The Aging Population and Health Care Options


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Senior Health Care

Senior Health Care on the Rise

In New York, New Jersey, and the greater metropolitan area, there are many choices when it comes to senior health care programs. Among these choices are Dry Harbor; Home Instead Senior Care, founded by Paul and Lori Hogan in 1994; and BrightStar, founded by J.D. and Shelly Sun in 2002.

All these companies are focused on addressing many of the issues arising from the fact that the number of seniors as a percentage of the population is steadily growing, thus bringing the issues of health care to the forefront of society’s concerns.

In the past when a senior did not have family to care for them their only option was to live and be cared for in a nursing home if living independently was impossible. Today this is far from the reality. Franchises such as BrightStar and Home Instead are available to help seniors, who are not ill and can live on their own, but just need a bit of assistance with cooking, shopping, cleaning, taking meds or the like. And there are full-service health care programs such as the Dry Harbor Nursing Home, which offers services such as skilled rehabilitation as well as long-term care and assisted living care.

With so many options available today to the aging population, which is living longer and in better health, it pays to research well what health care suits each individual best.

Finding the Right Nursing Home


senior-homeWhen it comes time to finding alternative accommodation for a member of our family, where do you start? Where do you look? What questions should you ask? It is not an easy decision to move a parent out of their home (or yours) to a nursing home but these days the options are many and varied and often really are catered to suit the individual. Indeed, many elderly are now looking to move out of their homes as they are lonely. In New York, places like Dry Harbor Nursing Home and Acer Heart Senior Home are great options for seniors who still want to live life to the fullest.

But as an adult child of a parent going into a nursing home, what should you be looking for? While part of the answer to this question depends on the personality of your aging relative and what they enjoy doing, much of it is the same for everyone. Quality of care, testimonials from others, nutrition and activities are all features that should be taken into consideration.

For those who are reluctant to put their mothers or fathers into care, keep visiting the home. At the Dry Harbor Nursing Home for example, one will find a very modern facility with the finest rehabilitation equipment, warm and friendly staff and more. But visit. And don’t just visit once. Keep on visiting until you get a good feeling. Also speak to your parent when they move in and make sure they are comfortable. Always keep the lines of communication open.

Remember with places like Dry Harbor and Acer Heart, it’s not like it was years ago – these nursing/senior homes are really a fun place for one to live and enjoy life to the fullest and ultimately you’ll be doing your parent a favor by making this choice.

When Fast Food Makes You Fit


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vegetablesWhat an interesting phenomenon. Fast food making you fit. But these days, since that is what New Yorkers seem to want, that is what they are getting. So instead of French fries on the menu, you will probably have a “wastED salad,” made up of waste (such as broccoli stalks, cabbage cores, carrot peels, roasted bread heels) and other such stuff that is usually put in the “waste” pile.

Who would have thought – even just a few years ago – that after the sushi craze would come the waste craze with a side dressing of spicy pesto vinaigrette. Toss out your burgers and give me some scraps. Well, people who have been concerned for the environment for many years are now actually doing something about it in their everyday lives. And eateries are responding in kind. Five Guys, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen and more are putting these items on their menus. Highly processed foods are on the out.

However, American diners still want speed and convenience. So how do they match that with fast food? That is where the above eateries have found their niche. People today want it all: great, healthy food, that is fast and convenient. They want to know what is going into their food and are willing to pay more for what they view as healthier.

Castle Connolly: Assessing Top Doctors for 2015


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doctorsCastle Connolly Medical, together with Inside Jersey, has prepared a lineup of Top Doctors for 2015 inside the state of New Jersey. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. was founded in 1992 by John Castle (of Castle Harlan) and John J. Connolly, Ed.D.  In the past, Castle was chairman of the Board of New York Medical College for 11 years and a member of its board for a further 11 years.  He also held the role of commissioner and executive officer of the Joint Commission. Connolly, Ed.D, is a former president of New York Medical College.

Castle Connolly Medical created by John Castle of Castle Harlan and John J. Connolly’s mission is: “to help consumers find the best healthcare.” As well as the Top Doctors list, Castle Connolly Medical also publishes consumer guides to the following: “America’s Top Doctors,” “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer,” “Top Doctors: New York Metro Area,” “The Best in Senior Living & Eldercare Options” and “The ABCs of HMOs.”

One of the most trusted aspects of the list of Top Doctors prepared by Castle Connolly Medical is that doctors are not able to pay to make the list. Rather, the only way they can be a part of it is by being hand selected by Castle Connolly Medical’s physician-led research team which asks thousands of doctors and health care professionals to “identify excellent doctors in every specialty in their region and throughout the nation.” Further, Castle Connolly continues to monitor any possible changes in status of a doctor who made the list.

US HealthCare: A Weighty Matter


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healthy-foodWhile Americans spend the most on health care of any industrialized nation, they also have one of the lowest life expectancies. Last year figures for healthcare spending reached $3.8 trillion but life expectancy on average is 79, as compared to 82 in Western Europe and the UK, and 83 in Japan.

Why is America doing so poorly but spending so much? The answer seems to be obesity.   Indeed, according to a recent study undertaken by the OECD on wellbeing, out of Asia, the Americas and Europe, the US “is home to the most obese population,” as well as the most “underperforming students and second in murders and assaults.”

What America is high on the list for is its personal wealth and amount of rooms in each personal home, but vis-à-vis obesity, it is the country with the most problems. Unfortunately therefore it seems that the country’s Agriculture Department (which has been removing sugar and salt from school lunches) and Michelle Obama’s work is not having a strong enough impact.

