Senior News – Caregiver Dementia: By Brenda Avadian
For years, we’ve read that Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia. That’s not entirely true.
The leading cause is “caregiver dementia,” which strikes an estimated 100 million overwhelmed and stressed-out caregivers worldwide. The term was used initially in the 1980’s, and while not an official medical diagnosis, it includes symptoms such as disorientation, forgetfulness and depression.
Stressful conditions produce high levels of the hormone cortisol, which, over time, may contribute to memory loss. Think about it: You’re working long hours, you see no end in sight and you’re exhausted.Who can think straight under those conditions? Read More…
Doctors and nurses busted for $712 million Medicare fraud
The FBI arrested 46 doctors and nurses across the country this week in the largest Medicare fraud bust ever.
By Katie Lobosco CNN Money
In total, 243 people were arrested in 17 cities for allegedly billing Medicare for $712 million worth of patient care that was never given or unnecessary. In one of the most egregious cases, owners of a mental health facility in Miami billed tens of millions of dollars for psychotherapy sessions based on treatment that was little more than moving patients to different locations, said Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Read More…