Pandemic – Manage the Stress

Angie Szumlinski Health

The pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 is stressful for everyone however the physical and emotional wellbeing of healthcare workers is a key component of maintaining essential healthcare services during the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus) outbreak. Resources are available to anticipate the stresses associated with providing healthcare workers and monitoring and assessing the mental health status as well as the overall wellbeing of …

Telehealth – Finally!

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

During this public health emergency there has been an urgency to expand telehealth/telemedicine to help people receive a wider range of services from their doctors without going to a healthcare facility. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, telehealth was only covered under Medicare/Medicaid for rural providers and existing patients. In order to reduce person-to-person contact with our most vulnerable population, and …

Happy senior couple training with dumbbells in gym.

Cardiac Rehab – Not Just a Trip to the Gym!

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Cardiac rehab has great potential at improving health outcomes among patients with heart disease; however, we are not taking advantage of this rehab service consistently. In fact, for Medicare recipients, only 1 in 4 eligible beneficiaries participated in cardio rehab and marked disparities were observed. Disparities were observed by age, sex and race/ethnicity, so why? There are a lot of …

Card-Carrying and Proud of It!

Angie Szumlinski Studies

So you get little jabs from your younger friends about getting old; your grandchildren call you “granny” and your kids don’t ask for your advice as often as they used to. Then you go out in the community and you become invisible, people don’t acknowledge you or worse, they try to “help” you! Ageism, ah, alive and well. These are …

Overactive Bladder – Meds or Therapy?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

There are many different medications on the market for managing overactive bladder in men, however, none are without side effects. I recently talked with a gentleman in a senior housing center who said he was constipated and had made several trips to the ER for impaction removal. When I asked if he knew why this was happening he said it …

Copper Not Just For Arthritis Anymore?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

There was a recent study to determine if copper could serve as an antimicrobial agent. The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine published the study and it was found that copper did prevent outbreaks of healthcare-associated infections in a long-term care facility. Specifically, the risk of hand-transmitted healthcare-associated infection was significantly lower in the area equipped with copper surfaces. …

Are we doing the right things for pain management?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

In a recent article written by J Bryan Conrad, PhD1; Ann Monis, PsyD2; Elizabeth B Hooper, PsyD2 in reference to a study on pain management for long term care facilities, pain was positively correlated with female gender, fractures, pressure ulcers, falls, sleeping disorders, cancer, unstable health conditions, a number of drugs and depression. The authors also found that a high number …

Seniors doing exercises

Healthy Lifestyle Decreases Dementia Risk

Angie Szumlinski Studies

As caregivers for frail elders, we see the devastating progression of dementia on a daily basis. What if we could do something to impact the risk for developing this dreaded disease? A recent study conducted by Exeter Medical School in Exeter, United Kingdom used a “healthy lifestyle score” based on 4 modifiable lifestyle risks. The goal of the study was to identify if …

Dementia Screening – Primary Care Involvement

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Many seniors refuse their primary care providers recommendation to be screened for early-onset dementia, however, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found there was no harm from screening measured by symptoms of depression or anxiety. This is great news but what is troubling is the high rate of refusal to get follow up diagnostic …

man sleeping with CPAP - sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea – Nothing to Snore At!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

We all know someone, maybe ourselves, who suffer from sleep apnea and don’t get treatment right? Do you know the family member who shakes the house with their snoring? Well, it turns out that research published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has shown if sleep apnea is not diagnosed and treated, there is an increase in healthcare costs …