The Aging Population and Health Care Options

Senior Health Care
Senior Health Care on the Rise

In New York, New Jersey, and the greater metropolitan area, there are many choices when it comes to senior health care programs. Among these choices are Dry Harbor; Home Instead Senior Care, founded by Paul and Lori Hogan in 1994; and BrightStar, founded by J.D. and Shelly Sun in 2002.

All these companies are focused on addressing many of the issues arising from the fact that the number of seniors as a percentage of the population is steadily growing, thus bringing the issues of health care to the forefront of society’s concerns.

In the past when a senior did not have family to care for them their only option was to live and be cared for in a nursing home if living independently was impossible. Today this is far from the reality. Franchises such as BrightStar and Home Instead are available to help seniors, who are not ill and can live on their own, but just need a bit of assistance with cooking, shopping, cleaning, taking meds or the like. And there are full-service health care programs such as the Dry Harbor Nursing Home, which offers services such as skilled rehabilitation as well as long-term care and assisted living care.

With so many options available today to the aging population, which is living longer and in better health, it pays to research well what health care suits each individual best.

Finding the Right Nursing Home

senior-homeWhen it comes time to finding alternative accommodation for a member of our family, where do you start? Where do you look? What questions should you ask? It is not an easy decision to move a parent out of their home (or yours) to a nursing home but these days the options are many and varied and often really are catered to suit the individual. Indeed, many elderly are now looking to move out of their homes as they are lonely. In New York, places like Dry Harbor Nursing Home and Acer Heart Senior Home are great options for seniors who still want to live life to the fullest.

But as an adult child of a parent going into a nursing home, what should you be looking for? While part of the answer to this question depends on the personality of your aging relative and what they enjoy doing, much of it is the same for everyone. Quality of care, testimonials from others, nutrition and activities are all features that should be taken into consideration.

For those who are reluctant to put their mothers or fathers into care, keep visiting the home. At the Dry Harbor Nursing Home for example, one will find a very modern facility with the finest rehabilitation equipment, warm and friendly staff and more. But visit. And don’t just visit once. Keep on visiting until you get a good feeling. Also speak to your parent when they move in and make sure they are comfortable. Always keep the lines of communication open.

Remember with places like Dry Harbor and Acer Heart, it’s not like it was years ago – these nursing/senior homes are really a fun place for one to live and enjoy life to the fullest and ultimately you’ll be doing your parent a favor by making this choice.

When Fast Food Makes You Fit

vegetablesWhat an interesting phenomenon. Fast food making you fit. But these days, since that is what New Yorkers seem to want, that is what they are getting. So instead of French fries on the menu, you will probably have a “wastED salad,” made up of waste (such as broccoli stalks, cabbage cores, carrot peels, roasted bread heels) and other such stuff that is usually put in the “waste” pile.

Who would have thought – even just a few years ago – that after the sushi craze would come the waste craze with a side dressing of spicy pesto vinaigrette. Toss out your burgers and give me some scraps. Well, people who have been concerned for the environment for many years are now actually doing something about it in their everyday lives. And eateries are responding in kind. Five Guys, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen and more are putting these items on their menus. Highly processed foods are on the out.

However, American diners still want speed and convenience. So how do they match that with fast food? That is where the above eateries have found their niche. People today want it all: great, healthy food, that is fast and convenient. They want to know what is going into their food and are willing to pay more for what they view as healthier.

Castle Connolly: Assessing Top Doctors for 2015

doctorsCastle Connolly Medical, together with Inside Jersey, has prepared a lineup of Top Doctors for 2015 inside the state of New Jersey. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. was founded in 1992 by John Castle (of Castle Harlan) and John J. Connolly, Ed.D.  In the past, Castle was chairman of the Board of New York Medical College for 11 years and a member of its board for a further 11 years.  He also held the role of commissioner and executive officer of the Joint Commission. Connolly, Ed.D, is a former president of New York Medical College.

Castle Connolly Medical created by John Castle of Castle Harlan and John J. Connolly’s mission is: “to help consumers find the best healthcare.” As well as the Top Doctors list, Castle Connolly Medical also publishes consumer guides to the following: “America’s Top Doctors,” “America’s Top Doctors for Cancer,” “Top Doctors: New York Metro Area,” “The Best in Senior Living & Eldercare Options” and “The ABCs of HMOs.”

One of the most trusted aspects of the list of Top Doctors prepared by Castle Connolly Medical is that doctors are not able to pay to make the list. Rather, the only way they can be a part of it is by being hand selected by Castle Connolly Medical’s physician-led research team which asks thousands of doctors and health care professionals to “identify excellent doctors in every specialty in their region and throughout the nation.” Further, Castle Connolly continues to monitor any possible changes in status of a doctor who made the list.