How To Keep Your Memory Sharp

July 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Where are my car keys? What’s that guy’s name again? What did I come in here for? All of these are questions we have probably asked ourselves in the past week. We are pushed to accomplish more and more in a day and when you are in a hurry or in a social situation it can be easy to forget tasks or details.

Luckily, for most of us, having a little memory lapse doesn’t mean Alzheimer’s or dementia. While being forgetful can increase as we age, there are some ways we can help our memory. Here is a list of memory boosting tips: « Read the rest of this entry »

Illinois’ SMART Act Changes – Fewer Programs Available, Especially for Seniors

July 16, 2012 § 1 Comment

As readers of this blog are aware, Governor Quinn signed the SMART bill into law on June 14th.  This means big changes to the programs available from the State of Illinois, especially for Seniors.

The biggest impact for most Seniors will be the elimination of the Illinois Cares Rx and Circuit Breaker Property Tax Relief programs.  Thousands of people will no longer receive drug plan coverage with no premium.  If you were previously covered by Illinois Cares Rx, you will now need to pay a monthly premium for your drug plan.  Those who have not been contacted by their drug program provider, should contact them to find out the amount of their premium.  Premiums are due beginning July 1.  If you refill a prescription after July 1, you will want to show your pharmacy your new prescription card, or you may be charged full price.  If you don’t have a new card, contact your plan provider. « Read the rest of this entry »

Hospitalization May Be Bad For Alzheimer Patients

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

A few months ago we wrote about the impact hospitals have on seniors in general.  We referred to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association which found at least one-third of  patients older than 70, leave the hospital more frail than when they arrived, and many become too weak to go home.  Last week, a similar story ran in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

This latest study showed the effects of hospitalization on patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease was even greater than the general senior population.  The article concluded the patient’s risk for an adverse outcome is greatly increased after a stay in the hospital.  In fact, the risk is three times greater for the over 5 million Americans with the disease than for those without it.  These facts are particularly frightening when you consider the number of people with Alzheimer’s is projected to rise to 15 million in the next 30 to 40 years. « Read the rest of this entry »

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