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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 Skin Cancer Awareness Month

In the United States, we see over 5 million skin cancer cases a year. This makes it America’s most common form of cancer. Fortunately, it is also one of the most preventable forms of it. May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so Discover Health would like to share some basic facts, warning signs and preventable measures to help raise…

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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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Respite Care for Elderly Family Members

There are many reasons why families with caregivers tend to lean on respite care for their loved ones. It’s a very broad task, putting one’s needs before your own. While a caregiver’s goal is to provide your loved one with routine comfort through their everyday life, one must watch out for their own well-being as well. Caregiver fatigue or “burnout”…

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Top 5 Healthy Eating Tips to Celebrate the National Nutrition Month

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics began the annually celebrated campaign of National Nutrition Month in March of 2019. The goal is to focus on informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. This month, Discover Health would like to share some of our favorite tips for a healthy and prosperous lifetime (not just this month) of…

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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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Steps to Finding In-Home Elderly Care

While we would all like to be the ones responsible for the care of our elderly family and friends, there is only so much time in the day. Recognizing the need for the help of a trained and dedicated home caregiver can allow family members to still assist in the care of loved ones, while also having the time to…

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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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