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Read about three important criteria when selecting a
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Trust Fraud  –  Drug Abuse  –  Rating Manipulation

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that are government rated and updated monthly

This is What it Really Feels Like to Have Alzheimer’s

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“When will the madness end?” “When will things get better?” Questions we all ask. Everyone wants answers. And you will see some answers, from some “experts.”

But is it what a patient indeed goes through? Is what they are telling you, is that what it’s like to be a patient of this horrible disease? Or are they wrong? Here is my take on this disease. From a patient’s perspective.

The truth of the matter is this madness will never end. It will sometimes subside. You will see glimpses of your loved one from time to time.

Alzheimer’s – Onset

A most inspiring TED video by one experiencing the onset of Alzheimers

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Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer

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By Oliver Sacks February 19, 2015 in the NY Times
Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, is the author of many books, including “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.”

A MONTH ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a mile a day. But my luck has run out — a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver. Nine years ago it was discovered that I had a rare tumor of the eye, an ocular melanoma. Although the radiation and lasering to remove the tumor ultimately left me blind in that eye, only in very rare cases do such tumors metastasize. I am among the unlucky 2 percent.

Alzheimer’s – 4 Pillars Of Prevention

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Recent research confirms what we have known for some time now: magic bullet drugs are not the final answer in fighting Alzheimer’s. The only effective way to prevent Alzheimer’s, or even slow its progression, at this time in history is by harnessing the power of an integrative medical approach.

Nursing Home Ratings Change

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Many facilities score lower under tougher standards
Peter Eisler and Christopher Schnaars USA TODAY 2/22/15

WASHINGTON Nearly a third of the nation’s nursing homes are getting lower scores on the government’s five-star quality scale, a reflection of tougher standards for ratings used by nearly 1.5 million consumers to assess care at more than 15,000 facilities.
Some excerpts from the article which is too long to display here. You have the option to download the article.

About 61% of all nursing homes got lower quality-of-care scores as a result of the changes, but the declines weren’t dramatic enough in most cases to affect a facility’s overall rating, a USA TODAY analysis shows. About 28% of nursing homes dropped one star in their overall ratings, including more than 1,200 that lost their coveted five-star status. About 3% of facilities fell two stars.

•The average overall rating among all nursing homes dropped from 3.46 stars to 3.14 stars. Only 341 homes, or 2.3%, saw their overall ratings increase under the new measurement system.

•The biggest drops came in scores for quality of care, where the average for all nursing homes fell from 4.18 stars to 3.3 stars. No ratings category changed more, not only because it reflects the addition of data on anti-psychotic drugs, but also because other quality measures were made tougher.

•Nearly 20% of all nursing homes got the lowest possible score on the new measure of anti-psychotic drug use — CMS scored them on a curve, giving one star to homes ranked in the bottom fifth. Facilities were docked for using the drugs on residents unless they were indicated for specific conditions, such as schizophrenia, Huntington’s Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome. (see an article on Drug Abuse in our Search For Nursing Homes page and in the Nursing Home Ratings and Medical News categories where it can be downloaded)

“High rates of anti-psychotic use can indicate serious care problems, because they’re using them (to drug residents), instead of having adequate staffing and truly meeting residents’ needs,” Grant says. “When you’re using anti-psychotics, your residents could be suffering increased falls, they’re immobile, so you can see increases in pressure ulcers. They’re very problematic.”

To download this article click Nursing Home Ratings

Click below to view the ratings for over 15,000 nursing homes.

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The Latest In The Debate Over “Aid In Dying”

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A most interesting conversation on euthanasia.
To listen click Aid in Dying

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Alzheimer’s – Valuable Device

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This young man is developing devices that will be most useful for those with Alzheimers and for those caring for them.

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Being Mortal – Medicine and what Matters at the End

Anyone who has a loved one nearing the end should watch this video and read the book:
Being Mortal: Medicine and what Matters at The End by Atul Gawande.

