Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD

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  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    How can I deal with appetite and weight changes in an elderly loved one?

    Appetite and weight changes are common early signs of physical, mental, or emotional problems. If you notice that your elderly loved one has unintentionally lost weight, check with a doctor to determine why. If eating poorly is an issue, try to boost flavors with spices and tempt appetite with favorite...Read More
  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    How common are drug side effects in older adults?

    Up to 35% of older people experience adverse drug side effects each year, and the problem is even more prevalent in nursing home residents. What's more, these adverse effects are responsible for up to 30% of hospital admissions in the elderly. It's essential to keep tabs on possible drug interactions...Read More
  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    Why should I consult a geriatrician if I am an older adult?

    Geriatricians have expertise in dealing with many chronic conditions -- such as heart ailments, high blood pressure, diabetes, and disabilities -- common in older patients. They are trained to consider the needs of the whole person and focus on function and quality of life. Some geriatricians routinely...Read More
  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    What are some medications that can cause side effects in older adults?

    Popular over-the-counter drugs that can cause side effects in older adults -- often listed on the label as dry mouth, blurred vision, and confused thinking -- include antihistamines used to treat allergies, colds, and coughs. There are literally dozens of these products lining drugstore shelves;...Read More
  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    As an older adult, why should I avoid some medications?

    A number of over-the-counter and prescription drugs commonly taken by older people have side effects that can scramble thinking and dim memory. Because the elderly are more sensitive to these effects and often take multiple medications, the cumulative effect may make it difficult for them to carry...Read More
  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    How can I find a primary care doctor for a loved one?

    If your loved one doesn't have a primary care doctor or if the current doctor isn't a good fit, you may need to help find a new one. The following tips may be useful:
    • Check with insurance providers first. While Medicare and Medicaid policies usually offer people free rein to choose doctors, some
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  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    How can I overcome cultural differences if I am a caregiver?

    Cultural sensitivity adds an important dimension to health care. Sometimes a caregiver must act as a go-between, explaining customs to both health care personnel and the patient and brainstorming ways to get beyond possible hurdles to good medical care. These tips may help you work through common...Read More
  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    How can I avoid problems with Medicare Part D plans?

    Following these tips may help you avoid pitfalls and resolve any problems that crop up in a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan:
    • Read the fine print. Sometimes hurdles exist even for covered drugs. A plan may request a statement from your loved one's doctor for particular covered drugs, or it
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  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    What factors should I consider when choosing a Medicare health plan?

    Here are some factors to consider when choosing a Medicare health plan. Be aware that plan costs can change yearly:
    • Premium. Monthly premiums charged by each plan can be paid directly to the company responsible for the drug plan or deducted from a Social Security check. Some plans don't charge any
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  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    How do I choose a Medicare health plan?

    Depending on where you live, Medicare options may be overwhelming or relatively few. Before researching them, list all the prescription drugs on your Medicare card. Typically, plans will not cover every drug. Investigate options carefully. Also check to see if the pharmacies in the plan are convenient...Read More
  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    What is Medicare?

    Medicare is health insurance provided by the federal government for Americans ages 65 and older or those between 55 and  65 with a disability. Medicare is split into Part A (hospital insurance), Part B (supplemental medical insurance), and Part D (prescription drug coverage). Part A helps pay for...Read More
  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    What are the benefits of long-term care insurance?

    Long-term care insurance can help a person avoid draining his or her life savings to cover the costs of long-term medical care, ranging from home health services and skilled nursing care to assisted-living facilities, adult day care, and nursing home care. Read More
  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    What is life insurance?

    Life insurance pays benefits upon a person's death. Some policies also act as collateral that the insured can borrow against. Or it may be possible to collect benefits early to apply them to home services or long-term care. Called "living benefits" or "accelerated benefits," these arrangements vary...Read More
  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    What are some health insurance benefits caregivers should be aware of?

    Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance may cover many caregiving costs and open up options you haven't considered as a caregiver. Medical equipment, adult day health services, nutritional supplements, acupuncture and other complementary care, massage, home health aides or homemaker services,...Read More
  • Dr. Anne Fabiny, MD - Cambridge, MA - Geriatric Medicine

    What is a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order?

    A do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order tells health care personnel not to attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if a person's heartbeat or breathing stops. DNR orders can be one element of advance health care directives. A DNR order might be written if attempts to revive a person would not be suc...Read More