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Health & Wellness 2–Quick Links:

 

Welcome to Hospital Compare. A service provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In this tool you will find information on how well hospitals care for patients with certain medical conditions or surgical procedures, and results from a survey of patients about the quality of care they received during a recent hospital stay. This information will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide. Talk to your doctor about this information to help you, your family and your friends make your best hospital care decisions.

Hospital Compare was created through the efforts of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services, and other members of the Hospital Quality Alliance: Improving Care Through Information (HQA). The information on this website comes from hospitals that have agreed to submit quality information for Hospital Compare to make public.

SOURCE: http://www.hhs.gov

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 Choosing The Best Care Options

 

Explore the different types of health care services offered by Massachusetts providers and learn which care option best fits your needs:

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   Exercise Your Way to Better Brain Health

Yes, we all know that regular daily exercise is an important role in reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. But did you know that it is just as important for the health of your brain?

Physical exercise is essential for maintaining good blood flow to the brain as well as to encourage new brain cells, and thereby protect against those risk factors for Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

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   Holiday Preparation for the Diabetic

The most important thing about managing diabetes during any holiday season is to plan ahead. The more you know about what’s going to happen, the better you can plan for good diabetes care. Let’s look at a few specifics.

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Staying Active During the Winter Months

By: Jo-Ann Thibault

Oh, what to do, what to do?  For active retirees and seniors, unless you are a snow bunny, keeping busy and socially active during the cold winter months can appear to be a bit of a challenge. For some, it could also be a depressing time of year.  It doesn’t have to be. 

Here are some suggestions for staying lively and feeling good during this time of year.

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    Prepare for Your Doctor’s Appointment

 

Have you ever walked out of the Doctor’s office saying “I should have asked them about……” 

We all have.  Be prepared and it will make your appointment go faster and it will be more productive.

Preparing for your appointment:

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   Going home from Hospital or Rehab? Ask Questions!

 

When it comes to getting the answers you are looking for – persistence is the key.

It is unfortunate, but the reality is – many health care professionals are too busy, overworked and understaffed, to pause and detail the information you need to move on to the next step. Not all, but many.

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   Are You Being Told You Are No Longer Safe in Your Home?

 

Is your Doctor and/or family telling you it might be time to consider alternative housing, because they fear for your safety? This is one of the many common scenarios that face our aging population. Your body has weakened and your physical capabilities are not what they used to be. You are more prone to falls and your cognitive skills have diminished.

What are your options?

Well, your options are many – but it all depends on the level of assistance that is needed.

First priority: Determine the level of assistance needed and any imminent concerns regarding physical safety, and psychological well-being. Let’s consider minimal assistance is needed. How do you accomplish this?

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   An Anti-Alzheimer’s Diet?

by Nissa Simon

Eating more olive oil, nuts, fish, poultry and certain fruits and vegetables and limiting red meats and high-fat dairy products may help ward off Alzheimer’s disease.

Evidence that links specific nutrients to the prevention of dementia has turned up regularly from labs around the globe. But in the real world, people don’t eat nutrients, they eat food. And they eat combinations of different foods, so researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York analyzed the diets of more than 2,000 men and women age 65 and older in New York City to find out how eating patterns relate to dementia.

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