Category: Health & Fitness

A Case for Case Management

In today’s complex hospital systems, case managers not only focus on illness, they also ensure chronically ill patients receive high-quality care in the least restrictive settings. With sky-high medical costs, their current role includes striving to achieve the most cost-effective treatment, whether patients are in or out of a hospital.

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Elder Abuse Can Be Close to Home

According to the Administration for Community Living, abusers generally use a pattern of coercive tactics, such as isolation, threats, intimidation, manipulation and violence to gain and maintain power over victims. Becky Kurtz, Managing Director, Aging & Independence Services, Atlanta Regional Commission, encourages all older adults to remain active and stay involved, as much as possible. “Socialization can help lower everyone’s risk from abusers,” she said.

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The Key to Elder Abuse Prevention Is Education

Today, scammers are looking for non-cash transactions, like electronic transfers and debit cards. One of many problems he sees is that email seems to give older (and lonely) people courage to “talk” to predators they don’t know—and even more courage (as in the Perkins case) when they meet a scammer through family members. Education is key to helping people.

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Hemp Hype: Facts About CBD

Health journalists, researchers and pharmacists admit confusion about its efficacy and misunderstood name, making today’s CBD conversations livelier than ever. CBD is an essential component of medical marijuana, but only when it’s above 0.3% in potency. Although industrial hemp and marijuana are both varieties of cannabis, they have been bred for different uses and can be distinguished by their chemical and genetic compositions.

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The Ever-Expanding Middle Age: Healthy Aging Month

Adding years can result in an extended middle age—and those years can become a double-edged sword, medical experts say. Increased longevity is a huge blessing for many. But with more years, there is an increased chance to develop chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and forms of dementia. The gift of more middle age years might be changing our lifespans and adding a more productive and creative period. Just don’t let it lead to an expanded waistline and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

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Brain Health Boot Camp Keeps Seniors’ Minds Sharp

With age serving as the greatest risk factor for cognitive impairment or memory loss, Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) launched a new program, called Brain Health Bootcamp, last year. The first of its kind in Atlanta, the program is designed to provide a cognitive and physical exercise program to individuals who may be experiencing a decline in cognitive functioning due to MCI or early stage Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) or other Related Dementias.

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