Articles on "Resources for Caregivers"

The Many Benefits of Adult Family Mediation
December 18, 2014 7:22 pm

The Many Benefits of Adult Family Mediation

By Sig Cohen Families facing disagreements on issues such as caring for aging parents, encouraging an older adult to stop driving, or equitably distributing trust proceeds are increasingly turning to adult family mediation to settle their differences. Having a neutral third party help a family resolve their disputes is more attractive than the delay, cost and distress of litigation. When family members forge a path forward together, there are no winners or losers. As a result, an elder can look forward to his […]

October 20, 2014 3:20 pm

Caregiver Tips in Helping with Medicare

By Ross Blair, PlanPrescriber.com 1. Manage Timelines Effectively: Medicare eligibility begins for U.S. citizens and legal residents when they turn 65. A person has a seven-month initial enrollment period that begins three months before their birthday month and ends three months after. During this initial enrollment period, a person can enroll in Original Medicare (Parts A&B), a prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D) or a Medicare Advantage plan. If a senior wants to enroll in a medigap (Medicare supplement insurance) policy, […]

Best Design Practices for Dementia Care Facilities
August 14, 2014 7:34 pm

Best Design Practices for Dementia Care Facilities

Perkins Eastman Research Collaborative and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently published a white paper, “Excellence in Design: Optimal Living Space for People With Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.” The extensive report details best design practices and other considerations concerning residential care settings for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. Release of this report comes as incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is escalating nationwide. Currently, it is estimated that more than 5 million Americans are living with the brain disorder, and […]

Senior Identity Theft is on the the Rise
August 14, 2014 4:01 pm

Senior Identity Theft is on the the Rise

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. so it’s no surprise that it has remained the No. 1 complaint to the FTC for more than five years in a row. Although people in their early-to-late 20s are usually the ones who report the most identity theft complaints to the FTC, in the past three years there has been a shift in the age group who reported the most identity theft complaints — from people in […]

Stroke Prevention, Awareness & Recovery
August 14, 2014 3:41 pm

Stroke Prevention, Awareness & Recovery

Every four minutes someone in the U.S. dies of a stroke. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, parts of the body’s functioning are impacted. It is estimated that up to 50 percent of strokes are preventable if you follow a heart healthy lifestyle. This includes avoiding smoking and second-hand smoke, improving your eating habits, staying physically active, maintaining a healthy […]

Be a Balanced Caregiver
July 1, 2014 11:26 am

Be a Balanced Caregiver

By Jody Gastfriend, LICSW Caring for a parent, grandparent, spouse or loved one has its challenges and rewards. It can be gratifying as well as frustrating, with no clear roadmap on how to proceed. More than 65 million people in the United States care for a parent or disabled adult, and of those caregivers, more than a third still have minor children living at home. Middle-aged adults may find themselves sandwiched between limit testing teenagers, pushing for more independence, and […]

Time to Call 9-1-1
July 1, 2014 11:14 am

Time to Call 9-1-1

Biological Warnings Many Ignore Each year, about 600,000 Americans—one in four—in the United States die from heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Of the 715,000 Americans who have a heart attack each year, about 525,000 are first-timers, says the CDC, and those individuals may not know what’s happening. Sadly, many people do not get to the hospital on time, says paramedic Dale Hemstalk. “If someone is having a heart attack, for example, they should get to […]

Solve Long-Term Care Issues
June 27, 2014 9:37 pm

Solve Long-Term Care Issues

An Ombudsman Can Help ­The word “Ombudsman” is a Swedish term for a person who acts as a third party in resolving problems. A Long-Term Care Ombudsman can assist consumers who are choosing long-term care providers (nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, adult day care programs and home care agencies) by offering information on an individual provider’s services, history of complaints and their licensure status. Ombudsmen are advocates who work to improve the quality of life for seniors and […]

Alzheimer’s: The facts and Figures
April 29, 2014 9:17 pm

Alzheimer’s: The facts and Figures

alzheimer’s association report sheds new light on scope of disease According to the 2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia in the United States. The new report shows that while deaths from other major diseases, such as heart disease, HIV/AIDS and stroke, continue to experience significant declines, Alzheimer’s deaths continue to rise – increasing 68 percent from 2000-2010. “Unfortunately, today there are no Alzheimer’s survivors. If you have Alzheimer’s disease, […]

Lessons from Life
April 28, 2014 5:03 pm

Lessons from Life

Financial Professional Offers Advice From Experience “I am the caretaker for my Dad, a job I truly love. I guess I am just returning the favor. I know some day it might be me in his shoes. I have many kids, and I am setting an example for them. This is the circle of life,” says Bill Cummings, of Cummings Financial Organization. In the musical “The Lion King,” there is a song called the “Circle of Life” (go ahead and […]