Optimizing exercise for heart and brain health

I recently learned about a new advanced technology for heart health; the Counterpace Guidance System.  The article to follow in this blog post was written by a representative from CounterPace for posting on this website.

Prior to posting the blog, I did some online research about Counterpace and their Guidance System and app. The only thing I found was an encouraging article on the Aging In Place Technology website.

Counterpace has offered to have me try the device which I plan to do sometime before the end of the year. I wilI share my experiences in a future blog.

Enjoy the article that follows by Matt Anderson of Counterpace {September 20, 2019} “Optimizing exercise for heart and brain health”.
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My Hearing Aids…The Latest

Until recently, I have never been overly happy with my hearing aids. I started with a pair of MicroTech hearing aids and as expensive as they were, I never felt they did much for me. Next I purchased a pair of Audibel hearing aids and they were much better. Neither the MicroTech nor Audibel hearing aids helped much in a restaurant environment or any environment with significant background noise; they did help some in one-on-one conversations. As I mentioned in my “Hearing: Have a Problem?” blog post back in January 2018, the Audibel hearing aids did connect to my cell phone and to my TV using a Surflink device and that did make a significant improvement in those areas.
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Caring for Someone With Mesothelioma

This guest blog post is compliments of the Mesothelioma Hub

Caring for someone with an aggressive cancer like mesothelioma can be very taxing on family members and loved ones. Common tasks a caregiver may take on include feeding and bathing your loved one, assisting with housekeeping, transporting them to and from medical appointments, administering and tracking medication, and sometimes managing financial and legal matters.
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Advanced Health Directives; When, Why & How?

As the owners of Health Management Systems of USA and my Retired What Now blog, we feel that Advanced Health Directives are a must for not only the elderly, but for persons at any age. We feel so strongly that every individual should have a Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare that have made links available on our HMS of USA website https://hmsofusa.com/advanced-health-directives/, for you to fill out and print Advanced Health Directives forms for your state.
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How to Create a Personal Medical History?

If you’re new to recording your health history, start with the basics and build from there. It’s never too late to start. The next time you’re desperately trying to remember when you had your last physical, you’ll be glad you wrote down the date.
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Patient Rights, Protections & Responsibilities

While working on my blog post for “How to Create a Personal Medical History”, I realized I should first say something about a Patient’s Health Rights, Protections and Responsibilities. Researching this, I found that most of the information was available from government agency websites; like Health & Human Services (hhs.gov), healthcare.gov, medicare.gov and ahrq.org (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) along with the National Health Council (nationalhealthcouncil.org), the MedlinePlus (MedlinePlus.gov) and the American Medical Association AMA (https://www.ama-assn.org/) websites.
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What is a Personal Health Record (PHR)?

Personal health records, also known as personal medical records (PMRs), are records kept by a patient to make his or her navigation through the American healthcare system more efficient.

A personal health record, or PHR, is a health record where health data and other information related to the care of a patient is maintained by the patient. This stands in contrast to the more widely used electronic medical record, which is operated by institutions (such as hospitals) and contains data entered by clinicians (such as billing data) to support insurance claims. The intention of a PHR is to provide a complete and accurate summary of an individual’s medical history.
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Why Should You Keep a Personal Health Record (PHR)?

Do you know the last time you had a flu or pneumonia shot? Can you name all the doctors you’ve seen in the past five years or all the conditions you’ve been treated for? It can be difficult to remember everything about your health history. But an easy solution is available – write it all down.

You can make the difference! According to the AHIMA Foundation, the American Healh Information nagement Association, a study suggests that a change in the way we keep health records could save billions. And, according to the report from the Center for Information Technology Leadership at Partners Healthcare System in Boston, widespread use of PHRs could save the US healthcare industry between $13 and $21 billion a year.
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Personal Health Record Privacy & Security

Are Personal Health Records Secure?

Your PHR, using our Personal Healthcare Portfolio (PHP), is as secure as you keep it! It can’t be hacked. It isn’t subject to cyber attacks. And, it can’t be sold unless you allow.

What about electronic, internet or website PHRs?

That’s a different story. Let’s start with HIPAA. HIPAA is the acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed by Congress in 1996. HIPAA does the following:

  • Provides the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs
  • Reduces health care fraud and abuse
  • Mandates industry-wide standards for health care information on electronic billing and other processes, and
  • Requires the protection and confidential handling of protected health information

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Our “Personal Healthcare Portfolio” (PHP) is Here!

A number of years ago my wife Esther developed personal health care system.

At the time, she was overlooking her mother’s care which went on for a number of years. In the process of taking her to physicians, hospitals, emergency rooms and labs, she realized that no two places had the same information on her mother and what they had was frequently in error. As a result, she started working on a system to make sure her medical information was correct and she organize the data in a way that it could be taken with her to any medical facility visit and referred to by the medical staff; physicians, RNs, nurses and even the administrative staffs.

During these visits, she was told how great her system was and was complimented on it frequently by medical personnel. With such a positive response to what she was doing, she decided to
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