What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet?: How to Safely Discard Prescription Medications

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If you are like most of us, it’s likely you have a few bottles of prescription medicine lying around that you don’t need anymore. Perhaps you filled a prescription, only to learn later your doctor was changing your treatment plans. Or perhaps the drugs prescribed went out of date before you finished taking them.

When you wind up with a medicine cabinet full of unwanted or unused medications, it’s a good idea to dispose of them, but how?

Safely dispose of prescriptions

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Honey, I’m Home: When Mom and Dad Come to Stay

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While many seniors find it possible to remain happy and healthy at home as they age, many more are finding happiness in a different home: their children’s.

In 2008, 6.2 million intergenerational households resided in the United States. In 2010, the number jumped to 7.1 million households, or 6.1 percent of all households. This two-year increase marked a faster rate of growth than the previous eight years combined.

Moving a loved one into your home may be the right choice for your ...

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Geriatricians: Specialty Doctors for Seniors

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Who doesn’t have memories of visiting the pediatrician as a kid? You know, the “kid doctor” who always had a seemingly endless supply of lollipops, perfect medicine for post-shot tears? From that point on, most of us have spent an hour or two in the company of a medical specialist, ranging from a dermatologist to a gynecologist to a surgeon and beyond.

As we age, many people 65+ decide to transition their day-to-day healthcare needs from a general practitioner, a medical ...

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FREE WHITE PAPER: What to do when at-home isn’t enough but assisted living is too much?

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America is facing an explosion in both the relative and absolute number of seniors comprising our population, and with that explosive growth comes an increasing number of difficult choices which will need to be made by an increasing number of seniors, their family members and their caregivers.

Not surprisingly, seniors constantly experience frustration – and in many cases, even anger – over their individual inability to successfully “age-in-place,” especially as their individual need for medical intervention increases. This has led to ...

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Seniors and Vitamins: Finding the Right Dose for Better Health

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For many of us, taking vitamins (remember the ones that looked like characters on “The Flinstones”) was once a daily occurrence. Somewhere along the way, we fell out of the habit. But recent studies show that now may be the time for seniors to consider resuming their vitamin routine.

The Cleveland Clinic reports that more than one third of Americans over the age of 75 have a vitamin deficiency, primarily because they don’t eat as much food ...

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Organ Donors and Recipients: Giving the Gift of Life

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A sobering fact of life is that many of us at some point may need an organ transplant. If you are among the pool of people needing such a procedure, you are not alone. In the U.S., 85,000 men, women and children are awaiting organ transplants.

Organ transplants are far more common than many people realize, although they are not widely publicized for sake of privacy and HIPPA compliance. Some donor recipients, however, put themselves out there as advocates. One is ...

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RAH Founder & CEO Brian Carrigan interviewed by News Talk 1340 WGAU’s Barbara Dooley

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RAH’s Brian Carrigan interviewed by Athens, GA legend (and radio personality) Barbara Dooley on News Talk 1340 WGAU.

 

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Growing Old: Paying Attention to the Signs of Illness…and Wellness

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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, one of the many major good news/bad news scenarios facing the aging US population today is increased longevity, along with a considerably higher incidence of multiple “co-morbid” (overlapping maladies) conditions.

While geriatric experts differ on the ranking of the most prevalent health issues, all agree that most people who live to be 65 years and older will eventually have to deal with one or several unwanted medical conditions. Due to heredity, environment or both ...

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Caregiver of the Month – Andy Bryant

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July 2012

Andy Bryant made his way to Athens, GA, from Los Angeles, CA, with his mother, brother, and sister after his father passed away when he was just four years old. Once he arrived in the Athens area, he attended and later graduated from the Westminster Christian Academy in Watkinsville. 
 
Between his junior and senior years at Westminster, he completed his basic training in preparation for a career in the U.S. Army. In the Army, he was assigned one ...

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Penning A “Bucket List” – Macabre or A Worthwhile Exercise?

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Younger generations may have become acquainted with the notion of a “Bucket List” from the 2007 feature film of the same name starring Academy Award winners Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as two terminally ill cancer patients who abscond from their hospital beds to complete a to-do inventory of activities before they die.

But the idea of doing the things (or some of the things, anyway) you’ve never had a chance to do before you “kick the bucket” isn’t a novel ...

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