Articles: Growing Wiser & Healthier

We're not old - we are seasoned. Discuss the ups and downs of getting older. Reminisce. Commiserate about the aches and pains of bodies that can't always keep up with our spirits.

The Latest Medicare Proposals - More Cuts to Providers, Means Testing, and Rationing

by VickyRN - from an editorial in the new york times, dated sept 24, 2011: sound familiar? let's just continue to cut medicare reimbursements to providers and... Read More →

Last comment by FranEMTnurse
Trading Places

Trading Places

by VivaLasViejas - It was never supposed to be this way. We were supposed to grow old together, my sister and I. We were supposed to sit on the porch---she in the shade, I in the... Read More →

Last comment by FranEMTnurse
If You're Clumsy and You Know It, Pour Your Meds

If You're Clumsy and You Know It, Pour Your Meds

by VivaLasViejas - I've got to admit it: I HATE filling up my pill minders each week. The reasons for this are many, not the least of which is being reminded that I take enough... Read More →

Last comment by amoLucia
To Everything, There Is A Season

To Everything, There Is A Season

by VivaLasViejas - Maybe it's just a quirk of mine, but I've always associated certain songs with seasons of the year. I'm not just talking about Christmas or Easter music; I mean... Read More →

Last comment by mc3
I can't hide but Why do I have to know so much?

I can't hide but Why do I have to know so much?

by TopazLover - "Where is that file? I can't find that bill. #$%@#$% drivers, too close. Could you balance my check book? Where did I put my glasses? Who moved my keys?" Daily... Read More →

Last comment by nurseprnRN

Another Trip Around the Sun

by VivaLasViejas - Today is my birthday. I'm 54. Which means I've reached my mid-fifties without having ever gotten really used to the idea that my forties were over. A lot of... Read More →

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Frailty in the Elderly: Can It Be Prevented?

Frailty in the Elderly: Can It Be Prevented?

by VickyRN - Frailty in the elderly is a difficult concept to define, yet we all know it when we see it. It is not a medical diagnosis per se, but a word commonly used to... Read More →

Last comment by Tweety
A bedside confession

A bedside confession

by jaelpn - I was always a late bloomer. The kind of person that never quite caught on until everyone else had already done and seen things in life that I had yet to begin. I... Read More →

Last comment by TheCommuter
Medicare Preventive Services

Medicare Preventive Services

by VickyRN - Prevention is any activity that reduces the burden of mortality or morbidity from disease. Services performed in a clinical setting that are designed to prevent... Read More →

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Stupid People Tricks

Stupid People Tricks

by VivaLasViejas - Here's how kooky Viva shows everyone she's koo-koo for Cocoa Puffs: She goes to an appointment in a big building, gets turned around in there but doesn't realize... Read More →

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The Case Against the New Health Care Law (PPACA)

by VickyRN - it certainly is unprecedented: twenty-six states and the national federation of independent business banding together in a legal challenge to the highest court in... Read More →

Last comment by toomuchbaloney
So Long As We Both Shall Live

So Long As We Both Shall Live

by VivaLasViejas - This year, as some readers know, everything has changed. We now count our remaining time in terms of a year or so, not decades, and our hopes for the future in... Read More →

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The Hardest Decision I've Ever Made

The Hardest Decision I've Ever Made

by VivaLasViejas - I knew it was the beginning of the end when she fell here at home and fractured her pelvis in two places. She has now been in the SNF for two months, rehabbing... Read More →

Last comment by NDE Experience

"Aw, You're So Cute!" or, How NOT To Treat A Senior Citizen

by VivaLasViejas - You've got to know you've reached the pre-elderly stage when you're approached by a store employee with a genuine smile on her face and asked if you need any help.... Read More →

Last comment by tachybradyRN
Where did the expression "xxxx poor" come from

Where did the expression "xxxx poor" come from

by sharpeimom - They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot And then once it was full it was taken and sold to the ... Read More →

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Long-Term Care Insurance: A Brief Overview

Long-Term Care Insurance: A Brief Overview

by VickyRN - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 percent of persons aged 65 and older will need some sort of institutional or community long-term... Read More →

Atypical Presentation of Illness in the Elderly

Atypical Presentation of Illness in the Elderly

by VickyRN - Nursing staff at the continuing care retirement community have noticed that Sarah Jones, age 94, is not her usual self. Over the past 24 hours, the elderly resident... Read More →

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President Obama's Bipartisan Debt Commission - Heed or Ignore?

by VickyRN - "the national commission on fiscal responsibility and reform" was established by executive order of president obama in february, 2010. the bipartisan panel... Read More →


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