Long-term Care Contentment May Indeed Be a Warm Puppy

Long-term Care Contentment May Indeed Be a Warm Puppy

HEALTH March 2016 A Healthy Age Eden proponents believe personal growth can happen at any age. Homes which feature the Eden Alternative philosophy host pets, often dogs, cats, and sometimes even an aviary with colorful birds and plants. Residents can bond with the animals, feed and care for them. Dr. Bill Thomas is one of […]

Confusing data about alcohol consumption may leave us high and dry

Confusing data about alcohol consumption may leave us high and dry

HEALTH February 2016 A Healthy Age  As if seniors don’t have enough to worry out, the literature on drinking alcohol could confuse the soberest judge. James Bond, Agent 007, likes his martini “shaken, not stirred.” But if his countrymen at the United Kingdom’s Department of Health have their way, 007 will be drinking a kale […]

Your birthday suit deserves year-round care

Your birthday suit deserves year-round care

HEALTH February 2016 A Healthy Age While skin cancer is the greatest fear, winter sunburn can hurt and harm as much as the overindulgent first summer day at the beach. The face, ears, hands and arms are sneaky targets for Ole Sol we may not consider. With holidays a memory and summer far away, wearing […]

5 Ways to Sabotage your Medical Appointment

5 Ways to Sabotage your Medical Appointment

EALTH February 2016 A Healthy Age No one can remember all pills, potions, and products. If you do not believe me, do as I did. Drop all your pills on the floor from the pill minder, as I did with my mother’s. In 1963, I experienced several childhood diseases. Kindly old Doc Huffman made house […]

A Fearless Look at Raising a Child with Autism

Since my son was diagnosed with autism in 1992, I’ve been involved with those who serve individuals with intellectual disabilities. I often read books by parents of children on the spectrum, the occasional clinical study, and many media articles on the subject. What sometimes bugs me about articles I read about autism is they sometimes […]

Health Reporting from Soup to Nuts

I write for multiple organizations in the health field, as a journalist and as a ghostwriter.  Below are links to some of my recent by-lined work for multiple clients. Surviving a Health Crisis as an Advocate Moving from Oral Meds to Insulin MS: Real Relapses vs. Pseudo Relapses Are My Kids Not Sleeping Because of […]

Easter Seal’s Annual Meeting Talk

October 30, 2013 was my last day as Board Chair for the Easter Seals of Southwestern Indiana.  These are the notes of my remarks from the Annual Meeting. As we celebrate another successful year of serving our community, I draw your attention to a quote by anthropologist Margaret Mead.  She said: “Never doubt that a […]

How We Got Here: American Healthcare

How We Got Here: American Healthcare

In the fall of 1948, my mother was a senior in high school.  She competed in Original Oratory on the school’s National Forensics team. Her topic was Why We Need National Healthcare. Mom was seventeen. She died in a nursing home in 2012. Fortunately for her, she and my father lived in an independent apartment […]

What Happened at the Birth of Medicare?

The traffic around Capitol Hill has ebbed with Congress on a five-week summer recess. But, before leaving town,  the House slammed the Affordable Care Act yet again with the fortieth vote for repeal. In a ironic twist of history, 48 years ago President Johnson went to Independence, MO, the home of former president Harry Truman […]

Thoughts for Hot Flashers

Thoughts for Hot Flashers

Unless you’ve had a hot flash — that dizzying, toxic, sitting in a sweat-lodge feeling from the neck up — you may not understand why the recent news from Yale University about the estrogen studies of 2002 makes postmenopausal women take notice. Yale researchers believe that upwards of 50,000 women may have died unnecessarily after […]

Advocating for a Family Member in Crisis

March 13, 2013 — Three times this week, I’ve had a conversation with someone trying to help a family member navigate a health crisis … In my personal and professional life, I am tied to our healthcare system.  In my small business, I provide consulting and editorial  services to health care organizations. During the first […]

Rules for Incredible Summer Skin

Rules for Incredible Summer Skin

It’s never too late for a warm weather skin regimen. Theresa Baggett, owner, Fusion Spa & Boutique, and Shelley Patterson, cosmetologist share some tips for enhancing and maintaining beautiful skin during extreme heat. The first guiding principle “applies” to everyone. “Use a sunscreen all year, but be particularly diligent during the summer and opt for […]

Former Triathlete Crosses Challenging Finish Line

Obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be a time-consuming and stressful experience. Two out of every three applicants initially are denied. Diagnosed with ocular pharyngeal muscular dystrophy, Kelly Boyd Smith feared the future. She could no longer compete as an accomplished triathlete. A May 2008 attack of pneumonia found her dangerously ill on a […]

Television Producer Copes With Debilitating Disease

Obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be a time-consuming and stressful experience. Two out of every three applicants initially are denied. Positive thinking and daily exercise help Richard Velasquez to cope with Parkinson’s disease. After being denied SSDI twice, he found Coverage on the Internet. Read how Coverage did everything over the phone for […]

Working Mom Finds Relief from Financial Stress

Working Mom Finds Relief from Financial Stress Obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be a time-consuming and stressful experience. Two out of every three applicants initially are denied. Charmyne Howell was a working mom with two boys before a medical expert diagnosed her with spondylolisthesis, a condition she was born with that had caused […]