Seniors share homes for cost saving, companionship

When we hear the phrase “living with a roommate”, our initial thought tends to be that of college dorm rooms or apartments shared by young professionals in big cities. For some senior citizens, however, it’s become the perfect solution for staying in their homes and having someone to keep them company. A recent article from Rep-Am.com, describes how agencies are partnering seniors together so that they can have the companionship that senior community can provide and yet still maintain the same level of independence that they’re accustomed to. Learn more by reading the article here: http://www.rep-am.com/articles/2014/07/30/lifestyle/family/819506.txt

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A 15-Year-Old Google Science Fair Finalist Has A Simple Idea To Help Alzheimer’s Patients

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Image via Anna Kuchment @akuchment on Twitter. https://twitter.com/akuchment

Young Kenneth Shinozuka from New York City has started a project that seeks to find a way to stop Alzheimer’s patients from wandering at night. Kenneth’s project was inspired by his grandfather, who is just one of the 52 million American dealing with Alzheimers. To help his grandfather and millions of others, Kenneth has designed a system that wirelessly triggers an alert on a caregiver’s smartphone once a patient steps out of bed. Learn more about his project here: http://www.businessinsider.com/kenneth-shinozuka-google-science-fair-2014-8

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A wonderful man once said…

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here – that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”

Thank you for the laughter and the joy. Please know that you are loved.

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This App Lets You Ask a Doctor Any Question in Real-Time via Smartphone

Image via First Opinion
Image via First Opinion

The wonderful thing about technological advancement is that it has allowed us to know more about our personal health than ever before. With this most recent app, First Opinion provides a 24-hour service that allows the user to ask a doctor general medical questions. The service is free of charge for those who can wait to receive a response within 24 hours and cost $9 per month for 5-minute responses or $29 per month for answers within 3 minutes.

The app is, of course, not intended as a replacement for 911 or your current physician, it does allow users to ask questions about everyday signs and symptoms that may prompt the question “do I need to see a doctor”? It also allows users to ask more private questions that you may not have thought of while at the doctor such as mild allergies and rashes.

As a fairly new service that is available on the app marketplace, we would love to know your thoughts about this service and if you find it beneficial. This story was originally posted on Mashable and you may view the full article here: http://mashable.com/2014/07/29/this-app-lets-you-ask-a-doctor-a-question/ or, you may visit the official app website here: http://firstopinionapp.com/

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Incidence of Stroke in the Elderly Has Dropped by 40% Over the Last 20 Years

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Image via www.laughteryogaamerica.com

A recent press release shows that new analysis of data from 1988 to 2008 has revealed that there has been a 40% decrease in the incidence of stroke in Medicare patients 64 years of age and older. The study applies to both ischemic and hemmorhagic strokes and that deaths resulting from stroke have declined during the same period. These findings and more are published in the July issue of the American Journal of Medicine. To learn more, please visit: http://3blmedia.com/News/Good-News-Aging-Population-Incidence-Stroke-Elderly-Has-Dropped-40-Over-Last-20-Years

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