Although it is not entirely clear which factors and to what degree contribute to the development of breast cancer, this article describes a summary of practical lifestyle changes that are helpful in this regard (and on many other levels too!).
The title of a presentation I gave last week was “Caregiver Concerns.” In it, I shared three troubling statistics:
- The value of unpaid care in the U.S. is $470 billion per year.
- The percentage of adult children providing personal care or financial assistance to a parent has more than tripled over the past 15 years.
- The total estimated aggregate lost wages, pension and Social Security benefits of these caregivers is nearly $3 trillion.
This article focuses on the crisis that this represents to women, in particular. As a daughter and “only child” of two wonderful parents, this is certainly relevant to my life!
Here is a fascinating study that compares the United States to 11 other countries regarding factors associated with primary care coordination. Unfortunately, the US had the highest rate of poor primary care coordination. It is no surprise that adults with poor primary care coordination are more likely to be hospitalized and to visit the ER.
Are we too clean for our children’s good? This fun article takes a closer look.
How Social Isolation is Killing Us seems to be a fitting article to read as we think about all kinds of relationships in our lives.
The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness. As men grow older, they tend to let their friendships lapse. But there’s still time to do something about it.
Of course, there has been a lot of attention paid in the media to what a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would mean. For more on the topic, I recommended this article regarding the impact on Black Lung Benefits, and this one regarding the Donut Hole, Medicaid/Long Term Care and limiting the cost of insurance premiums.
In my work with clients, I interact with phenomenal healthcare workers of multiple ethnic backgrounds, many of whom immigrated to this country. This article, As New England Ages, Immigrants Make Up A Growing Share Of Health Workers, describes how as New England’s baby boomers grow older and live longer, the need for healthcare workers also increases.
This incredibly moving article about palliative care and dying helped me to work through some unresolved feelings about our recent work with a dying client.