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The New Health Care Partnership: How America's Hospitals, Home Care Agencies And Community Physicians Are Working Together To Improve Outcomes And Reduce Costs

Marki Flannery | Posted 10.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Picture this scenario: An elderly woman suffering from chronic heart failure arrives at her local emergency department with shortness of breath -- but...

A Touch Can Be Worth A Thousand Words

Susan Northover | Posted 10.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Susan Northover

"The first sense to ignite, touch is often the last to burn out: long after our eyes betray us, our hands remain faithful to the world." -- Frederick ...

A New Model For Aging At Home: Care Management -- Every Step Of The Way

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 10.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

The vast majority of older Americans, 90 percent of them, want to age at home. Many have lived in their homes for decades, where they are surrounded b...

Combatting Late-Life Anxiety With Education, Support And Treatment

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 10.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

A successful former businessman develops a sudden fear of driving. A longtime homemaker is convinced she never has enough groceries in the house. It's...

Meeting People Where They Are -- Emotionally

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 09.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

For hospice to succeed in bringing quality of life to the end of life, members of our hospice team work hard to meet people where they are emotionally.

A Cure For Hepatitis C: Bringing Medication Within Reach For All

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 08.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

This new class of HCV drugs, which are much easier on the human body and virtually free of side effects, attacks the virus directly and can reduce the viral load to zero when taken correctly.

Gratitude for Dr. Oliver Sacks' Insights at the End of Life

Rosemary Baughn | Posted 02.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Rosemary Baughn

Dr. Sacks has certainly deepened our conversation and sharpened our insights about how to face the end of life with dignity, clarity and intentionality. His essays, originally published in the New York Times, drew millions of readers, and Gratitude has been on the best-seller list since it was published late last year.

Depression in the Elderly: A Common Condition That's Often Overlooked

Marki Flannery | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Depression is frequently overlooked in older individuals, in part because their condition is often expressed in physical symptoms like fatigue, insomnia or loss of appetite, as opposed to overt sadness.

The Future Is Now: A Step in the Right Direction for a Vulnerable Population

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 12.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

If we can bring quality health care to those who need it most while making payment and reimbursement less confusing or burdensome for all, we are definitely taking steps in the right direction.

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

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 10.30.2016 | 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...

Home Health Aides and the Negative Consequences of "Fair Wage" Legislation: Why Good Intentions Aren't Enough

Marki Flannery | Posted 09.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Until we agree, as a country, that the services provided by America's HHAs are worth finding the extra Medicare and Medicaid dollars to pay them what they deserve, then we will continue to suffer the negative consequences of piecemeal measures--however well-intended they may be.

New Physical Therapy Partnership Revolutionizes Post-Surgical Hip and Knee Rehab

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When Katherine*, a 70-year-old semi-retired lawyer, was recently discharged from the hospital following hip replacement surgery, the hardest part of h...

Home Health Aides, Patients and Families: The Complex Challenge of Delivering Safety (Part One)

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Although the majority of home care cases go smoothly, we need to ensure that our home health aides, nurses and therapists are also prepared for any difficulties that may arise in dealing with clients or their family members.

Hannabelle's Special Day

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 02.21.2015 | Impact
Jeanne Dennis

There are so many positive stories of people who are able to live out their final weeks and months with dignity and comfort because compassionate and highly trained hospice teams are there to provide comprehensive care, from pain management and skilled nursing to help with processing personal end-of-life goals and emotions.

Uh Oh, It's Flu Season! What You Need to Know About Flu Vaccination

Marki Flannery | Posted 02.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Influenza is a serious infection that can lead to hospitalization and even death in some individuals. Just because you are young and healthy doesn't mean that the flu can't cause you to become very sick or spread your illness to others.

Palliative Care or Hospice? It's Not About Giving Up

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

Mrs. G., a woman in her 50s, had been receiving disease-directed care for her breast cancer, but her condition reached a point where the treatment was...

Hospice Healing: Care in the Palm of Your Hand

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 10.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

When Kei Okada maneuvered his bike through the streets of Manhattan one morning recently, he had a lot on his mind, including the vehicles whizzing ar...

Learning to Embrace Empowerment in the Last Chapter of Life

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 08.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

It was Georgia's* 90th birthday party. Unlike several of the other guests (who were at least two decades younger), she was lively, bright and full of...

National Nurses Week: Home Health Aides Who Became Remarkable Nurses

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Today's newly certified registered nurses emerge ready to take on a career in one of the most rewarding industries, inspired by their own personal sto...

Not Fade Away: Rejecting a Quieter Life Keeps You Thriving

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 07.22.2013 | Fifty
Rebecca Tinsley

Retirement may be bad for you, a recent report suggests, but throwing yourself into meaningful pro-bono work offers a path to fulfilment and continuing vitality.