Thursday, October 02, 2014

Carol Bradley Bursack's Posts

Will Your Advanced Health Directive Help You In An Emergency?

You’ve had an advanced health directive, often called a living will, drawn up along with your other legal documents. This vital document tells medical people how you should be treated if you can’t speak for yourself. It also names a health proxy to speak for you. This advanced directive is also included in a Power Of Attorney for... Read moreChevron

CMS Increases Goal to Reduce Use of Antipsychotics in Long-term Care

It’s long been a goal of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to reduce the use of antipsychotics in nursing homes. Historically, these antipsychotics have often been used as chemical restraints to control “behaviors” in... Read moreChevron

Healthy Hearts Mean Less Risk of Vascular Dementia According to Heart Specialist

Vascular dementia, which is directly tied to heart health, is considered the second most common type of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. Considering this relationship between heart disease and dementia, I was eager to hear more about study data being presented at the annual Heart Failure Society of America meeting in Las Vegas last... Read moreChevron

Memory Box Valuable Tool for People with Alzheimer’s

People with Alzheimer’s lose their short-term memory, progressively fading deeper and deeper into their cognitive past. While I’ve often written about the value of bringing old photos and other memorabilia along for visits to elderly loved ones, I don’t believe I’ve ever before suggested anything as self-contained as a... Read moreChevron

Healthy Aging and World Alzheimer’s Month Good Pairing for September

It seems fitting that Healthy Aging Month and World Alzheimer’s Month share September for their awareness campaigns. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and no guaranteed way to avoid it, scientists have begun endorsing a healthy lifestyle as a possible way to at least Read moreChevron