Integrating medical care and social services can improve care quality for elders

The world of healthcare is slowly acknowledging what community-based social service workers have known for decades—health happens at home. Helping to maintain and sustain older adults’ highest possible level of functioning and the best quality of life has been the undertaking of community-based services. Yet, the medical world has little knowledge of the array of [...]

New AARP book addresses addiction problems in older adults

Not As Prescribed: Recognizing and Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults is a book by Dr. Harry Haroutunian and was published in paperback in April. The book looks at how dramatic lifestyle changes, along with growing health problems, have led many people who are 50 and older to turn to alcohol, prescription painkillers [...]

Senior safety – Common sense precautions to keep safe

As people grow older, their chances of being victims of crime decrease drastically. However, although seniors are on the lookout for potential burglary or attach, they’re not as alert to frauds and con games – in reality, the greatest crime threat to senior’s well being and trust. To conquer fear and prevent crime, the Kentucky [...]

Nerve procedure can prevent need for total knee replacement

In a recent column reprinted with permission from The Herald-Leader, Dr. Karim Rasheed wrote about a nerve procedure that can be an alternative for total knee replacement. Knee pain is a very unpleasant problem that many people deal with on a daily basis. Health statistics in the United States indicate knee pain is responsible for [...]

The Older Americans Act will be extraordinarily beneficial for seniors, others

In April, Congress passed bipartisan legislation renewing the Older Americans Act for three years and President Obama signed it. Passage comes almost 10 years since the Act was last reauthorized, a delay which has been a source of great consternation to older adults and their advocates. Bob Blancato, an advocate for senior care, wrote recently [...]