• OCTOBER 17, 2017
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    Want to live longer? Get out of your chair.

    Want to live longer? Get out of your chair.

    Guided Patient Services tackles the reality of our modern life. We sit. We sit to eat, commute, work, be entertained, communicate, relax. Truth is–sitting is downright dangerous, even deadly. Researchers have concluded that our sitting is worse than smoking! Read below to find simple changes you can incorporate throughout the day to minimize your risk.   Even if

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    • APRIL 10, 2017
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    Do You Know the Difference Between a Hospital Patient Advocate and an Independent Advocate?

    Francine reports: After my husband Leonard had surgery last week, he stayed in the hospital four more days. I stayed by his side as much as I could and waited every day for the surgeon to check on him. I had a million questions! But I never saw the surgeon again once the surgery was

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    • FEBRUARY 8, 2017
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    The Longer You Sit, the Faster You Age! Really?

    It is argued that variations in telomere length may explain what can make some forty year olds look sixty, and some sixty year olds easily pass for forty. Research teams, especially those that focus on aging, are expanding on the research that won Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn the Nobel Prize for her work on telomeres. Telomeres

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    • DECEMBER 21, 2016
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    Is Your Loved One Safely Aging in Place?

    The holiday season brings families together, but for many who live far from an aging loved one, it can be both a joyous and concerning occasion. Family gatherings provide a wonderful opportunity to catch up with life events, while also observing how well your relative is managing their health and activities of daily living. You

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    • NOVEMBER 1, 2016
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    Centenarian Secrets: How to Live to Age 100 and Beyond

    If you live in a town with a population of ten thousand people, statistics show that there are about two centenarians out there living life– many to the fullest! That’s around 55,000 people who have made it to their 100th birthday in the U.S. alone. The census report from 2014 gave us a few more

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    • SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
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    More Men Caring for Mom -The Rise of the Male Caregiver

    If you are a man caring for a spouse or a parent, you and your fellow men are poised to change the face of caregiving for good. The 2012 Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project found that 37% of men over 18 years of age are now serving in a caregiver role and

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    • AUGUST 17, 2016
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    I am a 73-year-old orphan. Now what?

    At first it may sound silly or improbable. But this is, or will be, the reality for as many as one in four seniors. ​These seniors find themselves managing chronic diseases, new diagnoses, medical appointments, treatments and hospitalizations on their own. They do not have the support they need or desire, and are anxious about

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    • JULY 26, 2016
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    I heard “cancer”. My advocate heard everything else.

    Over the next several months, Guided Patient Services hopes to shed a light on some of the unique and powerful ways we have helped clients over the years. Hopefully you will never need our services, but if you or a loved one ever do, I hope you will recall the invaluable guidance and support a

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    • JUNE 30, 2016
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    Beyond Camomile-How to Improve Your Sleep

    Last month, we differentiated age related sleep changes from those suggestive of true sleep abnormalities. Now let’s see if we can implement some behavioral changes to optimize sleep and improve health and well being! Improve Daytime Habits to Improve Sleep 1. Get outside! Exposure to sunlight helps to improve your sleep-wake cycles. If you can’t

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    • MAY 3, 2016
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    When Counting Sheep Just Isn’t Enough

    Nothing makes you feel as refreshed as a good night’s sleep. How unfortunate, then, that good sleep–dare we say great sleep– becomes elusive as we age. Everyone yearns for that deep, satisfying sleep that renders you oblivious to all life throws at you. But how can you achieve this critically restorative sleep in today’s hectic

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    • MARCH 15, 2016
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    Private Professional Patient Advocates Week

    When your car breaks down, you call a mechanic. When you need legal advice, you call a lawyer. But when you’re faced with a health situation and you have to make important decisions quickly, where do you turn? You can contact a patient advocate. The Role of a Patient Advocate Patient advocates help individuals make

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    • FEBRUARY 21, 2016
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    It’s February…Forget the Failed Resolutions and Change Your Life!

