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What is Geriatric Care and How Does it Compare to Home Care?

You're looking for reliable care for your elderly parent. Perhaps Mom or Dad was recently discharged from the hospital. Or your loved one may have trouble walking, talking or remembering directions. Aging naturally diminishes physical and mental abilities, and aging parents may be at risk for a host of health issues: high blood pressure, stroke, dehydration, 
dementia  and Alzheimer's. Whatever the case, you find yourself searching for what Mom or Dad needs. One popular term you'll likely to come across is 'geriatric care,' and it's worth knowing everything it encompasses.

Advance Care Planning: Healthcare Directives

Advance care planning is not just about old age. At any age, a medical crisis could leave you too ill to make your own healthcare decisions. Even if you are not sick now, planning for health care in the future is an important step toward making sure you get the medical care you would want, if you are unable to speak for yourself and doctors and family members are making the decisions for you.

Many Americans face questions about medical treatment but may not be capable of making those decisions, for example, in an emergency or at the end of life. This article will explain the types of decisions that may need to be made in such cases and questions you can think about now so you're prepared later. 

August is National Eye Exam Month

This August, observe National Eye Exam Month by learning about ways to keep your vision clear and healthy. As we age, getting a baseline eye exam can detect early signs of disease or damage to your eyes. Ophthalmologists recommend periodic eye exams every 2-4 years from the ages of 40 to 65, and every 1-2 years after the age of 65. Deteriorating vision can be an early indicator of other health issues. Getting vision exams on a regular schedule helps doctors to identify issues in their early stages. While most symptoms are often disregarded, getting a simple checkup and following a doctor's orders can greatly lower risks of more severe and future damage, and you can continue to enjoy healthy vision.

As a participant in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer'sĀ®, Visiting Angels of Pikesville is leading the way to Alzheimer's first survivor - but we can't take on this disease alone. Will you join our Team on this important day by walking beside us? With you on our Team, together we can make a real difference in the fight against the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Registration is easy; simply click on the picture above and join the Team. If you're unable to participate, please consider making a donation to our fundraising campaign (again, just click on the picture to donate!). Every dollar advances the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's AssociationĀ®.

Thank you!