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Nursing Home Know-How

The 85-and-older age group constitutes the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While many of them will remain healthy enough to continue living independently in their own homes, some may not be able to continue managing basic activities

The Blood/Brain Barrier: A Key Factor in Brain Health

The brain has its own protective shield—the blood/brain barrier or BBB. The BBB is a semi-permeable web composed of a stratum of densely-packed brain cells joined with a thin layer of cells lining the tiny capillaries on the surface of the brain. The BBB is highly effective, but it can

Find the Right Nursing Home Before You Need One

About 1.4 million Americans live in a nursing home, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, and many more will require nursing home placement in the future. However, even if you meet the strict criteria for nursing home admittance, the decision to move into one is never made easily,

From the Editor: A Home Away from Home…

This month’s issue includes pointers to help you select a nursing home. It’s useful information even if you’re in good health, since any of us could need nursing home care at short notice due to an emergency or following surgery. You can’t apply for placement in advance, but having a

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