The diagnosis can be frightening enough. Hearing you or your child has cancer, a rare disease or other chronic health condition can send the heart sinking and the mind spinning. Is the condition treatable? What do treatments entail? How will your quality of life be impacted? Then comes the financial…more.
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As part of our series on Food and Transportation Disparities, Real World Health Care reached out to Leeann Medina-Martinez, LCSW, CancerCare’s Disparities Program coordinator. CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. We…more.
Nine Steps to Respite Care for Family Caregivers of Persons with Dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease
Caregivers of family members with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, may face special challenges that result in changing roles within the family and the need for more intensive levels of care. Providing care can be complicated and challenging and requires careful planning. Respite care services can provide family caregivers with a…more.
Most of us are taught from an early age that to be healthy, we must eat healthy foods. Poor diets – those in which people consume excess fat, sugar and calories – are linked to a range of health problems including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and hypertension. For some…more.
In 2018, Dr. Dhagash Joshi, MD, came to a career-changing realization in his role as a hospitalist physician at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, California. His hospital, located near several large and growing cancer centers, was seeing an influx of oncology patients with complex needs. In caring for…more.
The number of Americans providing unpaid care to family members or loved ones has increased since 2015. Today, about one in five is acting as a family caregiver to an adult with health or functional needs, according to a 2020 report by AARP and the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC).…more.
Financial toxicity describes the problems cancer patients experience related to the cost of treatment. Medical financial hardship is increasingly common with many cancer patients due to the difficulty of paying medical bills, high level of financial distress and need to delay or forgo care altogether because of cost. The economic…more.
Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the non-medical factors that influence health outcomes. They are the conditions in the environment where people are born, live, learn, work, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality-of-life outcomes and risks. SDOH contribute to wide health disparities…more.
As President and Chief Executive Officer of the HealthWell Foundation, I am acutely aware of the significant cost barriers that keep patients from accessing life-changing, and oftentimes lifesaving, medications. Decades of scientific breakthroughs have created a world in which many patients with chronic illnesses have real hope for relief of…more.
Many of us can find reasons to celebrate at this time of year: the upcoming holidays. The promise of a bright new year. Our good health and general well-being. Here at the HealthWell Foundation, we have lots of reasons to celebrate. We celebrate our generous donors for helping us assist…more.