Elder Law

Leaving Hospital, Older Patients Resist Home Help at Their Peril

Posted on: October 16th, 2017
Refusing home health care after a hospitalization puts patients at risk of a difficult, incomplete or slower-than-anticipated recovery. Without these services, older adults’ odds of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 or 60 days double, according to one study. ...

Robotic Exoskeleton Could Help Fall Prevention

Posted on: October 9th, 2017
Researchers in Italy and Switzerland have developed a prototype device that can detect a slip in progress and help its wearer avoid falling. If perfected, a system like this could one day help millions of elderly people and amputees maintain balance and avoid serious tumbles....

Seniors and Fear of Falling

Posted on: October 2nd, 2017
Fear of falling can take a toll when your sense of balance is fading. Some seniors avoid walking and even moving due to a fear of falling and the possibility of injury. ...

Is There a Link Between Sleep and Alzheimer's?

Posted on: September 25th, 2017
There is evidence suggesting that there is a link between lack of sleep, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia....

Shingles May Raise Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Posted on: September 18th, 2017
There’s new evidence shingles may come with health consequences beyond an agonizingly painful rash: It could mess with your heart health too. ...

The Home Care Crisis: An Elder Justice Issue

Posted on: September 11th, 2017
While Medicare home health coverage laws apply equally to all individuals, equitable application of coverage laws has been impeded by administrative payment rules and quality measure incentives that favor beneficiaries who have short-term care needs and disfavor those with long-term, chronic care needs. ...
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