Tag: aging parents

Being Prepared in Case of a Fall

falls graphicAs you or your loved one get older, falls may be something that you have to plan for. Falls happen for many reasons – stiff joints, vision changes, illness or a medication that affects balance. So what can you do to help put your mind at ease and help ensure the safety of your family?

10 Questions to Ask About Joint Replacement

knee pain red kneeHas your knee or hip pain become so painful that you are considering joint replacement surgery? There are many questions to ask your physician as you consider this life altering surgery.

In planning your treatment, your doctor will consider many things, including your age, activity level and general health. If nonsurgical treatment methods, such as medication and physical therapy, don’t relieve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend total joint replacement surgery.

Your doctor and health care team will provide you with information to help you prepare for surgery. Never hesitate to ask questions, but what questions should you ask?

A Doctor in the Palm of Your Hand

symptom checker appHave you ever found yourself looking online to find out what type of illness you may have? Oftentimes these stray searches on the internet end in stress, and could cause you to think your injury or illness is much worse than it really is. Simplify your life and relieve the stress of not knowing what could be wrong with that sore knee of yours by downloading Health eCheck, a free symptom checker app from UMass Memorial Health Care.

New Insurance Guidelines Cover Lung Cancer Screening Test

sticky-note-lung-cancer-screeningDid you know that lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women? Did you also know that according to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast and prostate cancers combined. This is true because lung cancer is typically already more advanced when someone seeks medical attention for already existing symptoms. This makes early diagnosis crucial, as it provides the best chance for effective treatment options and better prognosis.