Sail through your parent’s (or your) next medical procedure with PREhab

[Note: When first confronted with the term prehabilitation the first thought is that it is a typographical error. It is not; I do indeed mean prehabilitation. Its meaning, should you not be familiar with the term, will become clear in what follows.] Preparing for surgery should be like preparing for any physical challenge. If you… Continue reading Sail through your parent’s (or your) next medical procedure with PREhab

Complex Surgeries Often Have Poor Outcomes for Older Patients

People are having more surgeries at older ages both in the hospital and in other settings. While this may be good news, it may not actually be what many older people would choose if they knew all the facts – but this is another subject. The point here is that surgeries are conducted too often… Continue reading Complex Surgeries Often Have Poor Outcomes for Older Patients

The CARE Act helps families

As a family caregiver you have probably learned that hospital stays have gotten very short. Often patients are discharged when they are still sick and still need care. Even when home health care is included in a discharge plan most of the care provided after hospitalization is provided by the older person themselves or by… Continue reading The CARE Act helps families

Surgery’s Seldom Disclosed Risk

When surgery is recommended for your parent you know there are risks. But even though you make every effort to evaluate all the pluses and minuses, there is one very important threat your surgeon may not have told you about. That is the risk of some degree of decline in mental functioning as a result… Continue reading Surgery’s Seldom Disclosed Risk