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New Training Programs For Home Care Providers Are Key To Helping LGBT Seniors Age In Place Securely And With Pride

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Marki Flannery

It's absolutely essential that home health care workers receive specialized training designed to ensure they are comfortable -- and knowledgeable -- about caring for LGBT patients, and familiar with the specific needs of this population.

Navigating Your Medications: Five Questions To Ask Your Pharmacist Or Doctor

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

To help people better manage their medications, particularly those with many to manage, clinicians at VNSNY CHOICE have compiled a to-do list and five questions to ask your pharmacist or primary care physician (PCP) on a regular basis, at least annually.

Increasing Wages for Home Health Aides, Part 2: New York's Public-Private Collaboration Points the Way to a Solution

Marki Flannery | Posted 05.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

I look forward to continuing positive results as we address the problem together, in a way that ensures that the comfort, security and reassurance of a home health aide's daily care is available for all of our loved ones, if and when they need it.

Loss Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

To keep our aging population living the best quality of life possible, we need to understand the issues that can make individuals vulnerable to a sharp decline. Honoring loss and building strength wherever possible is what we must strive to do.

Observing the Wish to Die at Home

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Sometimes it's hard to understand how such a seemingly small gesture could ever be enough, but what our hospice workers see time and time again, is the power of just that single act: holding a hand, and letting go.

End-of-Life Care: Serving Those Who Served Our Country

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 03.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Doing something physical on a regular basis will increase your lung capacity, increase your sensations, and generally increase your emotional competence, especially if you pair it correctly with breath work.

Alcohol and Aging: What We Can Do to Help

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 03.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

Older people who struggle with alcohol dependency face particular challenges. Alcohol is a depressant -- producing effects that, for older individuals facing isolation, limitations in mobility, and loss of friends or family, can deepen a downward spiral in health and well-being.

Injustice anywhere: A reflection on homecare and Black History Month

Doug Moore | Posted 02.10.2016 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

In California, this month is particularly poignant for the homecare providers of the United Domestic Workers of America (UDW). On February 1, all of t...

5 Lessons In Setting Boundaries That Every Caregiver Must Learn

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 01.19.2016 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

It seems like I've been exhausted for 20 years. In just the last few months I've been waking up to the realization that this fatigue is the direct result of too much time and energy doing things that I can't or don't want to do.

5 Ways to Become an Ally for Your Aging Parents

Stacey Gordon | Posted 01.15.2016 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

In a long car ride with my musically savvy teenagers, I happily listened to the bands they enjoy most, bands with names like "Vampire Weekend" and "...

Insurance Authorizations: How to Get the Home Health Care You Need, When You Need It

Marki Flannery | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

At age 88, Mrs. J. has lived in the same Brooklyn neighborhood for more than a quarter century. A few months ago, she was taken to the hospital with a...

America's Health Literacy Conundrum: A Key to Improving the Nation's Health

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

A 75-year-old woman with congestive heart failure fails to weigh herself daily and ends up in the hospital when her symptoms suddenly worsen. A 60-yea...

Project HOPE: Overcoming Demographic Barriers to Hospice Care

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 10.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Launched this past summer, HOPE involves a targeted outreach to medical professionals and potential hospice patients in Harlem Hospital and the surrounding community it serves.

4 Myths That Make The Burden Of Caregiving Even Worse

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 09.22.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

In the middle of August, I woke up in a cold sweat, anxious about my many pre-vacation obligations, checked my email and found this message from another mom, 'Fighting the feeling of being utterly overwhelmed.'

Help Others for a Living? Here Are 5 Ways to Care for Yourself So You Can Care for Others

Nancie Vito | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancie Vito

Remember, the more care you take of yourself, the better care you can take of others. It's not selfish and it isn't taking anything away from others. On the contrary; it allows you to give the best care you possibly can, without suffering for it.

10 Best Cities For Tech-Assisted Aging In Place

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 08.21.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Technology-assisted living is not only becoming more widespread, but is particularly appealing given that the vast majority of aging adults prefer to stay in their current home as long as they can.

Remembering Helen Holt: A Champion For the Elderly

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.30.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

While many might consider Medicare the biggest milestone impacting America's elderly population, one could argue that the championing of elder care began with Helen F. Holt (1913-2015), former secretary of state in West Virginia, who passed away earlier this month.

The Quandary of Coordinated Care

Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

Rosalyn Carter said it best: "There are only four kinds of people in the world -- those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, ...

Caregivers, Clients and National Leaders to Put State of California on Trial

Doug Moore | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Doug Moore

Providing care for the severely disabled, elderly and others who need round-the-clock care is the fastest growing job in America, and about 2 million people already are working as caregivers.

Black History Is Labor History: How Jim Crow-Era Racism Is Impacting Homecare Workers Today

Doug Moore | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

This Black History Month, let's celebrate and honor Black history by recognizing and committing to all of the work we have still to do. No one is equal until we are all equal.

Steps and Missteps

Stacey Gordon | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

They may fall, but when they do, our job is to offer them a hand up, and that hand should not be attached to conditions or control.

Why Harris v. Quinn Is No Sweeping Victory for Conservatives

Capital & Main | Posted 09.01.2014 | Politics
Capital & Main

To understand what the Supreme Court did and didn't hold, you have to go back to a 1977 case called Abood v. Detroit Board of Education.

States Must Find Way to Do Right by Home Care Workers

Lee A. Saunders | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Lee A. Saunders

When does justice delayed become justice denied? For the nation's 2 million home care workers, that time may be here. But states have the power to rectify the situation, and they should.

Harris v. Quinn: A Personal View

Keith Kelleher | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Keith Kelleher

Following the progress of the latest anti-labor lawsuit, Harris v. Quinn, I'm reminded of the story of a homecare worker named Evelyn. She had recentl...

The Sexist Agenda Hidden in Harris v. Quinn

Laura Reyes | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Laura Reyes

On its surface, the case known as Harris v. Quinn now before the Supreme Court is yet another attempt to kill off public employee unions. And while that's certainly troubling enough, this case is about more than workers' rights. It potentially opens up yet another front in the war on women.