Alzheimer’s Caregivers in North San Diego County – New Statistics

The 2012 edition of Facts and Figures, an annual report released by the Alzheimer’s Association, reveals the burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, caregivers, government and the nation’s healthcare system. Quick facts 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. One in eight older Americans has Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause […]

Help! I Have Fallen…

Illness can sneak up on you. In previous posts I’ve stressed the importance of making plans for senior care from the senior’s perspective. What happens when the caregiver gets sick?

In-Home Personal Attendants in San Diego County May Be Safest Choice When Possible – Hospital Errors 10 Times Higher Than Previously Estimated, Study Finds

From The California Healthcare Foundation “CaliforniaHealthline” today: The number of hospital-related adverse medical events could be up to 10 times higher than previously estimated, according to a Health Affairs study, Modern Healthcare reports Study Details For the study, University of Utah researchers and colleagues analyzed the records of nearly 800 patients admitted in October 2004 at three […]

75% of Doctors Employed in Hospitals by 2014 – Private Practice To End

Continuing trend away from personalized, small-practice healthcare toward impersonal large institutional healthcare While rumors of the death of private practice have been circulating for some time, a recent survey from recruiting firm Merritt Hawkins suggests it may be no exaggeration that the industry will see 75 percent of the nation’s physicians employed by hospitals in 2014. Read more: Physician […]

Blood Pressure: How Good is “Good Enough?”

New Study Offers Different Perspective on Blood Pressure for Older Adults Prevailing medical thought has generally agreed that systolic blood pressure–usually the first number in a blood pressure reading, and the higher of the two–should be kept under 140. High blood pressure raises significant concern as blood vessels weaken, and it is often a precursor […]