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As An Older Adult, What Health Screenings Do I Need?

Aug 06, 2018 by Total Access Medical

Preventive health screenings offered by your primary care physician can help you catch and further prevent the spread of conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer while they are the still in the development stages. But many Americans skip these life-saving screenings. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, almost one in five men (18%) 55 years and older have never received the recommended screening for colon cancer. Even worse, 55 percent of men are skipping health screenings altogether. And yet another survey conducted by NBC News discovered that approximately 8 million women had not had a cervical cancer screening in five years. If you’re not sure what health screenings you need, the information in this post will help.

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Tips for Healthy Aging

Apr 20, 2018 by Total Access Medical

geriatric-doctor.pngPeople in the U.S. are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives but there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change.

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10 Vital Measures To Minimize Risk Of Dementia

Jul 07, 2017 by William Kirkpatrick

Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., was first identified more than 100 years ago, but research into its symptoms, causes, risk factors and treatment has gained momentum only in the last 30 years. 

A special report on Alzheimer's disease in the U.S. found that 11% of people age 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease. The number of people age 65 and older with the disease may nearly triple by 2050, from 5 million to a projected 13.8 million. 

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When A Loved One Needs Care, Will You Know What To Do?

Jun 28, 2017 by William Kirkpatrick

Life is going along fine. Then suddenly a fall or unexpected health problem changes a loved one’s needs — and now, you’re the caregiver. You know the discussion you need to have with your loved one, yet like many adult children who are thinking of moving their elderly parents, the three words “assisted living facility” seem unwelcoming, debilitating and glum. Should you recommend a senior living home, a 24 hour nurse or should you consider placing your loved one under the care of a concierge doctor? 

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Staying Healthy As You Age

Sep 12, 2016 by William Kirkpatrick

Getting older is a natural part of life. As we grow older, we experience an increasing number of major life changes, including career changes, retirement, children leaving home, the loss of loved ones, and mental and physical changes as well. How we handle and grow from these changes is the key to staying healthy. 

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Health Tips: Transition Safely From Hospital To Home

Aug 15, 2016 by William Kirkpatrick

 There’s a great deal of information you need to understand when you or a loved one makes the transition from the hospital to home after inpatient treatment. Returning home can result in unexpected challenges for older adults and many struggle to manage their medications, schedule follow-up appointments and obtain in-home care. Consequently, patients are unable to successfully make the transition and return to the hospital. 

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