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Depression—A Common and Serious Illness

August 17th, 2015|

Everyone occasionally feels blue or sad. But these feelings are usually short-lived and pass within a couple of days. When you have depression, it interferes with daily life and causes pain for both you and those who care about you.

Let Your Voice Be Heard

August 14th, 2015|

The Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC) is looking for Advisors for their Beneficiary and Family Advisory Council, or BFAC.

Aging Is Inevitable. Disability Is Not!

August 14th, 2015|

I teach a program for adult and senior women who want to live an active and healthy life. To set the tone for change, I always start off by saying, “Aging is inevitable, but disability is not.”

Growing Up With Medicare – Sue’s Story

August 13th, 2015|

I still remember watching the news on TV 50 years ago, and seeing the signing of the new Medicare law. I was just 21.

President Lyndon Johnson was in Missouri with former President Harry Truman, who received the very first Medicare card. At the time, it didn’t even occur to me that it was anything that I would need or be using. What do I care when I’m 21?

Staying Independent as You Age

July 20th, 2015|

We all want to stay as independent as possible as we age, enjoying a simpler lifestyle and being both wiser and calmer. We hope for the ability of doing daily tasks such as walking, bathing and dressing.

Celebrate National Nursing Home Week

May 11th, 2015|

National Nursing Home Week (NNHW) encourages all to celebrate those that make a positive difference in residents’ lives every day. Organized by the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the observance provides an opportunity to honor all who contribute to our nation’s nursing homes, including residents, family members, employees and volunteers.

This year’s theme, “Bring on

Help Caregivers During Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November 1st, 2014|

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Two Christmases ago, my parents brought my grandmother over to my house to make homemade sugar cookies. We used the recipe that she passed down to my mother and my mother passed down to me.

Caregivers Need Support Too

November 1st, 2014|

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When my grandmother was placed in a nursing home for rehabilitation after an illness, I felt incredibly guilty. This very independent woman who had raised a family of four children after the death of her husband to cancer, now needed full-time care.

Do You Understand Your Medication Instructions?

October 1st, 2014|

Healthcare can be complicated, and the way doctors and pharmacists speak to us about our medications can sometimes be confusing too. There are a number of resources to help you understand and organize your medications.

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