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social isolation

Ending Social Isolation in Seniors

Isolation and loneliness have been linked to a variety of health risks, such as a higher rate of heart attack, stroke, depression, anxiety, and even premature death. Social isolation, especially among the senior population, is fast becoming an epidemic in America. Loneliness, however, is reversible; there are things individuals and communities can do to help seniors feel included.

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Improving Care Transitions at Home

Designed for healthcare and caregiver professionals, the webinar overviews patient-centered care and the social determinants of health. Watts and Tappenden will discuss how a care recipient’s home setting, healthcare access and social support affect how well and how long the person remains safe and comfortable at home.

WWII Veteran Anderson Wilson

WWII Veteran Details Days in “Ghost Army”

As a member of the Ghost Army, Anderson Wilson became part of a best-kept secret for 50 years. “There was no other unit like it in the Army,” says Wilson. “We went overseas in the largest convoy that ever crossed the Atlantic Ocean.”

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Veteran Turned Caregiver Continues to Serve

"Oddly enough, my military training has served me well as a caregiver,” says caregiver Lucy Allen. “There are days when a challenge might make you want to give up, but you just keep pushing forward."

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Celebrating Thanksgiving Safely With Senior Loved Ones

The family is coming for Thanksgiving and mouths are already watering just thinking about Grandma’s pumpkin pie. But did you know that during the Thanksgiving holiday, an increased number of older adults go to the emergency room? Some ER physicians see up to a 20% rise in elderly patients during the holidays.

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Alleviating Holiday Stress for Family Caregivers

Family and friends love to gather for the holidays, but for families who care for an ill or aging loved one, the holidays can bring on extra stress. If just the idea of getting out of the house or inviting guests into your home elicits sweaty palms and sleepless nights, read on for some holiday breathe-deep help.

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10 Common Causes for Hospital Readmissions

While this isn’t a complete list, it will help you play an active role to ensure your recovery at home is successful so you can avoid another hospital stay.

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RightTransitions® Assists Patients Returning Home

Roughly one in six Medicare patients who leave a U.S. hospital will be readmitted within 30 days. For patients who are discharged from a hospital or care facility, having a trained caregiver at home can mean the difference between staying at home and being readmitted. 

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What Is a Medicare Advantage Plan?

“Medicare Advantage plans include the benefits of Parts A and B, and normally also include Part D, which is prescription drug coverage,” says Doug Robertson, Healthcare Regulation and Compliance Manager at Right at Home. “Medicare Advantage plans can include smaller ancillary benefits like vision, dental and now home care. While Medicare provides the same benefits regardless of geography, Medicare Advantage plans can differ from county to county and certainly from one state to the next.”

Caregiver Betty Ruff

Lifelong Caregiving: Creating a Rich and Meaningful Life

Betty retired from State Hospital in the 1990s, but she couldn’t shake her need to care for others. She provided regular care for the 95-year-old woman, taking her out for some exercise, to the beauty shop to get her hair and nails done, out to lunch on Saturdays, and to her church on Sunday mornings. The two women loved passing time together, spending most days together for five years, until the older woman passed away at the age of 100.