Celebrate the Joy Pets Bring to Our Lives

As I’ve visited patients in their homes over the years, three related thoughts have occurred to me:  1) How lucky I’ve been to not only meet so many wonderful people, but also to meet their wonderful companions. 2) How thoroughly enriching life with these animals has been for those who live with them.                                                3) How […]

Understanding the Nuances: Hospice vs. Palliative Care

In the realm of healthcare, particularly for individuals facing serious illnesses or end-of-life situations, two terms often emerge: hospice care and palliative care. While they share similarities in their focus on improving quality of life and providing comfort, there are distinct differences between the two. Understanding these nuances is essential for patients, caregivers, and families […]

Say Goodbye to Low Back Pain: Effective Exercises for Relief

Low back pain is a common ailment affecting people of all ages and backgrounds worldwide. It is estimated that approximately 80% of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lives. This condition can vary from mild discomfort to debilitating pain, impacting individuals’ daily activities, work productivity, and overall quality of life. Causes […]

Neuroaesthetics: The Intersection of Art and Brain Science

In the late 1990s, Semir Zeki, a neuroscientist in London coined the term “Neuroaesthetics” to define his research regarding the intersection of art and brain science. Neuroaesthetics is a rapidly growing body of science and art that offers a new perspective on well being, managing anxiety, stress and many other conditions.  I had not heard […]

Increasing Level of Care. Is It Time? 

Guidance and Support Our ElderHealth team frequently receives inquiries and actively engages in educating, guiding, and supporting our members and their families regarding the following questions related to caring for someone diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder. “How do I know when it is time to make a change to the amount or type of formal […]

Keeping Your Independence Without Driving

Many older adults are either forced or choose to give up driving at some point in their lives. Keep reading to learn ways to stay independent and get the things you need without driving. Disclaimer: This is much easier to accomplish if you are able to use a computer or a smartphone.  Prescription Drug Delivery […]

Proactive Fund Access: Planning for Future Financial Ease 

As individuals age, some may find themselves confined to their homes, making it challenging to attend appointments, go shopping, or visit the bank. Anticipating these limitations and proactively arranging for access to your funds without the need for in-person bank visits is advantageous. Understanding the bank’s prerequisites in advance helps prevent delays in accessing your […]

Pet Companionship: Improving Health Outcomes

The year of 2021 post COVID was a rough one for my family. Navigating the return to the classroom was difficult for my kids. My rambunctious teenage son struggled to sit at his desk and my tender-hearted daughter had been socially isolated from the 1st grade friend circle. We were all trying to navigate social […]

Reader Connections: Paintings And Poetry

Paintings and Poetry is a visual and literary art collection from ElderHealth members and guest contributors. Their work will also be featured in the Winter edition of the 2023 Heart at Home newsletter. Thank you for sharing your talent and gifts with the ElderHealth community. Paintings by Sharon F. Choosing by Sharon F. Thoughts arise […]

A Guide to Anticipatory Grief

A season of anticipation is upon us. As the holidays near, a range of feelings often follows suit: from the butterflies-in-stomach excitement as a child awaits a wished-for gift to the joy-meets-chaos flurry of welcoming family, friends, and neighbors into our homes for a spectrum of celebrations.  Yet there is another form of anticipation whose […]