The Three Main Challenges to Aging in Place

It’s undeniable that baby boomers have reshaped society during the past two decades, and as they take their journey through retirement, experts see them continuing to break with the ways of the past and forge their own trail through life’s golden years. For baby boomers, retreating to an institutional setting to spend the later years…


Four Tips to Help Seniors Overcome Social Isolation

When families think about how to help parents as they age, they tend to focus on physical and environmental challenges. “I’m worried about dad tripping and falling,” or “Keeping the house clean has become too demanding of a task for mom” are concerns we often hear from adult children when they’re looking for guidance on…


Your Guide to Navigating Medicare’s Open Enrollment

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older as well as younger individuals who are receiving Social Security Disability Insurance. Medicare is broken up into four different parts, each one providing coverage for specific medical needs. Understanding how the distinct parts of Medicare interact with each other, what coverage options…


Health Care Planning Following a Diagnosis of Dementia

Progressive forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, allow the individual diagnosed with the disease to participate in the planning of their care. In last month’s edition of Life Navigator, we looked at financial and legal considerations one should make following the diagnosis of dementia. In this month’s article, we turn our attention to the planning…


What Is Connected Health?

Historically, health care has been disconnected, or as Susmit Pal, Healthcare Strategist at Dell EMC, describes it, “… episodic in nature, with clinicians making decisions without seeing a comprehensive picture of the patient.” The goal of connected health then is to help health care professionals see a more complete view of the patient, not just…


The Important Role of the Patient Advocate

America’s health care system is more complicated than ever, and many patients lack the clinical background to make sense of the overwhelming amount of information they are given by their doctors, specialists, pharmacists and other health care professionals. Exacerbating the situation, doctors are seeing more patients and have less time to spend per patient counseling them about their diagnosis and treatment options. As a result, patient outcomes are suffering.