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Drugs Are Making Seniors Fall Down and Die

Drugs Are Making Seniors Fall Down and Die                 A study published last month in Pharmacoepidemiology & Drug Safety (PDS) reports that in a study of more than 370,000 deaths between 1999 and 2017, the use of fall-risk increasing drugs, and deaths due to falls, are on the rise. Furthermore, the percent of people receiving at…

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‘I Care A Lot’ In Real Life

‘I Care A Lot’ In Real Life                 The recent movie on Netflix, I Care A Lot, features the actress Alicia Witt playing the corrupt Dr. Karen Amos, who finds unsuspecting patients and connects them to a crooked legal guardian named Marla Grayson, played by Rosamund Pike. Marla compensates Karen with stock options for her part…

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Covid in Nursing Homes

Ageism at Its Worst In New York – Covid in Nursing Homes                Political leaders are under fire from many different sides for their bungling of the Coronavirus epidemic.  New York made at least two critical mistakes in the past year, both of which were horrible in different ways. The first terrible decision was to send…

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Elder Fraud Schemes Are Everywhere – Beware!

Elder Fraud Schemes Are Everywhere – Beware!                With so many people having to be isolated this past year due to Coronavirus, it’s safe to say that the number of fraud schemes targeting the elderly has skyrocketed. And if you think it’s a small number of scam artists operating out of an Internet café in Africa…

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Reversing Dementia and Memory Loss – Part 4

Important Advice For Reversing Dementia and Memory Loss – Part 4. A common occurrence at many skilled nursing facilities is when an elderly resident suddenly becomes agitated. Perhaps she recently lost a close friend or relative; maybe she received some other bad news. Whatever the cause, the ever-efficient nursing staff will note the agitation in…

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Patients and Patient Representatives are Entitled to Medical Records

Patients and Patient Representatives are Entitled to Medical Records A common question that we are asked is, “Can I have access to my elderly mother’s medical records?”  The short answer is yes if you hold the Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA). Cal Health & Safety Code § 123110(b) states: Additionally, any patient or patient’s representative…

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How Can I Get a Family Member’s Medical Records After They Die?

How Can I get deceased Family Members Medical Records? Deceased Family Members Medical Records – The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is made up of stringent regulations regarding the disclosure of patient medical records. It applies to all health care providers (i.e. doctor offices; hospitals, etc.) and is based on the general found…

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