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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What Disorders Contribute to Dementia?

by Randall J. Ryder January 19, 2016

The Basics of Dementia Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning, which means the loss of the ability to think, remember, or reason, as well as behavioral abilities, to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Signs and symptoms of dementia result when once-healthy neurons (nerve cells) in the […]

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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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Sleep and Aging

by Randall J. Ryder April 28, 2014

About Sleep We all look forward to a good night’s sleep. Sleep allows our body to rest and to restore its energy levels. Without enough restful sleep, not only can we become grumpy and irritable, but also inattentive and more prone to accidents. Like food and water, adequate sleep is essential to good health and […]

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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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Medicare Part A and Hospital Costs: Are You Under Observation?

by Randall J. Ryder April 16, 2014

 Find out if you’re an inpatient or an outpatient—it affects what you pay Your hospital status—whether you’re an inpatient or an outpatient—affects how much you pay for hospital services (like X-rays, drugs, and lab tests) and may also affect whether Medicare will cover care you get in a skilled nursing facility (SNF). Your inpatient stay begins on […]

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