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Legal Issues

Protecting From Abuse

by Randall J. Ryder February 15, 2016

FACT SHEET Adult Protective Services (APS) WHAT IS APS? Adult Protective Services (APS) programs promote the safety, independence, and quality-of-life for vulnerable adults who are, or are in danger of, being abused, neglected by self or others, or financially exploited, and who are unable to protect themselves. APS is a social service program authorized by […]

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Keeping Mom and Dad at Home

by Randall J. Ryder January 28, 2016

The stairs are getting so hard to climb.” “Since my wife died, I just open a can of soup for dinner.” “I’ve lived here 40 years. No other place will seem like home.” These are common issues for older people. And, you may share the often-heard wish—“I want to stay in my own home!” The […]

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What to Look for when Visiting an Elderly Adult

by Randall J. Ryder January 25, 2016

For many of us, distance rom our elder loved ones prevents frequent visitations. When time permits, visitations provide useful information regarding the health and care of the elder person.  There are many things to consider. Prepare a checklist of things to look out for and to discuss with your elderly loved one. It might include […]

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Falls Can Have Serious Implications to an Elderly Person’s Health

by Randall J. Ryder January 22, 2016

Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, one out of three older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again. Falls Are Serious and Costly One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a […]

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Are Elder Drivers a Problem?

by Randall J. Ryder January 18, 2016

In 2012, there were almost 36 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in the United States.1 Driving helps older adults stay mobile and independent. But the risk of being injured or killed in a motor vehicle crash increases as you age. An average of 586 older adults are injured every day in crashes.2 Thankfully, […]

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The Elderly and Motor Vehicle Safety

by Randall J. Ryder June 11, 2014

Motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.1 More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2009.2 The economic impact is also notable: the lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers […]

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Communicating with Your Doctor

by Randall J. Ryder June 5, 2014

Getting Started: Choosing a Doctor You Can Talk To Finding a main doctor (often called your primary doctor or primary care doctor) that you feel comfortable talking to is the first step in good communication. It is also a way to ensure your good health. This doctor gets to know you and what your health […]

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How to Talk to Your Parents About End-of-Life Plans

by Randall J. Ryder April 24, 2014

By Bill Lowe, President of Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services   I’ll Never Forget the Look on his Face. My great uncle had lost his wife months before and here he was again in the hospital. This time he found himself laid up in the hospital bed, hooked to ventilator, instead of watching over a loved […]

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