It’s really a wasted opportunity that a country – potentially so rich – is shooting itself in the foot by not combating the obesity war.


Senior Wellness Fairs


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elderlyEvery year, around Fall time, Patty Richie, State Senator, presents a series of Senior Health and Wellness Fairs.   In September and October the communities of central and northern New York are privy to such fairs at which they can access tips and tools needed to enhance their wellness.

At these fairs are free lunches, entertainment and more. This year is expected to be “bigger and better than ever.” It is a fabulous opportunity for seniors to find a way to actually enjoy enhancing their quality of life in a fun way. There will be over 50 exhibitors at each event presenting ways to improve health. And the free lunches will be prepared by the “future chefs” at St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and Oswego County CiTi.”


David Bershad: Fighting Breast Cancer


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breast-cancerDavid Bershad is fighting against the clock. As a supporter of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, he is on the fight to end breast cancer by 2020. Indeed, the NBCC even has a countdown clock if you visit as that is what Bershad and many others like him are fighting for – to find a cure once and for all to stop breast cancer from taking lives.

What the Breast Cancer Deadline 2020 does is unite “visionaries and leaders, scientists and advocates, to catalyze, plan and implement work in two major areas: how to prevent the development of breast cancer and understanding the causes and prevention of metastasis to save lives.” David Bershad is a part of this.

Indeed, the NBCC has set and reached many goals since its inception back in 1991. For example, as part of the Artemis Project, the organization has been able to give “seed grants to allow scientists to accelerate progress in each of the key areas identified in the collaborative research plans.”  Further the NBCC was behind the reintroduction of the Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act in the US Senate and House of Representatives. All of these actions and more are working toward the ultimate goal of 2020 – deadline to end breast cancer.

New York: The Legal Dispensation of Marijuana


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marijuanaFive New York pharmaceutical companies will be given a license from the New York State Department of Health to both grow and dispense medical marijuana. These are: Bloomfield Industries Inc., Columbia Care NY LLC, Empire State Health Solutions LLC, Etain and PharmaCann LLC. They were selected out of 43 companies that applied for the licenses.

It is hoped that the medical marijuana program for New York will be fully functioning by early next year. Until that time a lot has to happen, such as, first and foremost the registration of doctors and patients. Doctors need to participate in a four-hour New York State Department of Health-approved course before registering with the New York State Prescription Monitoring Program Registry. Without this no medical marijuana will be sold legally. Even those in desperate need from illnesses such as cancer will not be able to get it and have to date, not been able to access this.

Julie Netherland PhD., Deputy State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance further explained that “in the coming weeks, we will be taking a closer look at the companies to learn what we can about them. And over the long term, we’ll be working to insure they are held to the highest standards of corporate integrity and patient care.”

It was in July of last year that Governor Cuomo signed the Compassionate Care Act to provide patients who “suffer from designated serious conditions who also have a condition clinically associated with, or a complication of, the serious condition to be certified by their physicians” to be able to access marijuana for medical use.

NY Offices: When Environment Meets Wellness

wellnessAll employers want their staff to function well and take as few sick days as possible. But how can they have any control over that? The real estate company Colliers International believes there is a lot employers can do to enhance wellness in the workplace. Indeed, according to Keith Perske, Executive Managing Director of Workplace Strategy and Innovation for the Colliers Corporate Solutions Team, workplaces should be perceived as “holistic systems, not just panel heights and office sizes. By thinking this way, we don’t just focus on cost savings and space reduction, but on creating spaces that actually serve their purpose as tools for productivity and touchstones for culture. For this reason, we include a wellness component in all our workplace engagements.”

The question still remains though, how exactly does the real estate company fit into this? And what – in practical terms – is it doing? Perske explained: “We partner with clients to build workplaces that help people and create competitive advantages for companies. We think about workplaces as holistic systems, not just panel heights and office sizes. By thinking this way, we don’t just focus on cost savings and space reduction, but on creating spaces that actually serve their purpose as tools for productivity and touchstones for culture. For this reason, we include a wellness component in all our workplace engagements.”

There are so many things – way beyond a fitness room – a company can do to enhance workplace wellness. Offer employees healthy food choices, provide lower fat milk for coffee, make sure there is a lot of natural sunlight, boost authentic interactions. What does this do? Research has found that people just work better and are motivated to push themselves more when they are relaxed. For example, the Principal Financial Well-Being Index survey found that 40% of employees say they want to work harder and perform better and 26% miss fewer days of work by participating in wellness programs.

And when employees are relaxed, they are less likely to hate coming to work, more likely to stay healthy and thus will take sick days off less frequently.

So the more wellness in the workplace, the better productivity for the company. It just makes “cents” to care for one’s employees.

Beauty Skin Tips from the Experts


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beauty-creamModel Zillin Luo has some great beauty tips for everyone to easily maintain that summer sheen without looking sweaty!

It’s so easy to get caught up in the crazy heat and give up on your beauty routine. But you can instead take advantage of how the sun can dry out problematic pores on the skin. In other words, you can become more beautiful rather than less. What’s more, it doesn’t have to take the time it takes a model to beautify herself either. It just takes a few easily changeable tactics to turn sweat into shimmer!

For example, rather than using a standard cleanser and face cream, one should instead opt for an oil-free daily lotion with at least SPF 20. When it comes to make-up, this is a great time to go a shade lighter, suggests Luo. Opt for tinted moisturizer and lip gloss and ditch heavy-color-based lipstick. Next, add some summer splash to your skin, with a citrus smell to get your body smelling super fresh at all times.

Summer doesn’t have to be a disaster for beauty – it can actually be transformative if one just mixes up their skin care routines a bit.



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