    Valentine’s Day is over, and a month and a half have passed since we set our New Year’s Resolutions. Have you succeeded in upholding yours, or, like many, have your goals fallen to the wayside? ​ Oftentimes the problem with New Year’s Resolutions is that they are too big — we try to turn our

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    • JANUARY 11, 2016
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    Senior Safety Checklist Part II – Lifestyle Changes To Promote Senior Safety

    Last month, tools and guidelines were shared to assess the safety of aging loved ones. The goal was to determine if more assistance was needed for seniors in order for them to remain safe and healthy in their own home. This month, practical solutions and resources will be shared to implement necessary lifestyle changes. GENERAL

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    • NOVEMBER 15, 2015
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    Holiday Checklist for Aging Loved Ones

    The holidays are just around the corner. One can almost taste the delicious homemade meals and anticipate the joy of family gatherings. For those who live at a distance from their aging loved one, this may be the first time to see them in quite awhile. Holidays provide a wonderful opportunity to observe your loved

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    • OCTOBER 13, 2015
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    Kids Turn to Have “The Talk”

    Do you remember having “the talk”? Maybe it was with the school nurse? Or perhaps it was a health class presentation in which you sat amongst your same-sexed classmates, under duress? Or maybe were you uncomfortably introduced to the “birds and the bees” by a well-intentioned parent? In any case, this much was true–the subject

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    • SEPTEMBER 16, 2015
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    More Men Caring for Mom -The Rise of the Male Caregiver

    If you are a man caring for a spouse or a parent, you and your fellow men are poised to change the face of caregiving for good. Changes in today’s gender roles, together with an overall increased life expectancy, have lead many men to find themselves in what had traditionally been a woman’s role. The

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    • AUGUST 12, 2015
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    Fountain of Youth Re-Discovered?

    Could the “Fountain of Youth” be right under our noses? In a simpler, not so distant past, multi-generational families lived, worked and played together as a natural part of life. Nowadays, with families spread out across the country, those life-affirming multigenerational experiences are dwindling. Or are they? Statistics tell us that with each new day,

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    • JULY 6, 2015
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    Quick Consumer’s Guide to Avoid Medical Scams

    Each year more and more Americans are being scammed. While public awareness of fraudulent activity has improved, scammers tactics have become increasingly more elaborate and difficult to detect. What are some of the leading health scams tripping up even the most savvy of consumers? On-line pharmacies With rising pharmacy costs, many consumers consider using an

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    • JUNE 10, 2015
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    10 Tips to Improve Your Next Doctor’s Visit

    Have you ever left a healthcare appointment overwhelmed and confused? Perhaps you were determined to better understand your role in disease prevention or managing your symptoms, but, by the end of the visit, you found yourself barely keeping up with the conversation. Unfortunately, you are not alone. Many find the language of the fast-paced medical

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    • MAY 5, 2015
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    Seven “Must-Ask-Questions” When Choosing a Patient Advocate

    Part I in this blog series (see April 12 entry below) provided a better understanding of what a patient advocate or navigator does. Part II looks at the essential criteria and vital questions to ask when hiring an advocate. Advocate training and experience – Currently, there are no certification or credentials required to be a

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    • APRIL 12, 2015
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    What is a Patient Health Advocate or Navigator?

    While medical care continues to escalate in scope and complexity, allotted time for meaningful interactions with health care providers is on the decline. In this environment, many patients find themselves confused and poorly informed. These same patients are expected to make knowledgable health care decisions and weigh treatment options all while navigating today’s health care

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    • MARCH 17, 2015
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    Ten Thoughtful Ways to Help A Friend With Cancer

    Do you know someone diagnosed with cancer or other life altering illness? Here are ten thoughtful ways you can help. 1. Be a listener. It can be harder than it sounds, but so meaningful to someone struggling with a serious illness or cancer. 2. Provide a meal, have a carry-out meal delivered or even send

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