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Self-Help & Advice for Individuals, Families and Caregivers

These articles are based on my personal experience as a family caregiver, interviews with health care providers and sharing information with many other family caregivers. I continue to acquire new information through research and by attending conferences, symposiums and lectures. My husband, Dr. Earnest Carlton, who lectures and consults with family caregivers, is also a valuable resource.

• Do You Have Questions About Medicare?

October, 2015
"Every state in the USA and its territories has a local state health insurance assistance program (SHIP). Click on the link below to find local resources that will help you find the answers to your questions. Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15, 2015 to December 7, 2015."


• How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

August, 2015
"By Gretchen Reynolds, NY Times, July 15, 2015 Sometimes a simple solution can be beneficial. Read this article about a study comparing walking in nature vs walking in the city. "

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• Poison Control Help Line 1 (800) 222-1222

June, 2015
"You never know when you will need help from the Poison Control Center. Call 1 (800) 222-1222 for information regarding a poison emergency as well as prevention information. Their website, allows you to stay updated on the latest poison alerts, learn prevention tips, find the poison control center near you, and access the National Poison Data System. "


• Senior Health

May, 2015
"Click on the link below to find HEALTH TOPICS A-Z. This site was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). "


• Eldercare Locator

April, 2015
"Click on the link below to find services for older adults and their families in your state. Eldercare Locator is a public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging. You can also reach them at 1-800-677-1116. "


• A Grief So Deep It Won't Die

March, 2015
"By Paula Span, NY Times, August 14, 2015 Read about symptoms characteristic of complicated grief on the NY Times, "The New Old Age" blog by Paula Span."

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• A Positive Attitude and Purpose can Improve Your Quality of Life

January, 2015
"Americans are living longer and healthier lives. Today's population of seniors is more active and involved than at any other time in history. The myth of the frail and feeble senior belongs to . . ."

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• When the Caregiver Needs A Break

October, 2014
"Family caregivers may have the responsibility of their own children or a job in addition to caregiving. They often do not realize that they need a break until they find themselves in an emergency and . . ."

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The following articles were included in the newsletter titled "Lead Your Health" published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Kansas Foundation of Medical Care (KFMC), in a column called, My Doctor Book Corner. The articles were published from October 2013 through May 2014.

• Making the Most of Your Doctor Visit with My Doctor Book

June, 2014
"Your doctor visit is a perfect time to be proactive in your healthcare decisions. According to AARP and Today’s Caregiver Magazine, the majority of doctors want their patients to be engaged during a doctor visit by asking questions and . . ."

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• Suggestions for Improving Memory

May, 2014
"As we age, it is natural to worry about our memory failing. Every time we experience a "senior moment", dementia is in the back of our minds. According to the Alzheimer's Association, dementia is not . . ."

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• Enhance Your Quality of Life

April 2014
"Health care providers recommend being active and involved to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle. However, people with chronic conditions or illnesses ..."

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• Using My Doctor Book in the Hospital

March 2014
"Whether you keep you own records or are a caregiver, My Doctor Book continues to be a valuable resource each time there is a hospital stay. The paramedics, ER personnel and nurses ..."

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• Caring for the Caregiver

January 2014
"I have been a caregiver for my mom for 13 years and as I get older, she does too. Her conditions have become more serious which require more time and attention ..."

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• Caregiving During the Holidays

December 2013
"November was National Caregiver month and as we go into the holidays, we don't give up our role as caregiver, but we can modify that role so that we can enjoy the season ..."

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• Traveling with My Doctor Book

November 2013
"Visiting family and friends for the holidays evokes in many of us the feelings of holidays past. As we fondly reminisce, we are filled with the anticipation and excitement ..."

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• How to Begin Using My Doctor Book

October 2013
"Congratulations for using My Doctor Book (MDB) as your personal medical records organizer. Those who use MDB often feel more involved, more empowered and more in control ..."

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