Anthony Cirillo

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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
    Anthony Cirillo answered:

    How common is taking antidepressants?

    Duke University and the University of Arizona periodically conduct a survey on friendship. In their latest they found that Americans say they just have two close friends and that was down from three the last time the study was conducted. One in four people say they have no one to confide in. That...Read More
  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
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    How can I tell when my elderly parent needs assistance?

    For many of us, the holidays offer a once-a-year time to visit with elderly relatives who live at a distance. A blog I wrote around the holidays offered tips on spotting when a loved one needs help. You certainly don't have to wait for the holidays to use these!

    Mary Twomey, MSW, Co-Director, Un

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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
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    Does Medicare cover the cost of assisted living facilities?

    The short answer is no. Here is a quick summary about how long-term care IS paid.

    There are four ways to pay for long-term care.  People think that Medicare will carry the day.  It does for no more than eight percent of the population.  Medicare covers skilled nursing care only if you have been hospitalized

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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
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    What should I consider before becoming a caregiver for a loved one?

    A USA Today article recently looked at the toll on Alzheimer's caregivers citing recent reports from the Alzheimer's Association.

    Among the highlights:
    • 15 million unpaid caregivers help someone with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia in the USA — 37% more than last year.
    • an estimated 5.4 million
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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
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    What should I look for during a visit to an assisted living facility?

    In my book, Who Moved My Dentures? I have an entire chapter devoted to choosing facilties. And since I had to choose a rehabilitation center for my mom, you might be interested in a blog I wrote about that experience.

    http://blogs.hcpro.com/mdscentral/2011/05/when-its-personal-its-different-choosing-&nd

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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
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    What are the benefits of social interaction for seniors?

    Atria Senior Living and the International Longevity Center (ILC-USA) recently published the results of a six-month survey looking at satisfaction of seniors living in independent and assisted living communities. The study suggests that seniors in congregate living situations can experience greater subjective

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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
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    How can I help reduce my aging parent's confusion during a hospital stay?

    Being a 25-year healthcare professional in no way helped me answer this question. Being a son with an 89-year-old mother who has been hospitalized quite a bit did. In addition to the information from the other answers to this, I would reiterate that you can not substitute personal involvement in

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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
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    Are assisted living facilities regulated by the federal government?

    Assisted living regulations are not as well known or as prevalent as nursing home regulations. Assisted living facilities are regulated at a state level so that can mean that there is no consistency in regulations across states.

    Thankfully, the American Health Care Association National Center for

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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
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    Where can I find information on assisted living facilities?

    Well start with me. I am the expert guide to assisted living at about.com. http://assistedliving.about.com

    Also, there are national associations that represent the industry and all have consumer information about services throughout the continuum of care. Each have state affiliates.

    • American Health
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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
    Anthony Cirillo has posted a blog entry:

    The Consumer Consortium for Advancing Person-Centered Living is launching the Person-to-Person Network (P2P), a resource for caregivers, families and

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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
    Anthony Cirillo has posted a blog entry:

    The Consumer Consortium for Advancing Person-Centered Living is launching the Person-to-Person Network (P2P), a resource for caregivers, families and

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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
    Anthony Cirillo has posted a blog entry:

    The Consumer Consortium for Advancing Person-Centered Living is launching the Person-to-Person Network (P2P), a resource for caregivers, families and

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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
    Anthony Cirillo answered:

    What is an assisted-living facility?

    Assisted living is a senior living option that combines housing, support services and health care, as needed. Assisted living is designed for individuals who require assistance with what are called activities of daily living (ADL). These include:

    • Personal hygiene and grooming
    • Dressing and undressing
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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
    Anthony Cirillo answered:

    What are assisted living contracts?

    The Assisted Living Federation of America has sample contracts that you can find through easy searching on the Internet. Following is a list of items that are typically covered in a contract. You may think of other items that should be added as you tour the facility for example. Consult with an elder

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  • Anthony Cirillo - Huntersville, NC - Geriatric Medicine
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    What is elder care mediation?

    As aging parents live longer, there are more issues that require the involvement of other family members—and more opportunities for dissension.

    A new web site, www.mediate.com explains the growing field of elder mediation, offers articles on the subject, and has a directory to find mediators around

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