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How to Make the Holidays Feel Good

How to Make the Holidays Feel Good

When holidays are approaching, tension is often approaching with them. Emotions run high – whether with happy anticipation or with …

How to Survive Caregiving in Your Family, 5 Useful Tips

How to Survive Caregiving in Your Family, 5 Useful Tips

Like any stressor, family caregiving brings out the best and the worst in you, your siblings, your parents, and whoever else is involved or has an …

Tips on Connecting with an Alzheimer’s Patient

Tips on Connecting with an Alzheimer’s Patient

It’s a subject that strikes terror into the hearts of many, including me. During my junior year of high school, I got a solid B in Mrs. Mathews’ …

An Alternative Holiday; Festivus

An Alternative Holiday; Festivus

One of my favorite “Seinfeld “ episodes deals with George Costanza’s father ,Frank, and a holiday he created as an alternative holiday to the …

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Why is Applying for Medicaid So Difficult?

Why is Applying for Medicaid So Difficult?

With long term care nursing costs typically exceeding $11,000 per month, Medicaid benefits are necessary for over half of the nursing home population in our country. Yet, applying for Medicaid is long, tedious, and for …

Tips on Connecting with an Alzheimer’s Patient

Tips on Connecting with an Alzheimer’s Patient

It’s a subject that strikes terror into the hearts of many, including me. During my junior year of high school, I got a solid B in Mrs. Mathews’ chemistry class and I was happy to be done with that subject, at least …

Caregiving; How To Lose Everything By “Saving Money” -Part 1

Caregiving; How To Lose Everything By “Saving Money” -Part 1

A Cautionary Tale, Based On A True Story Tom and Helen Conway loved their home, their family and their life. Raising three wonderful children in their home and having Helen’s widowed father living nearby, they were …

5 Tips to Help Someone with Dementia Enjoy the Holidays

5 Tips to Help Someone with Dementia Enjoy the Holidays

Hosting the Holidays? So you drew the short straw and everyone’s coming to your house this holiday season. Including all the siblings, cousins, grand-people and kids, you’ll have a house full of guests. To be …

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Fear, Aging and Memory Loss

Fear, Aging and Memory Loss

Some people fear memory loss as they age. Sometimes we even make up excuses to justify the forgetful things we do. For me, it was “maternal dementia” while my kids were still in the nest. Now I am finally an …

Tips on Enhancing Your Therapy

Tips on Enhancing Your Therapy

As many as 15 million people seek therapy every year.  Reasons may vary. Some have been through a traumatic experience that has left them unable to navigate through life. Some may be seeking for a clearer understanding …

Coping Post Transplant Surgery

Coping Post Transplant Surgery

My patient, 15 year old Alex had been waiting for his second liver transplant surgery for 14 months. Away from their home, family and routines, Alex and his single mother Michelle patiently waited at the Ronald McDonald …

When’s The Best Time for a Flu Shot?

When’s The Best Time for a Flu Shot?

“Mid-September is usually the best time to get a flu shot, but it’s never too late,” says David Condoluci, DO, Chief Patient Safety & Quality Officer for Kennedy University Hospital, Stratford, NJ. “If you …

A Guide to Medicare Basics- During Open Enrollment Season

A Guide to Medicare Basics- During Open Enrollment Season

Medicare’s many components may seem daunting to anyone approaching retirement age or even to those already enrolled in Medicare. Yet individuals need to educate themselves on their options since the program provides …

Helping the Homeless-Pathways to HousingPA

Helping the Homeless-Pathways to HousingPA

When looking at a homeless person in the street, what comes to mind is "oh my, that person must not want to work or must be lazy", when the reality is, that person is probably dealing with a mental illness that has …

4 Health Tips for Cold and Flu Season

4 Health Tips for Cold and Flu Season

We all know that practicing good hygiene, keeping properly hydrated, maintaining good nutrition and adequate rest are all important tips for health during cold and flu season.  Yet, even in the best of times, with all …

Very Senior Care: Future Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges

Very Senior Care: Future Issues, Opportunities, and Challenges

If the numbers continue to develop the way they are today, by 2050 (in just 36 more years) there will be more than 19 million people over the age of 85, needing very senior care in the United States. That is not a …