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Remedies for Fitful Nights

By Lisa M. Davila, B.S.N., M.S. ~ You feel as if you’ve tried everything, but a restful night’s sleep still eludes you. You are not alone. “In one study, 57% of older Americans complained of sleep difficulties and only 12% actually reported normal sleep,” says Matt Narrett, M.D., chief medical officer for Erickson Living. Although […]

Benefits of Music Therapy for People with Dementia

by Lisa M. Davila, B.S.N., M.S. ~ Music therapy as a professional specialty didn’t come about until after World War II, when musicians visited veterans hospitals to entertain the patients who were dealing with physical and emotional trauma. Hospital staff noticed the significant positive responses by patients—both physically and mentally—and requested that the musicians be hired […]

Are You Overmedicated?

by Lisa M. Davila, B.S.N., M.S. ~ According to a 2017 report from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, one in three Medicare beneficiaries has five or more chronic conditions. So it’s no surprise that 40% of adults over age 65 take five or more medications, according to a study published in the Journal of […]

How to Access Your Medical Records Online: Part of Being Your Own Healthcare Advocate 

By Carole Miller, BSN ~  In our Sun City Carolina Lakes location, there are primarily two healthcare providers: Atrium (formerly Carolinas HealthCare System) and Novant (Presbyterian). You may have medical records in one or both of these systems. Unfortunately, they do not share online information, but you as a patient do have the ability to access […]

Resources for Remaining at Home

A constant discussion in active adult communities among friends, neighbors, and families is whether to remain at home (age in place) or to move to assisted living. Because everyone’s situation is different, there is no simple formula for this decision. To further complicate things, there are many residents in age-restricted communities who have an even […]