healthcare delivery

20 posts

How-To Tips for Family Caregivers

My recent post “Released From the Hospital, Now What?” focused on only one of the difficult moments faced by family caregivers. Now here’s a video series for children and spouses assisting older adults at home. You’ll find practical how-to tips on a variety of medical/nursing tasks few of us are prepared to do. AARP Policy Institute’s Home Alone Revisited report highlighted a […]

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A Sobering Look at Longevity

A Blessing I remember watching Al Roker, the TV weatherman, as he celebrated birthdays of seniors in their nineties, closing in on one hundred years of age. Each was newsworthy because such longevity was unusual. Nowadays we regularly hear about people living to or over the century mark. Often they’re living independently. More often than you’d expect, they live on […]

Why think of the postal service when it comes to healthcare?

Thinking Outside the Box

Social isolation is more dangerous for older adults than smoking 15 cigarettes per week. Why? When an older person is isolated that person is more likely to eat poorly, suffer from depression, neglect to take medication as prescribed, attempt to relieve loneliness using alcohol or drugs, suffer complications from lack of follow-up on a fall or illness Who’s Walking In […]

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Seniors Aging In Place Have Unmet Needs

Finally, someone with a national voice is speaking out for “my people.” You and I, presently self-sufficient, older adults aging at home. I’ve been active on Buncombe County’s Aging Plan Committee and the regional Aging Coordinating Consortium. I find the attention of both groups drawn to the rural frail and poorest among us. Although I understand these currently pressing priorities, […]