2013 ALTY Awards - Assisted Living Today
Best Senior Healthcare Articles – 2013 ALTY Awards

Winning Article

The winner of the 2013 ALTY Award for “Best Senior Healthcare Article” is:

Overtreatment is Bad Medicine for SeniorsCharlotte Bishop, Creative Care Management blog

Congratulations to our winner, Charlotte Bishop! You can grab a winner’s badge here.

Runner-Up Article

Shingles: What your Senior Loved Ones — and You — Need to Knowby Kathy Birkett, Senior Care Corner blog

Congratulations to our runner-up as well. Nice work! Get your runner-up badge here.

Finalist Articles

And hats off to all the finalists as well, whose articles stood out from hundreds of blog posts in the senior care space.

Doctor-Patient CommunicationDr. Eleanor Feldman Barbara, My Better Nursing Home
Heart Attacks Can Happen to Anyoneby Brookdale Senior Living Optimum Health Blog
The Facts About Senior Health Insurance PlansDennis Thompson, Jr., Constant Companions blog
Six Trends that Signal Change in All Things Aging and HealthLaurie Orlov, Aging In Place Technology Watch
Surgery Not Always Safe for SeniorsEpoch Senior Living blog
The Aging Brain Shows Diminished Response to Untrustworthiness, May Explain Why Older Adults Become Fraud Victims More OftenMedical News Today blog

Congratulations to our finalists. Nice work! Finalists can get a finalist badge here.

Final Voting Results

Here’s a look at how all the blogs fared in the public voting.

  • Overtreatment is Bad Medicine for Seniors (72%, 64 Votes)
  • Shingles: What Your Senior Loved Ones — and You — Need to Know (16%, 14 Votes)
  • Doctor-Patient Communication (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Heart Attacks Can Happen to Anyone (2%, 2 Votes)
  • The Facts About Senior Health Insurance Plans (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Six Trends that Signal Change in All Things Aging and Health (1%, 1 Votes)
  • Surgery Not Always Safe for Seniors (1%, 1 Votes)
  • The Aging Brain Shows Diminished Response to Untrustworthiness, May Explain Why Older Adults Become Fraud Victims More Often (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 88

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Thanks to everyone who voted, and congratulations again to the winner, the runner-up and all the ALTY finalists.

 


Nominated Article Descriptions

The following is a full list of all nominees for the 2013 ALTY Awards for the “Best Senior Healthcare Articles” category.

Heart Attacks Can Happen to Anyoneby Brookdale Senior Living Optimum Health Blog

If you are a breathing adult, you could have a heart attack. Period. Like your address and phone number, you should also commit to your memory the signs of a heart attack. A study by the Centers for Disease Control indicates that only 27 % of people can recognize enough symptoms to quickly call 9-1-1. Understanding the atypical symptoms–beyond chest pain, which 92% of people understand point to possible heart attack–could help save your life someday.

Shingles: What your Senior Loved Ones — and You — Need to Knowby Kathy Birkett, Senior Care Corner blog

Many senior health articles are devoted to dementia or Alzheimer’s, but few discuss the health risks of shingles. Yet, walk by a pharmacy and you’ll likely see a poster pushing shingles vaccinations. Did you know you should be vaccinated if you’re over 60, even if you’ve had a vaccine before? Kathy Birkett writes about a health issue that carries true risks and how to recognize, treat and prevent it.

The Aging Brain Shows Diminished Response To Untrustworthiness, May Explain Why Older Adults Become Fraud Victims More OftenMedical News Today blog

We all change throughout our lives. A study released by a group of life scientists at UCLA explains a change in elderly brains that may make us more susceptible to scams. Adults 60 and older are losing billions of dollars to fake home repair scams, investment scams and other cons, and the scientists say that a region of the brain responsible for recognizing disgust and discerning untrustworthiness in faces is less active in older adults. Medical News Today discusses the study and offers ways to help your loved one stay out of harm’s way.

Six Trends that Signal Change in All Things Aging and HealthLaurie Orlov, Aging In Place Technology Watch

Changing hospital and government policies, increased dementia care and hospice care costs and the increase of venture capitalists in the aging products and services market–all trends Laurie Orlov expects to see in the coming years in aging and healthcare. A frank, knowledgeable look at how the landscape will be changing as the number of seniors grows.

Doctor-Patient CommunicationDr. Eleanor Feldman Barbara, My Better Nursing Home

Dr. El (Eleanor Feldman Barbara, Ph.D.) says that talking to doctors is  not the same as talking to a friend you happen to see in the grocery store. The formalities of conversation (such as “How are you?” and a replied “fine”) are barriers to meaningful conversation. Not because doctors are cold, unsocial people, but because they are busy, and if a doctor hears “fine,” he or she is likely to move on to a patient who isn’t “fine.” She offers tips to more efficient conversation.

Overtreatment is Bad Medicine for SeniorsCharlotte Bishop, Creative Care Management blog

An estimated 30,000 seniors die each year from overtreatment. Many simply don’t question a doctor’s prescription orders and are taking unnecessary medications. Charlotte Bishop, a geriatric care manager, outlines three ailments that are often over-medicated and gives clear direction on when to say “no.”

The Facts About Senior Health Insurance PlansDennis Thompson, Jr., Constant Companions blog

The world of health care coverage is a confusing one. You’ve got government and private plans, HMOs, PPOs, and POSs, deductibles, and co-pays. How do you know what will afford you the most coverage, while still affording the coverage? Brush up on important terms and double-check this list of questions to ask before signing on to any insurance coverage, provided by Dennis Thompson, Jr.

Surgery Not Always Safe for SeniorsEpoch Senior Living blog

Surgery is not always the answer, and it’s up to the patient, caregivers and doctors to determine what’s best. Will surgery help with an ailment or disease, or cause an elderly patient more distress through long recovery periods or difficult post-surgery therapy?

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