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Entries from July 2009

Nursing Home Reform – 1950 and Beyond

July 30th, 2009 · No Comments

Previously, we learned how the concept of the elderly living in a care home began with the horrible, degrading almshouse of the early 19th century. Now we are entering the 1950s and we will see the struggle politicians and health care advocates have had in making adequate and affordable care available for our senior citizens. The desire […]

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Tags: Aging · Elder Care · Health Care

How Nursing Homes Began in America

July 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Recently I was thinking about seniors in previous eras – who took care of them? Where did they live? I thought that nursing homes came into being fairly recently, say in the 1900s. In addition, I thought that before nursing homes were established families took care of their aging parents by bringing them into their […]

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Tags: Aging · Elder Care

Obesity-Related Health Spending Doubled Over Last Decade

July 28th, 2009 · No Comments

Health care reform is a hot topic right now as President Obama presses forward with his plan for all Americans to have access to adequate health care. However, those who are involved in health care related fields recognize the real cost savings will more likely be achieved when obesity and its related health risks are […]

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Tags: Diabetes · Healthy Lifestyle · Medical

Food Safety Tips

July 27th, 2009 · No Comments

During the summer, many people take advantage of the beautiful weather to spend time outdoors. They enjoy physical outdoor activities as well as picnics, BBQs and family reunions. All too often people become ill due to foodbourne diseases because they do not follow proper food safety tips. The World Health Organization (WHO) determined the need […]

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Tags: Healthy Lifestyle · Personal Health

Senior Citizens: Unprecedented Future World Growth Causes Concern

July 25th, 2009 · No Comments

In a good news bad news scenario, the good news is that the world population is living longer due to improvements in health care. Of concern is who will take care of them and how much it will cost. As part of the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging commissioned a study […]

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Tags: Aging · Elder Care · Health Care