The following is an excerpt from the book:

Medical professionals concentrate on repair of the health, not sustenance of the soul. Yet- and this is the painful paradox- we have decided that they should be the ones who largely define how we live in our waning days. For more than half a century now, we have treated the trials of sickness, aging, and mortality as medical concerns. It’s been an experiment in social engineering, putting our fates in the hands of people valued more for their technical prowess than for their understanding of human needs.

That experiment has failed. If safety and protection were all we sought in life, perhaps we could conclude differently. But because we seek a life of worth and purpose, and yet are routinely denied the conditions that might make it possible, there is no other way to see what modern society has done.

A video with Atul Gawande..

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Saving a Life

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Kenneth Moch, CEO of Chimerix, sacrificed his job to save a life.
The article from BusinessWeek is too long to display here
but if you want to read the inspiring story click CEO Saves a Life

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Dying Shouldn’t Be So Brutal

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This is an excellent article that should be read by all who are nearing the end of life and their loved ones.
The article is too long to be displayed here but you can download it by clicking 

End of Life.

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Charlie Rose Interview With Larry Fink of Blackrock

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Larry Fink is Chairman and CEO of Blackrock, the largest asset management company.
He has some very profound views on the economy.

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Alzheimer’s Article

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This is a very long article from AARP on Alzheimers. You can download it by clicking Alzheimers.

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Deadly Bacteria – Medical Scopes

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The medical cope can be the cause of deadly infection.
If you are faced with surgery for your digestive system it will involve a medical scope
Have you doctor read this article.

It is too long to display here but you can download it by clicking Medical Scope.

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Surgery Costs – They Vary Wildly

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Surgery costs vary wildly — even in same area Depending on where you live, a new knee could cost $11K-$70K

Jayne O’Donnell and Laura Ungar USA TODAY

An we have the best health care system in the world???

The cost of having a knee or hip replaced can be up to four times more in one place than another — even in the same area, a report out today found.

A total knee replacement averaged about $31,000 in 64 markets where Blue Cross Blue Shield analyzed its claims data. But in Dallas, it ranged from $16,772 to $61,584.86.

Beware These “Big Pharma” Traps!

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However you can download it here.

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Study Rates Migraine Medications

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Findings will be basis of new guidelines on treatments for debilitating headaches
WebMD News from HealthDay By Robert Preidt

TUESDAY, Jan. 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The best medications to use if you suffer migraine headaches are listed in a new study.

Researchers reviewed recent scientific literature and concluded that a number of classes of drugs were effective for treating acute migraine.

Diabetes – Overtreated?

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Are Older Adults Being Overtreated for Diabetes?

Posted By Candy Sagon On January 21, 2015 in AARP Bulletin, Health Talk

If you have diabetes download the article here and give it to your doctor

Testing blood for glucose reading Older patients are not the same as younger patients. You’d think this was obvious, yet doctors often use a one-size-fits-all approach to prescribing treatment that can put their older patients at risk.

Americas Bitter Pill – Obama Care Facts they don’t Want to Talk About

A most revealing interview about Steven Brill’s new book
Americas Bitter Pill
Everyone should read it and send this interview to their politician and ask
for a response. If the response isn’t satisfactory vote for someone else.

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Schooling – A Different Approach

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One of Joy Hakim’s many wonderful books.

Joy is one of the best authors of school books.

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You can visit her website by clicking Joy Hakim.

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La Academia is one of the best schools in Denver.

If more schools operated as they do we would all be better off.

They use Joy Hakim’s books.

La Academia

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Antipsychotic Drugs – Dementia Part 2

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Guidelines for Antipsychotic Drugs in Dementia—Part 2

Published by Dr. Al Power, ChangingAging Contributor on January 8, 2015

This is a long article. If you would like to download it click here.

In Part 1 of this post, I listed several preliminary comments and concerns regarding the use of these drugs. I continue to maintain that antipsychotics are “the physical restraints of the 21st century,” meaning that their use should become the rare exception, once we have navigated the same type of learning curve.