Right about now, some of us may be straining to adhere to our New Year’s resolutions about exercise. As a practicing sports medicine specialist at OHSU, I can say, unequivocally, that an investment in physical activity now will pay big dividends later, especially as we age.
Just four hours earlier, Sallie Cutler had been sharing Mother’s Day lunch with her mom, Alyce Cheatham.
Then, that same evening, Cheatham, 96, landed in a Portland, Ore., emergency room, lethargic, unable to speak and paralyzed on her right side by a massive stroke.
It does not take a hurricane to put nursing home residents at risk when disaster strikes.
Around the country, facilities have been caught unprepared for far more mundane emergencies than the hurricanes that recently struck Florida and Houston, according to an examination of federal inspection records. Those homes rarely face severe reprimands, records show, even when inspectors identify repeated lapses.
The challenges faced by an aging population in rural communities takes center stage at a conference scheduled for April 20-21.
Sponsored by the Office of Rural Health, the goal is to bring people together to learn from one another about creative innovative ideas, said Scott Ekblad. Often, there are barriers to access in rural areas such as the lack of transportation and a shortage of providers which place a heavy burden on caregivers and families.
Dale Marsh has not been enamored with his health insurance since the Affordable Care Act took effect. Premiums for Marsh, 53, and his wife, Tammy, rose, their deductibles grew, and they gave up access to their regular doctors to keep costs down.
Dr. Lee Gross is worried. He has practiced family medicine in North Port, Florida, near Sarasota, for 14 years. But he and two partners are the last small, independent practice in the town of 62,000.
JUPITER, Florida — She didn’t want to spend the rest of her days seeing doctors, the 91-year-old woman confessed to Dr. Kevin Newfield as he treated a deep wound on her arm.
“You don’t have to, but you have to tell me what you do want,” Newfield replied.