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An Advance Care Directive is a Plan for the Future

It’s a subject few of us like to think about, let alone discuss, but planning for a time when you may be too ill to make your own medical decisions is important. A new report suggests that more American seniors are having conversations with their doctors about this topic. However,

Caring for Elderly Parents at Home? Consider These Options

Caring for Elderly Parents at Home? Consider These Options

Whether you’re caring for elderly parents at home or planning for yourself, it’s important to make decisions and preparations for end-of-life issues.

These measures can help ensure that your parents—or you—receive the proper care while making decisions easier for loved ones. Experts advise us that the best time to begin making

Speak Up! Questions To Ask At Your Next Doctor’s Visit

Patients get an average of 18 minutes with their doctor during a regular visit, according to research from the University of Washington. That is not much time, so make every second count.

The first step is to adjust your mindset regarding the typical doctor-patient dynamic, says Catherine Sarkisian, MD, a geriatric

Address End-of-Life Issues Now to Alleviate Stress Later

It may be difficult to think about the possibility of becoming ill and unable to care for yourself, yet it is important to consider the type of care you want should you become unable to make decisions for yourself. It’s also crucial that you share this information with your loved

Surgery Late in Life: What to Consider

For older adults who are very ill, surgery is often seen as a potentially life-saving procedure. But with research indicating that one in three elderly Medicare recipients undergo surgery in their last year of life, Mount Sinai geriatrician Patricia Bloom, MD, says it is important to balance the pros and

Preparing For Unpredictable Health Events

Legal documents for health care are important because it’s impossible to predict the future. The person you love and trust today may develop dementia, which can result in a complete personality change. Sometimes these changes may cause a person to reject their spouse, hence altering the bond of trust, and

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