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Turning Tragedy Into Triumph

“When you’re frustrated over something that you can’t control, you’re allowed to speak up for yourself,” says Amberley Snyder, the U.S.'s only paralyzed barrel racer and national rodeo champion. "You should remember you can advocate for yourself. You can make people aware that changes need to happen, because if not for you, it’s going to be for the person behind you, and that is what is important.”

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Type 2 Diabetes Awareness, Prevention and Management

The American Diabetes Association recommends that everyone be screened for diabetes starting at age 45. Those with higher risk factors besides age should be screened earlier. A basic diabetes screening via a simple blood sugar test can alert you to indicators of diabetes before the disease begins.

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Are Canned Foods Healthy?

February is Canned Food Month, created in 1987 as a way to clear up misconceptions about canned food, including whether or not it is good for you. Is canned food actually healthy and safe? Let’s look at what is fact and what is fiction.

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12 Questions on Discovering and Communicating the Need for Care

When communicating that a patient needs extra care, Dr. Beach advises healthcare professionals to validate the feelings of all family members, but solicit feedback from a family member who understands and believes that the patient needs help. It’s important to focus on improving the quality of life of the patient. Emphasize that outside or additional help that attends to the patient’s care needs will not only keep the patient safe, but also will allow family members to enjoy their relationships with their loved ones.

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Initiating The Conversation With Seniors

How do you initiate the conversation with loved ones about health, finances and end-of-life issues? How do you invite positive dialogue among key family members?

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Multigenerational Workforce in a Home Care Setting

“I really love it so much,” says King. At 62, she is not thinking about retiring any time soon. “I even go to help people on my days off—it doesn’t feel like work! You can learn so much from older people. I love their stories and their friendship. I’m very lucky.”

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What Is Specialized Healthcare?

In recent years, the U.S. healthcare system has shifted to offer more niche medical programs that provide specialized healthcare. These medical programs are often referred to as centers of excellence that focus on the same diseases, disorders or medical conditions with a team of the best and brightest medical specialists in their respective fields. When your health issues are beyond your primary care provider’s expertise, you will be referred to a specialist.

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Home-Based Cardiac Rehab: Designing an Effective Approach

Right at Home is sponsoring a one-hour CEU webinar, “Home-Based Cardiac Rehab: Designing an Effective Approach,” on February 28, 2019. This webinar will provide an overview of home-based cardiac rehab programs and give the multidisciplinary care team ideas for designing and implementing a home-based cardiac rehab program. Karen Collins, nutrition consultant and David Schopfer, MD, a cardiologist and health services researcher at the San Francisco VA Healthcare System, will be presenting and answering questions live.

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Low Vision Awareness Month

The Cleveland Clinic notes, “1 in 6 adults over age 45 has low vision; 1 in 4 adults over age 75 has low vision.” Because of a number of eye disorders and injuries, anyone of any age can be affected by low vision, but older adults are at highest risk for impaired vision. The American Optometric Association (AOA) lists 4 common causes of low vision.

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Urgent Care vs. Emergency Rooms

Where do you seek medical care when your regular doctor or healthcare provider is close for the day? How are urgent care centers and ERs different?