Georgia is ranked 43rd in a first-of-its-kind state ranking of seniors’ health status. Overall, Southern states scored low in the report from the nonprofit United Health Foundation. Tennessee came in 41st, Alabama 44th, Kentucky 45th, Arkansas 46th, Louisiana 48th and Mississippi 50th. The report focuses on 34 measures of senior... Read more
Georgia nursing homes have cut their “off-label’’ use of antipsychotic medications by 16 percent, the biggest reduction in the nation, industry officials say. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has pushed for a decrease in the use of antipsychotics in managing dementia patients in nursing homes. Prescribing these... Read more
Dianna Massey of Norcross says respite care greatly helped her family when her mother had Alzheimer’s disease. For years, “she was aggressive and combative,’’ Massey said. Before her mother died four years ago, her father was able to afford respite care – short-term help so the caregiver can have... Read more
A loved one is having memory problems. Often he is confused about where he is – and he’s having trouble completing familiar tasks. Is it Alzheimer’s disease? Currently, neurologists diagnose Alzheimer’s based mainly on clinical symptoms. Added information can come from brain imaging, which tends to be expensive, or analysis... Read more
Which nursing home is best for my loved one? Where should I get my surgery? Consumers often have no clue on choosing a health care facility for themselves or a loved one. Sometimes they’re guided by a physician. But having more data about the quality of care at a... Read more

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