Ready to Show Some Skin? Get the Facts About Melanoma First

Posted by The CareSync Team

Jun 1, 2017 8:30:00 AM

The first day of summer is right around the corner. For many of us, that means outdoor BBQs, summer vacations, family picnics, and trips to the beach to look forward to. But before you fire up that grill or buy that new bathing suit, don’t forget to plan for protecting your skin and learning facts about melanoma, or skin cancer. More time spent outdoors means more exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays, so take a moment now to educate yourself about skin cancer with these facts about melanoma and be ready for the changing seasons.

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Topics: health conditions, healthy living, health tips, cancer prevention

Caregiver Duties: Tips for Helping Loved Ones

Posted by The CareSync Team

May 22, 2017 10:30:00 AM

When a family member or friend is diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, there are a lot of questions that run through your head. This biggest one is probably, “What can I do to help?” Being a caregiver for an ill loved one doesn’t have to be as hard as you think. Yes, there will be challenges that you will face, but with the right tips and tricks, you can face these challenges head on and become the best caregiver you can be for your loved one.

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Topics: health conditions, family health, care coordination, caregivers, health tips, healthcare planning, caregiving

Advance Care Planning

Posted by The CareSync Team

May 16, 2017 10:40:00 AM

No one really wants to discuss end-of-life decisions, think about advance care planning, or about what to do when faced with a major medical emergency, but the truth is, it’s an important thing to do. It’s also something you shouldn’t put off.

Unfortunately, a medical crisis can occur at any age that can leave someone unable to make their own healthcare decisions. Determining what you would want to have happen in certain circumstances and expressing your wishes now gives you more control over what happens later, especially if you can no longer speak for yourself or decisions have to be made without your active participation for any number of other reasons.

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Topics: care coordination, end of life decisions, advance care planning, living will, healthcare directive, advance directive

Let's Talk About Incontinence

Posted by The Engaged Patient

May 4, 2017 9:10:56 AM

Incontinence is the involuntary loss of bladder control. It can affect both men and women and there are different types, causes, symptoms, and treatments.

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Topics: chronic conditions, health conditions, chronic care management (CCM), care coordination, patients

Fit Seniors: Is Age Really Just a Number?

Posted by The CareSync Team

Apr 26, 2017 3:11:00 PM

Think you're too old to exercise? Think it's too late to start trying? We know a 78-year-old record-setting weightlifter who might tell you otherwise.

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Topics: chronic conditions, health conditions, chronic care management (CCM), healthy living, care coordination, patients, fitness & exercise, older adult, aging, strength, functional capacity

The Big Role Reversal: Managing an Aging Parent's Health

Posted by The CareSync Team

Apr 21, 2017 1:39:07 PM

It can be challenging helping an aging parent manage their health, even when they are open to receiving your assistance. But what about the additional challenges you face when they resist your help?

Whether that resistance is due to pride, denial, or the desire to not be a burden, here are a few things to remember and some tips that may encourage mom or dad to accept the help they need.

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Topics: share your health stories, health conditions, family health, care coordination, caregivers, health tips, healthcare planning, caregiving

5 Tips for a Successful Doctor Visit

Posted by The CareSync Team

Apr 18, 2017 5:36:42 PM

Visiting the doctor can be a little nerve-wracking for many people. Sometimes it seems like the entire doctor's appointment goes by in a blur, and once you leave you realize you forgot to ask your doctor about your specific medical concerns and questions. By planning how you will approach your doctor's visit ahead of time, you can avoid this problem and ensure a much more successful and stress-free doctor visit.

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Topics: patient engagement, doctor's appointments, medication & treatments, family health, care coordination, patients, Digital Health, healthcare costs

What Are Your Healthcare Priorities?

Posted by The Engaged Patient

Mar 24, 2017 11:26:00 AM

A survey from Deloitte found that consumer expectations about healthcare providers and interactions in healthcare settings are being formed by the types of positive experiences they have with other industries, such as banking and retail.

Personalized attention, tailored solutions, transparency regarding what to expect and how much it will cost, and convenient, expanded access to services are just a few of their expectations.

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Topics: patient engagement, doctor's appointments, family health, care coordination, patients, Digital Health, healthcare costs, healthcare research, healthcare access

Colorectal Cancer: Get the Facts, Know the Signs

Posted by Jason Wilson, RN, MBA

Mar 21, 2017 8:13:37 AM

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month so it's a great time to learn more about this deadly, but often preventable and treatable type of cancer. According to the Colon Cancer Alliance, colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men and women combined in the United States.

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Topics: health conditions, healthy living, health tips, observances & holidays, healthcare research, cancer prevention

10 Ways to Add More Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet

Posted by The CareSync Team

Mar 14, 2017 1:13:07 PM

If your dinner plate is full of bland, beige, and all-around blah food, chances are you're not getting the nutrition you need. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends filling half that plate with fruits and vegetables. Do the same for every meal and you won’t just be adding color, flavor, and texture; you’ll also be getting a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

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Topics: healthy living, health tips, healthy eating, recipes

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