Healthcare Information

Seeking Care at the Most Appropriate Medical Setting

With the incidence of the flu and other seasonal viruses increasing, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) calls on Rhode Islanders to seek medical care in the most appropriate medical setting. “Emergency departments are perfect for emergency situations. If someone is experiencing a serious health issue, they should absolutely call 911 or go to…

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New Medicare Card Distributed Ahead of April 2019 Deadline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announces a completion of a large-scale effort to provide new Medicare cards without Social Security numbers to Medicare beneficiaries.  The newly issued cards support the federal efforts to protect the personal identity of the Medicare recipients to reduce fraud and abuse. Over the past nine months, CMS…

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Rhode Island Senators Support Legislation to Lower Drug Costs for Seniors

In an effort to protect consumers and get seniors a better deal on prescription drug costs, U.S. Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) have joined with 31 Senate colleagues in sponsoring legislation introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), on Jan. 9th,   to lower prescription drug prices.  If enacted, S 62, the Empowering Medicare…

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January Kicks Off National Glaucoma Awareness Month

This month, the National Glaucoma Awareness Month by Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest volunteer eye health and safety nonprofit organization, and other leading eye health groups, across the country are putting the spotlight on Glaucoma, referred to as “the thief of night,” one of the leading causes of irreversible blindness. At first, glaucoma has no symptoms…

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Reducing Medications Can Have Surprising Positive Benefits

Over four months ago, Elizabeth Carter and Leigh Purvis, researchers at AARP’s Pubic Policy Institute, released a study taking a look at the appropriate use and cost of the long-term prescribing dementia drugs.  They concluded by urging health care providers to “regularly assess patients and their drug regimens to ensure these regimens remain appropriate reflecting…

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The Samaritans of Rhode Are Here to Listen

With Christmas just days away, we gear up for the happy, festive, family-oriented holiday.  But, feelings of isolation and loneliness trigger depress and suicidal thoughts, says Executive Director, Denise Panichas, of the Rhode Island Samaritans.  “Research shows us that isolation has a huge impact on people’s overall health and well-being.”. “Radio stations across Rhode Island…

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LCAO Calls for Reestablishment of House Select Committee on Aging

As first reported by West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s blog article posted on Nov. 20, Rhode Island Congressman David  Cicilline is poised to begin his legislative push to reestablish the House Permanent Select Committee on Aging eliminated 26 years ago to reduce House operating costs.  While operating, from October 1974 to October 1992, the…

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AAA Northeast Study

AAA Study Says Older Drivers at Risk of Crashing When Taking Multiple Meds

A study found that nearly 20 percent of older drivers are using medications that the American Geriatrics Society says should be avoided because they have very limited therapeutic benefit, pose excess harm, or both. Nearly 50 percent of older respondent’s report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers, according to research findings released…

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National Institute on Aging

Keeping Winter’s Chill Away

Autumn ends and winter begins on December 21st.  With frigid temperatures coming soon, the Rhode Island Department of Health calls on older Rhode Islanders to take precautions in extreme cold weather. Older adults can lose body heat quickly, faster than when they were young.  With changes taking place in your body that comes with aging…

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Senate Aging Committee Introduces Report to Improve Nation’s Guardianship System

Last month, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, held a US Special Committee on Aging hearing, to release its 2018 annual report that details a year-long examination of guardianship arrangements including research and recommendations on ways to improve the guardianship system in the United States. At…

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