medications

Simple test for Alzheimer’s? Get Out Pen and Paper

Posted on 01/22/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayCould a 15-minute test you take with pen and paper provide an early warning of Alzheimer’s or other cognitive problems? Researchers at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center say the simple 22-question test, called the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination, or SAGE, can’t diagnose Alzheimer’s, but it can reveal cognitive impairments at an early, more treatable stage. (To take the test, click here to download.) These impairments “could be related to many conditions like medications, ministrokes, dementia or sleep apnea to …

Caregivers: Be on the Alert for Medication Side Effects

Posted on 10/18/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingHer hands shaking uncontrollably, suddenly one day my Mom’s food was falling off the fork before she could get it to her mouth. In a nursing facility for rehabilitation after spinal surgery and a heart attack, Mom had been moved from the independent to the “feeding” dining room (without a word to me). The doctor in the nursing facility dismissed my concern, saying it’s common and it was just “a little bit of Parkinsonism and people get it when they …

A Caregiver’s Tips for Managing Medications

Posted on 10/10/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingAARP and the United Hospital Fund recently released a new study, Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care, focusing on the types of tasks we family caregivers are performing, and the results are clear: caregiving isn’t what it used to be. Almost half of us (46%) are now performing medical/nursing tasks such as wound care, medication management, operating medical equipment and more. These tasks were once relegated to hospital and nursing facility care, and go far beyond personal care …

You Did WHAT With Your Meds? Tips for Traveling With Medication

Posted on 08/18/2011 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you packed your  suitcase with the medicine you need, put the suitcase in the trunk of your car, and then drove several hours in beastly hot weather – don’t be surprised if none of your drugs work while you’re on vacation. Medications don’t do any better in sweltering summer weather than you do. Extreme temperatures — whether in the trunk of your car, in a plane’s cargo hold, even in your mailbox — can cause medicine to become ineffective. …

Helpful New Tool to Manage Prescription Drugs!

Posted on 11/9/2010 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthEver wish you could easily find all the information you could need about your prescription drugs in your own home? Ever wonder how you should go about talking to your health care professional about the medications you are taking? How about wonder if you are getting the best medicine for your needs at the best price? Well, AARP and Consumer Reports Health have launched a new online tool so that you can wish and wonder less about your prescription drugs. …

Fall Prevention Should Be a Priority

Posted on 03/18/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal HealthAfter all, your live may depend on it. Did you know that every 18 seconds, an older person lands in an emergency room due to a fall? Not to mention a whopping 23,000 deaths every year are because of a fall. AARP Bulletin is featuring an article on new ways to tackle fall prevention, including new technologies and old tricks that may have been forgotten, like something as simple as testing for inner ear disorder or adjusting your medication. There …