Respite Care – Giving Family Caregivers the Break They Deserve

Posted by Anne Hein on March 5, 2019 at 9:30 AM

It’s estimated nearly 44 million Americans are family caregivers, which means they provide unpaid care to a family member, friend or neighbor. That adds up to 37 billion hours of care each year.

While caring for a loved one can be a meaningful and rewarding experience, it also can be an emotionally and physically demanding job.

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Topics: Caregiving

Pets for Seniors: Animals Can Make Older Adults Happier and Healthier

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 5, 2019 at 9:00 AM

 

For older adults who live alone or have lost their spouse, pets can be excellent companions. When my grandfather passed away, my grandmother adopted two blue baby parakeets named Heckle and Jeckle. Although they screeched incessantly, they gave her purpose, and she adored them. She would wake up early to feed them their seed, she would sing to them and every few weeks she would drive to the pet store to buy them more perches, bells, etc.  She was overjoyed when she thought Heckle was going to lay eggs and rushed to get a nesting box (Heckle never laid the eggs because he was just a very chubby boy.)

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Activities and Lifestyle

Tax Season Is Prime Time for Scammers

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on March 5, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Tax season is upon us and so are the con artists. In one of the more popular scams, a caller pretends to be an agent from the IRS, complete with a badge number. Even the phone number has a Washington D.C. area code. The phony IRS agent says you owe money and threatens arrest, court action, deportation or license revocation. They try to scare the person by reading off their address, Social Security number and other personal information.

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Topics: Aging, Caregiving, Safety

The Unsung Heroes of Health Care

Posted by Steve Greenbaum, CEO, Best Life Brands, LLC on February 15, 2019 at 2:55 PM

National Caregivers Day is February 15 — a day to honor professional caregivers, as well as the estimated 40 million Americans who are doing the selfless work of serving as a caregiver for an aging relative or loved one.

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Topics: Caregiving

Dementia and Challenging Behavior

Posted by Deborah Bier, PhD on February 7, 2019 at 9:45 AM

When people think of “dementia,” it is natural to next think “memory loss.” What we may not be prepared for is how other behaviors can change and even become difficult to manage. In fact, it is these challenging behaviors that families report as more troublesome than memory loss. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Alzheimer's and Dementia

Why Family Caregivers Should Be Their Own Valentine

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on February 7, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Valentine’s Day: People send cards, flowers and candies to special people in their lives, but some people tend to overlook themselves. This is especially true for family caregivers. 

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Topics: Caregiving

To My Caregiver: What I Want to Tell You

Posted by Haley Kotwicki on October 31, 2018 at 10:45 AM

Every day at 5 a.m., I hear you wake up across the hall, unraveling yourself from the bed covers. You walk quietly to the kitchen as not to disturb me, so I can continue to sleep. You brew the coffee for us, count out my pills for the morning and set everything on my breakfast tray. As you enter my room, you call my name sweetly, “Mom?” I open my eyes to see a fatigued but smiling woman. You help me sit up in bed, guide my hand so I can drink and place my medications on my tongue. You help me bathe and dress. You lift me into my wheelchair and comb my hair, parted the way you know I like. Then, you hustle to get yourself ready for the day: work deadlines, PTA meetings, etc.
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Topics: Caregiving

Providing Care for Military Caregivers

Posted by Anne Hein on October 31, 2018 at 9:30 AM

In the U.S., millions of injured, ill and disabled veterans depend on friends and family for care. In fact, according to the RAND Corporation, there are 5.5 million unpaid military caregivers in the United States.

Of that group, nearly 20 percent are caring for someone who served after 9/11. This new era of caregivers is facing unique challenges.

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Topics: Home Care Planning, Caregiving, Holidays

Hiring an In-Home Caregiver – What Options Are Available?

Posted by Anne Hein on October 8, 2018 at 10:50 AM

Most seniors want to age in place. According to AARP, 90 percent of those 65 and over want to stay in their home for as long as possible and 80 percent think their current residence is where they will always be.

However, to stay at home, older adults often require assistance with everyday activities from bathing and going to the bathroom, to running errands and preparing meals. Family and friends can often chip in, but sometimes they are not available, they live far away or it is more than they can juggle. That’s where home care comes in. 

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Topics: Aging, Home Care Planning, Caregiving

Preventing Falls – In-Home Safety Checks and Assessments

Posted by Anne Hein on September 5, 2018 at 11:30 AM

You noticed a bruise on your grandma’s arm. “It was just a little fall,” she says. Maybe she is right, it was a minor incident. But what about the next time?

Falls can be serious, sometimes fatal, for older adults. According to the National Council on Aging, every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall, and every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.

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Topics: Fall Prevention, Caregiving, Safety

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