A Pennsylvania Court has ruled that Clarence and Barbara Scott are not financially responsible for the 31 year old autistic son’s care. The Scotts who reside in New Jersey, had placed their special needs son in a Pennsylvania care facility. After New Jersey cut its funding for out of state placements, the Scott’s refused to have their son move back to Pennsylvania allegedly due to a lack of an appropriate facility for him. After 14 months, the Scott’s son was returned to New Jersey and the Scotts were billed $205,000 by the facility which they refused to pay. The court rejected the care facility’s argument that Pennsylvania law controlled. More
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Dr. Lisa Genova recently gave a Ted Talk on what all of us can do now to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s or even slow the disease after diagnosis. As she says, “DNA alone does not determine whether you will be symptomatic for Alzheimer’s.” More
It is always sad to witness a senior’s ability to drive deteriorate. For many, driving is strongly correlated with independence. While it is essential to keep your loved one and other drivers safe, there are some ways to keep aging loved ones on the road longer. In addition to driving classes, here are a few types of technology that can make driving safer:
- Backup aids. You can purchase a backup aid that attaches to the rearview mirror. It increases visibility and makes it easier to see blind spots. This can be good for seniors who might have a hard time turning their heads to adequately check blind spots.
- Backup camera. Many new cars come with backup cameras, or you can purchase one to be added to the car. This technology also makes it easier to see what is behind the car and can warn the driver before they back into something.
- Blindspot mirror. These are mirrors that attach to side mirrors and make it easier to see blind spots. Some more expensive ones can alert the driver of nearby objects.
- Collision warning system. You can also purchase collision warning systems that alert the driver if they are too close to an object and might collide.
- Emergency services. There are also programs that can automatically report an accident. One program, Hum, also monitors the car for mechanical problems.
At nursing homes across the country, seniors are testing out virtual reality systems. The device fits on a senior’s face like large swimming goggles and can make the participant feel like they are somewhere else, perhaps scuba diving or downhill skiing.
The company, MyndVR hopes that the technology will help seniors with dementia. They have tested the technology by setting seniors up with the headset and then setting them in an office chair. By slowly twirling the chair, MyndVR creates a panoramic effect. More
Nearly every week brings another diet, superfood, or some other advice to lose weight or feel 20 years younger. While some of these promotions may offer some good ideas, many do not and can leave people confused and frustrated. Furthermore, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other serious health issues seem to be only getting worse. A recent article in The Wall Street Journal by cardiologist, Dr. John Day offers some simple, yet important tips that I think many can benefit from. Dr. Day consulted with fellow doctors and nutritionists for his high cholesterol and high blood pressure and yet received was different advice. After reading and studying a small village in Bapan, China known as the “Longevity Village” due to its high concentration of centenarians, Dr. Day that the people in Bapan:
“age very slowly and don’t struggle with obesity; villagers in their 90s and even 100s are often still out in their gardens and farms. There is virtually no heart disease or cancer. Dementia is all but unheard of. More