It has been well-documented that those with preexisting conditions are among the most vulnerable to coronavirus. Perhaps the most overlooked of those conditions is obesity.
That has been illustrated most tragically in New Orleans. As of April 2, high levels of obesity and related issues had likely contributed to a per-capita death rate from COVID-19 that was twice that of New York City. Of those who died, 40 percent were suffering from diabetes. Twenty-five percent were obese. Twenty-three percent were suffering from kidney disease, and 21 percent were afflicted with cardiac issues.
April 28, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is revealing critical flaws in a number of different sectors throughout the country. From government to business to healthcare, this pandemic ruthlessly deals punishing blows to any system that is not fully prepared for it.
In early March, a cluster of coronavirus infections was reported at a nursing home near Seattle. Of course, a deadly virus permeating a facility filled with highly vulnerable individuals is a very sensitive situation. There are currently an estimated 2.2 million seniors residing in such places, and the challenge of protecting them cannot be overstated.
Protecting The Residents
March 16, 2020
Betty Friedan , the late feminist, found that writing the 1993 book “The Fountain of Age” was “very liberating,” as she told an interviewer that year. At the beginning of the project she shared “the same dreary view” of the aging process that many others did. By the end Friedan — 72 herself at the time — came to understand it was merely a new phase of life. She was able to “break through this pernicious definition of age just as decline.”
March 9, 2020
As with those of any age, seniors would do well to watch their mouths, because it can literally get them into trouble.
Those aged 65 and over face a battery of oral-health challenges . There are higher incidences of dry mouth, gum disease, tooth loss and root decay. All those things can threaten seniors’ general health. That means that as much as the brush/floss/rinse mantra applies to younger generations, it applies that much more to seniors.
From recent studies , 18 to 20 percent of seniors are dealing with untreated tooth decay. This issue is in fact…
February 3, 2020
The dietary challenge facing seniors can be boiled down to this: They need fewer calories, but more nutrients than ever before. More calcium. More fiber. More Vitamin B12. More Vitamin D. More potassium and iron and Omega-3 fatty acids. And more water. Especially that.
That’s why moderation matters, though there are those who wonder whether that’s even the right word to describe the proper approach to the diets of those age 65 and over. Rather, it’s a matter of improving as opposed to merely monitoring portions, as the latter implies continued intake of all foods is just…
Ronna Edelstein had a problem. Her father, Morton, was in his 90s, and fast approaching the time where he would need to be placed in a nursing home.
He had, however, made her promise years before not to “dump” him in such a place. He had visited friends there, and almost always came away depressed. She shared his concern; no way did she want him spending his final years in some sterile institution.
She was forced to reverse course six weeks after he turned 98. Caring for him by herself had become overwhelming, and his behavior had grown erratic.
January 25, 2020
But the experts just don’t know for sure, despite extensive study. All they know is that we need it, crave it, suffer when we don’t have it. And that doesn’t change later in life; seniors need between 7.5 and nine hours of it. Unfortunately it is often difficult to reach that goal, as neuroscientist Matthew Walker, author of the 2017 book Why We Sleep and founder and director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at University of California, Berkley, said in a Talks at Google session earlier this year:
“We know a psychological signature of aging…
Whether we’re discussing issues with healthcare policy and insurance costs, the challenge of increased demand for medical services, or the fact that physician burnout is at 54.4%, we must stay focused on the bigger mission.
That mission is to provide the best possible care to every single patient.
This necessitates we emphasize superior patient care above all else. Given the current problems, that may seem difficult. But there are solutions.
Emphasize value-based care
It’s good to be efficient. We should be utilizing the latest technology and processes.
However, we need to remember the purpose of improving efficiency in healthcare. It’s…
If in the past a physician was inclined to grab a pen, he now grabs a mouse. If he once scrawled a patient’s particulars on a notepad (often leading the latter to wonder just how anyone can possibly read such penmanship), he now enters the information into a computer.
Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) have gone, in short order, from novelty to necessity. Propelled in no small part by federal edict, they are now as common as a stethoscope, the hope being that their use will lead in time to better, less expensive care.
An EMR also allows medical professionals to…
Degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) announce themselves with tremors or tingles, with muscle weakness or tightness, with problems ranging from swallowing to even seeing.
While all three are incurable, promising research advances have been made in their treatment. It is also true that in the cases of Parkinson’s and MS, patients’ quality of life can be greatly enhanced if the proper care is administered.
That is the goal of “Minds in Motion,” The Allure Group’s neurological rehab program. A 28-bed specialized unit based in the King David Center in Brooklyn, it…