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New Tool May Help Recognize Victims of Elder Abuse

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Elder abuse is distressingly common, yet it can be hard to detect. Elderly people are fragile and get bruises and broken bones more often than younger people. Therefore, it's not always easy to tell if physical injuries are the result of abuse or an accident. If doctors spent more time documenting injuries, that could help identify victims…

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Nursing Home Medication Errors and How to Help

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Medication mistakes present a danger to elderly patients. Approximately 800,000 nursing home patients are injured by medication mistakes in the United States every year. If your loved one lives at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home, you should be aware of how to prevent medication errors to keep your loved one safe. Elderly people…

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Expanding Transportation Services for the Elderly

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Lack of transportation is a serious problem for many elderly people. When older people no longer drive or have access to a car, they become isolated. They depend on someone else for a ride or they walk or take public transportation; these options are often inadequate. When people have trouble getting to doctor's appointments or…

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A Guide to Emotional Abuse in Nursing Homes

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When nursing homes are short-staffed or employees are improperly screened, residents become vulnerable to abuse. Abuse can be both physical as well as emotional. Emotional abuse, also known as psychological abuse, may be harder to detect than physical abuse but it can be just as damaging ­or even worse. Emotional abuse can rob patients of their…

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How to Prevent Malnutrition in Aging Adults

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Good nutrition is important for everyone. It is especially important for older adults with chronic illnesses or those suffering from dementia. Unfortunately, elderly people are vulnerable to malnutrition, even while living in a nursing home. Looking out for your aging relatives can help ensure they receive proper nutrition. Why Do the Elderly Become Malnourished? Older…

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4 Signs of Elder Health Care and Insurance Fraud

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Elderly people make tempting targets for scammers. Fraud costs older Americans more than $36 billion every year. If you or your loved one are old enough to receive Medicare, you need to protect yourself by watching out for signs of fraud. A common type of fraud committed against seniors involves health insurance or health care fraud. This is a…

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California Governor Launches Alzheimer’s Task Force  

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Gavin Newsom, California's new governor, gave his first State of the State this February. One area he focused on in his speech was the need to take care of California's aging population. California's Master Plan on Aging The number of seniors in California is expected to double in the next 25 years. In his address, Newsom proposed a "Master…

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Early Signs of a Pressure Sore

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Pressure sores, also known as bed sores, can be very dangerous. If left untreated, they can cause infection, loss of limbs or even death. They are unfortunately common, affecting 65 percent of seniors who have hip fractures and 11 percent of all nursing home residents. Pressure sores can be caused by nursing home abuse and neglect, often due to understaffing.…

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