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Caregiving at an Early Age Monday, December 01, 2014 | Vera Rulon we talk about caregiving we usually think of adults taking care of their elderly parents, their children, or their partners. But what if the caregiver is a child or a young adult?

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Get Healthy, Stay Healthy Monday, November 25, 2013 | Vera Rulon

Having the right information you need at the right time is important to make better decisions for you and your family’s health. This information could be something new that you have learned about a disease, condition, treatment, or how to prevent it. It also includes your personal health information that tells you if you need to make some adjustments to your medical care or lets you know that your health is on track.

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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
Personal Health Ownership Monday, March 14, 2011 | Dr. Carrie Nelson

Getting yourself a Personal Health Record is an important step along the way to Dr. Carrie's holy grail...Personal Health Ownership.

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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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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
Caregivers as Healthcare Advocates: Uses of the PHR Tuesday, April 27, 2010 | Margo Corbett

Chances are you’ve gradually fallen into the role of caregiver for a loved one as their health deteriorates. You probably didn’t realize it was happening at first, but little-by-little you found yourself doing more and more and at some point said to yourself, “I’m not trained for this. I feel overwhelmed and inadequate.”

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I, caregiver: Keeping notes and a medical file helps Sunday, April 25, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Caregiver Juneita Johari recommends that caregivers learn to decipher doctor speak, start a file, and take notes when caring for an elderly or ill loved one.

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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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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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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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Caregiving and the Personal Health Record in 2010 Monday, April 05, 2010 | Ted Eytan

Earlier this week, I had the honor of co-presenting in front of the CEO’s of Kaiser Permanente and The Permanente Federation, at a regular Town Hall meeting, about the completion of the KP HealthConnect rollout across the United States.

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Long-Distance Caregivers Benefit from PHRs Friday, March 26, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

The National Institute on Aging reports that approximately 7 million adults are long-distance caregivers and generally live an hour or more away. These tips will help you access important documents and coordinate care from afar.

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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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Caring for aging loved ones Friday, March 19, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

According to a National Alliance for Caregiving study, there will be more Americans over 65 than under 5 by 2020. Caregivers will play an enormous role in this demographic shift.

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What's grandma allergic to? Monday, March 15, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Canadian provinces are moving toward tracking health records electronically. A side benefit for consumers, though, is the ability to put health information in patients’ and caregivers’ hands.

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Aging with Grace - PHRs for Caregivers Wednesday, March 10, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

Senior health expert Patricia Grace discusses how caregivers can use a PHR to improve elder care.

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Your Family Member's PHR Wednesday, March 03, 2010 | Sarah Dietze

This personal health record is designed to help you keep your family member's medical information organized in one place. It includes space for you to write in information about your family member's medical conditions and treatments.

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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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How could keeping a PHR be similar to gardening? Tuesday, June 09, 2009 | Margaret Hennings

Planting the seeds of knowledge for care now and in the future.

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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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