Affordable Care Act: What is it designed to do?

As we are aware, a major goal of the Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform) signed into law on March 23, 2010, is to put consumers back in charge of their health care and to correct some of the egregious practices of insurance companies (i.e., terminating health plans of patients that are currently ill), especially […]

When You Can’t Take Mom or Dad to the Doctor

Mary had been struggling with a cough for months. While her overall health was about the same as it had been for years, her cough got in the way of activities that she found enjoyable, like going to concerts and movies. She even started avoiding her card game because the ladies made comments that embarrassed […]

Not the patient, but scared of the doctor: Easing appointment anxieties

You’re not the one being poked or prodded, wearing the blood pressure cuff or sitting on the exam table. Your mother is. So why are you the one with a racing pulse, sweaty palms and a sense of unease? While you may not understand your anxiety at the doctor’s office with your elderly loved one, […]

Caregivers can use a little help too…

Are you a caregiver? If you care—without pay—for an older friend or family member or an adult with a disability, then you’re probably under a lot of stress. Between activity planning, meal preparation, managing health care, financial, and/or legal issues, and dealing with challenging behaviors often associated with care situations, you may feel your own […]