How to Talk Effectively with Your Doctor

You’ve finally been able to sit down with your healthcare provider at an anxiously awaited appointment to discuss a worrisome health problem. But all too soon it’s over, and you realize you didn’t quite understand the diagnosis and treatment, you have more questions and you feel like you weren’t heard. Perhaps the doctor stared at … Continue reading How to Talk Effectively with Your Doctor

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Beware of Home Repairs Too Good to Be True

The headlines tell the story: “Pair targets elderly in home-repair scam,” ”Dallas police arrest man in home-repair scams targeting the elderly” and “He lost more than $60,000 in home improvement scam.” In one case, an elderly woman in Lincoln County, Missouri, was approached by a man who said he had done work for her late … Continue reading Beware of Home Repairs Too Good to Be True

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Solo Aging: How to Cope with End-of-Life Issues

The U.S. Government Accounting Office predicts that by 2020 the number of older Americans living alone with no living children or siblings will be 1.2 million. That figure for “solo agers,” or “elder orphans,” is almost double the reported figure in 1990. Because family members provide 70 to 80 percent of eldercare, those without family … Continue reading Solo Aging: How to Cope with End-of-Life Issues

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‘Tis the Season to Watch out for Medicare Fraud

As soon as the Medicare open enrollment period starts, scammers begin their efforts to steal your identity. The National Council on Aging (July 17, 2015) offers five tips to avoid the most common Medicare scams. Know how identity theft works. Someone pretending to work for Medicare may contact you and tell you they need your … Continue reading ‘Tis the Season to Watch out for Medicare Fraud

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What Are the Different Blood Types?

Have you ever wondered what exactly makes A-positive blood different from O-negative blood? Here is a quick tutorial on blood types. All blood contains the same elements, but not all blood is the same. Human blood has red blood cells to carry oxygen. Plasma is the watery stuff that allows blood to flow. Blood also … Continue reading What Are the Different Blood Types?

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