Articles on "Resources for Caregivers"

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 [...]

Late-Onset Depression & Chronic Medical Conditions
March 14, 2014 7:22 pm

Late-Onset Depression & Chronic Medical Conditions

Adults with no previous history of depression can develop it late in life due to changes and loss­es they experience. Late-onset depression often occurs simultaneously with a chronic medical condition, happening for the first time at age 65 or older. Late-onset depression can develop due to physical limitations, decreased independence and the interruption of social networks that accompany a chronic medical condition or the onset of a new medical condition. For exam­ple, coronary artery disease is a risk fac­tor for [...]

Signs It is Time to Call 9-1-1
December 18, 2013 7:08 pm

Signs It is Time to Call 9-1-1

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 the hospital without delay [...]

September 3, 2013 4:02 pm

AARP Report Looks at Declining Family Caregivers

Understanding the effects of the relative size of the Baby Boom compared to preceding and succeeding age groups is essential to anticipating the demand for long-term services and supports (LTSS) and the potential availability of family care in the future. This paper uses a “caregiver support ratio” to document the declining availability of family caregivers to provide LTSS between 1990 and 2050. It defines a “caregiver support ratio” as the number of potential caregivers age 45-64 for each person age [...]

July 19, 2013 3:13 pm

WHEN TO SEEK BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SUPPORT

By Debbie Daniels What will you do when your loved one is struggling with increased confusion, anxiety or depression? A primary care physician can rule out physical ailments but may not have a clear answer to the question, “Why can’t I remember?”  Just as there is a clear diagnosis for heart disease and kidney disease, the same holds true for memory and mood disorders. Everyone’s aim is to live out their lives in a comfortable environment surrounded by family and [...]

February 19, 2013 11:11 pm

Empathy Levels Highest Among Women Age 50+

Looking for someone to feel your pain? Talk to a woman in her 50s. According to a new study of more than 75,000 adults, women in that age group are more empathic than men of the same age as well as younger or older people. “Overall, late middle-aged adults were higher in both of the aspects of empathy that we measured,” said Sara Konrath, PhD, an assistant research professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and co-author [...]