Vanishing Act: What Happened To Those Of Us With Non-COVID Medical Needs?
May 6, 2020
Perhaps one of the biggest mysteries of the coronavirus outbreak has nothing to do with the virus itself, but rather what may be “collateral damage” from the pandemic: that is, patients who need important non-COVID-19 medical care but are not showing up at physician’s offices or hospitals. Given the guidance…
Aging Out Of Options: Will Your Age Prevent You From Accessing Needed Medical Care?
March 25, 2020
Certainly, there’s nothing new about ageism in our society. Bias against older individuals, and treating seniors as second class citizens, is something many of us have experienced as we’ve entered our later years. Perhaps what’s new, however, is the public airing of attitudes that were previously kept private, due to…
Hospital Prep: Be Prepared If You Need A Hospital Stay
March 11, 2020
No doubt few of us like to think about being admitted to a hospital. But in today’s environment, when the health of potentially thousands of older adults is at risk, it’s important to consider what a hospitalization can do to an older patient, even one in relatively good health prior…
State of Emergency: Hospitals Establishing Geriatric Emergency Centers
February 22, 2019
Emergency departments (ED) are hardly ever tranquil. But for senior citizens, the ED can be overwhelming and, in many cases, can actually do more harm than good. Many seniors are vulnerable and do not have the stamina to wait in an emergency department, where it’s not uncommon to wait an…
A Matter Of Health: Are Hospitals The Way To Go?
February 27, 2018
No one likes going to the hospital if you can avoid it. For older patients, there’s even evidence that hospitals can cause as many problems as they solve. Health experts are now beginning to chime in on what may be the death knell of modern hospitals as we’ve known them….
Do Not Enter: Best To Minimize Your Hospitalizations
July 27, 2017
While you never know when an emergency will strike and you’ll need to be hospitalized, there’s much evidence to support the goal of minimizing hospitalizations, especially for those who are older. For example, new research out of the University of Michigan has shown that 1/4 of seniors admitted to post-acute…