Geriatric Medicine: Giving a Quality of Life for the Elderly by Dr. Veena Panthangi, MD

I'm thrilled to introduce you to this week's guest columnist - Dr. Veena Panthangi, MD. Dr. Panthangi is a family medicine physician with Ascension Michigan in St. Clair Shores, where she provides comprehensive care for her patients and also provides a chronic pain clinic for elderly patients. This week, Dr. Panthangi shares insights into geriatric medicine - with a particular focus on caring for the entire person. We think you'll benefit from her perspective and experience. Enjoy!  - Terri Geriatric Medicine: Giving...

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Hearts, Health and Happiness (and Hope!)

February is Heart Health Month, which explains why I've had hearts on my mind as of late (not to mention Valentine's Day is around the corner). While researching this article, I stumbled upon some alarming statistics.  The CDC reports that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, women, and people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease. About 659,000 people in the US...

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Caregivers are Only Human – Guest Contributor Jill Gafner Livingston

Caregiving for your loved one can be an emotionally and physically exhausting experience.  For many families, the need for care comes on suddenly, and without the time and resources to adequately prepare for the circumstances. Throughout my career, I have counseled families as they make difficult and emotional decisions about the next steps for their aging family members. As a care provider, I found much comfort in the experiences and stories of individuals who have managed a care plan and hearing how they...

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Haven’t Got Time for the Pain? Tips for Managing Chronic Discomfort

Chronic pain is more common than you might imagine. Everyone experiences pain from time to time; Pain alerts us to potential health concerns and injuries. Chronic pain occurs when it lasts longer than 12 weeks. The National Center for Health Statistics approximates that 76.2 million Americans (1 in 4 people) regularly experience pain that lasts longer than 24 hours, and millions more have acute pain. It is the most common cause of Long-Term disability in the United States. Symptoms of...

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Use Your Family History to Protect Your Health

Elder Care - Six Ways to Help Your Parents Pay for Elder Care Services

Even though it’s not a super fun topic to think about, most people have a family health history of at least one chronic disease, such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes. If you have a close family member with one of these diseases, you’re more at risk for it yourself. This is especially true if more than one close relative has (or had) the disease or if they got it at a younger age than usual. Family health history is...

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4 Ways to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes This National Diabetes Month

Elder Care - Now That Your Mom Has Diabetes, What Ingredients Does She Need to Be Aware Of?

1 in 3 Americans have prediabetes, a health condition where blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to qualify as Type 2 diabetes. The good news is that in most prediabetes cases, Type 2 diabetes is not inevitable—it’s preventable. Having prediabetes doesn’t automatically mean you’ll develop Type 2 diabetes, but it does mean you’ll need to take action to keep your prediabetes from turning into something more serious. Simple lifestyle changes like eating better, getting more...

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How Seniors Can Increase Their Circulation

Companion Care at Home - How Seniors Can Increase Their Circulation

Poor circulation is something that a lot of seniors struggle with. Leg injuries, being sedentary, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other medical ailments can all contribute to poor circulation. But keeping the blood flowing throughout the body is essential for good health and for maintaining mobility as seniors get older. Having companion care at home services can help the with this condition. Here are some things that seniors can do to improve their circulation like: Move More Everyday Movement is...

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How Elderly Care Can Help With Stages of Parkinson’s

Elderly Care - How Elderly Care Can Help With Stages of Parkinson’s

Over 10 million people worldwide are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disorder or PD. This disease is more likely in older adults after the age of 50 but not always. 4% of people who are diagnosed are under 50 years older. In the United States, around 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year. It can be a shocking diagnosis, and it may not even seem like anything is wrong with the senior or loved one. There are five stages to Parkinson’s...

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Observing Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Around 50 million people worldwide are living with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia. It is important to raise awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia in older adults because the signs are commonly overlooked until abilities decline since they are similar to other age-related symptoms. Below are some facts about Alzheimer's disease and what signs to look for: What is Alzheimer's Disease? Alzheimer's, a degenerative neural disease, is the most common type of dementia...

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Taking the First Step: Diabetes Care Management and Prevention

According to the American Diabetes Association, 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. In an effort to combat rising cases, especially with Type 2 diabetes, the American Diabetes Association created Alert Day, encouraging Americans to make simple lifestyle changes in order to manage their diabetes or prevent a diagnosis all together.  Below are some simple lifestyle changes you can make: Eliminate sugary and fatty foods. Eating healthy and high fiber foods will help you maintain a healthy weight...

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