month with Discover Health

Over centuries, even before European settlers arrived, alcohol has been used as a coping mechanism heavily in American culture. The traditions and rituals that come along with the social aspect of alcohol make it pretty hard to avoid. Had a long week at work? The first thing on many people’s minds is happy hour. Celebrating a milestone birthday or a…

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Celebrating American Heart Month with Discover Health

In February 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed the first American Heart Month in hopes to raise awareness for cardiovascular health across the country. The federally designated event promotes understanding healthy heart practices and encourages involving your own friends, family, and community.  5 Basic Facts About Heart Disease Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and…

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Searching for Transitional Care Management

For most patients and their families, an unexpected stay in the hospital can a disorienting and possibly life-changing event.  In addition to health concerns that brought them to the hospital in the first place, patients are often bombarded with a huge amount of complex information, within a short period of time. From new diagnoses and medications to arranging follow-up appointments,…

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Respite Care for Elderly Parents

While the importance of the physical and mental health of our elderly loved ones remains paramount, the overall health of caregivers is too often overlooked. The demands of taking care of an elderly parent can sometimes become overwhelming. Caregivers need and must take breaks. Respite care for elderly parents provides short-term breaks that can relieve stress, restore energy, and promote…

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What does a patient advocate do?

Recently, a client came to me for help with managing a chronic illness that was having a tremendous effect on her daily life. The client’s symptoms made it difficult for her to work or have loving relationships with family members. Even eating and sleeping became difficult. Her situation became even worse when the medical bills began to arrive. It was time…

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Changes in Caring for Elderly Parents

The responsibility of caregiving in the past generally fell to a middle-aged, stay-at-home woman, often a mother, who while attending to the needs of her household, had the added responsibility of caring for elderly parents. Nowadays all family members are more likely to have a role in the care of an elder family member. As the baby boomer generation enters…

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