Cardiac rehabilitation

It Takes a Village Heart attacks are scary, but what happens afterward? Many people fear having a heart attack, and while more than 12 million people suffered heart attacks in 2006 (the most recent year for which data was available), and more than 400,000 died, that still means that more than 800,000 survived. But, I... Read More

How to talk about moving to a nursing home

It Takes a Village How to talk about moving to a nursing home The decision may be forced on you suddenly—an event in the family, like the death of a parent, not only leaves you all bereaved but makes clear that the surviving parent is not capable of caring for her or himself in today’s... Read More

You can change lives

People often think of giving to and showing their love for people around the holidays, but what about the rest of the year? We may say we want to keep the Christmas spirit year-round, but too often we lose it in the depths of winter.

Healthy eyes can extend your independence

Although many of us will face difficult eye conditions as we get older, science has been marching on and treatments do exist. The three most common eye diseases as we get older are age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, and cataracts. Untreated they can cause confusion and dependence on others.

Great gift ideas for loved ones in nursing homes

This time of year, everyone’s trying to figure out what to get the people on their shopping list, and a loved one living in a nursing home may be especially hard to buy for. After all, housework and cooking are taken care of, and they have very limited space in their rooms for knick-knacks.

Should you consider long term care insurance?

Over my years as a nursing home administrator, I’ve often been asked whether long term care insurance is “worth it”—whether it’s really necessary and whether it’ll really cover everything that Medicare and Medicaid won’t.