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Get Old Thursday, November 21, 2013 | Vera Rulon

Getting old is a personal matter. There is no one way that works for everyone. That’s why Pfizer launched a movement called Get Old which asks two questions: How do you feel about getting old? And, how do you want to Get Old?

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Aging: Manage Your Health After 50 With a PHR! Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | Vera Rulon

As we age, our healthcare needs change. Some things become more pronounced, like the lower back ache I get when I get up in the morning or getting a hot flash when you least expect it. Some of these things are natural. Some are indicators that there might be something more series going on.

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Tags   ehr, seniors
Be Healthy in Old Age: Keep Track of Your Personal Health Information Saturday, February 11, 2012 | Vera Rulon

In an article in the Los Angeles Times  Judith Graham provides some excellent tips on staying healthy in old age. Each of these suggestions are ways to change your lifestyle just enough to be happy and healthy. The only thing I would add is that it’s also quite important to keep track of your personal health information. Read on.

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Alzheimer’s: A long journey for caregivers and sufferers alike Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | Maria Bouselli

Little signs of Alzheimer's disease began to appear this past year. He would drift off into his own little world during dinner. He could not find his way back to the table after using the restroom while celebrating New Year’s Eve with my family. He would ask five times in a day when I was leaving for Chicago.

In early January it was confirmed - my grandpa Stanley Zuba has Alzheimer’s disease.

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Tags   caregivers, family, healthadvocate, alzheimers, seniors
A new tool for assessing mobility Friday, January 28, 2011 | Maria Kovell

Two health and exercise professors have created an interactive tool for assessing mobility in aging adults.

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Tags   seniors, technology, caregivers
Serious apps for veterans' health records Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | Craig Newmark

The Blue Button at MyHealthEVet.gov gives vets an easy way to download their health records. However, what’s needed is an easy way to view those records, to get ‘em to other doctors, and to add to those records.

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Tags   veterans, seniors, electronichealthrecord, personalhealthrecord, phr
Personal Health Record Use is On the Rise Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | Donna DuLong

A recent report states that Personal Health Record (PHR) usage is low, but has doubled in the past two years. The report was conducted by the California HealthCare Foundation, and found that one in 14 Americans say they have used a PHR. Even more important is that consumers with online access to their health information pay more attention to their health.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, seniors, chronicallyill
Reducing medical errors by changing medication labels Wednesday, May 12, 2010 | Laura Heuer

The California state pharmacy board voted last month to require all drug labels to be set in 10-point font to enhance readability. Texas is the only other state that has such guidelines.

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Tags   medication, caregivers, seniors, children, safety
AARP on EHRs Thursday, April 29, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

AARP’s 2007 Global Report on Aging explores both personal and electronic health records from a domestic and an international perspective.

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Tags   healthinformation, technology, communication, seniors
Seniors and Fitness: Enhancing your PHR Thursday, April 22, 2010 | Leann Reynolds

Vashon Athletic Club owner Kevin Allman, of Vashon, Wash., spends a majority of his time at the gym training senior citizens, which make up an healthy 30-40 percent of his clientele. Located on an island with a population of just over 10,000 residents and a median age range of 44 years old (Seattle’s median age range is 34), Vashon’s demographics have contributed to Allman becoming somewhat of an authority in training seniors.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medicalrecords, caregivers, seniors
Work with nurses to prevent hospital readmission Tuesday, April 20, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Judith Figueroa, a 69-year-old New Yorker with multiple heath problems, once visited the ER almost every month. By working with Carolyn McCrea, RN, of Visiting Nurse Service, Figueroa hasn’t been back to the hospital as often.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, caregivers, seniors, chronicallyill
How technology has changed delivery of care Monday, April 19, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

The senior population in the U.S. will increase by 36% in the next 10 years (by 2020).

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Tags   technology, access, seniors, caregivers
Personal Health Records Help Patients Manage Their Own Care Tuesday, April 13, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

 One way in which seniors can take more control over their healthcare and help ensure they receive the most appropriate care is by using a personal health record (PHR).

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medication, seniors
A PHR Lets You Share Your Family Tree Tuesday, March 30, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

A PHR can chart your family health history just as a family tree tracks geneaology.

Fred Cicetti, author of the Santa Ynez Valley Journal’s “Healthy Geezer" column, recommends that seniors who are uncomfortable with sharing their family health history orally share it in writing. Preserving the past also allows you to ensure that your medical geneaology is complete, accurate, and useful for future generations.

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Tags   healthhistory, seniors
Managing Multiple Prescriptions Friday, March 19, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

A recent Canandian Insititute for Health Information study found that most Canadian seniors take at least five drugs. According to the University of Chicago, the average American senior fills 22 prescriptions per year. Multiple doctors, specialists, and caregivers can add to the confusion over when and how to take medication.

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Tags   healthinformation, emergency, medication, caregivers, seniors
"Borderless" Health Care Would Help Seniors in Emergencies Sunday, March 07, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Imagine your favorite feisty 75-year-old as our hypothetical patient, Mrs. Cruz. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, she now lives at a local senior housing complex. One evening, rushing to answer her telephone, she trips and falls, breaking her hip.

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Tags   healthinformation, emergency, access, seniors
Boomers lead on personal health records Monday, March 01, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Think PHRs are only for the young? Think again. Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, and the Veterans Administration confirmed that the 50-65 crowd is most likely to use a PHR.

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, communication, seniors
Think outside the box! Monday, February 08, 2010 | Cindy Boester

When it comes to creating your Personal Health Record (PHR), remember that it’s more than just the medical information you gather from your primary doctor or hospital. Think of all the other things that impact your well being. 

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, seniors, wellbeing, exercise
Asking for copies of your medical records Monday, August 31, 2009 | Cindy Boester

It’s OK to ask for copies of your medical records! 

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Tags   personalhealthrecord, phr, medicalrecords, caregivers, seniors, HIPAA

About This Blog

PHRs are still fairly new to the healthcare system, and we understand that as healthcare consumers, you have questions about the benefits and risks of keeping a PHR. The myPHR blog connects you with patient advocates and health information management professionals for tips and advice on creating and maintaining your own PHR.

Blog Contributors

Marsha Dolan, Valerie Watzlaf, Cindy Boester, Heidi Shaffer, Julie Wolter, Margaret Hennings, Colleen Goethals, Vera Rulon, Leah Grebner, Robert Caban, Mynilma Olivera-Vazquez, Amanda Bushey, Margie Kelly, Donna DuLong, Sarah Dietze, Valisha McFarlane, Maria Kovell, Ted Eytan, Leann Reynolds, Laura Heuer, Kristin Stewart, Derek Allen, Chris Matthies, Margo Corbett, Craig Newmark, Sarah Buelterman, Skyler Tanner, Aniruddha Malpani, Joan Malling, Marilyn McFarlane, Megan Rooney, Patrick Rhone, Dr. Carrie Nelson, Maria Bouselli, Erin Jordan

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