Articles on "Resources for Caregivers"

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 [...]

November 5, 2012 9:17 pm

People on the Move – Kinergy Health

Northern Virginia start-up’s patient-centric application recognized for making patient data readily available to physicians and caregivers  Kinergy Health, a pioneer in using the web to connect family members, doctors, and other health care providers to better and more efficiently deliver care for an aging or chronically ill loved one, today announced it was selected as winner of The Advisory Board Company’s Patient Engagement Blue Button (R) Challenge. David Chao, Chief Technology Officer for Crimson at The Advisory Board Company, made [...]

November 5, 2012 9:02 pm

November is National Family Caregivers Month

In 1994, the National Family Caregivers Association began promoting the celebration of family caregivers during the week of Thanksgiving. President Clinton signed the first presidential proclamation in 1997 and every president since – Democrat and Republican alike – has issued an annual proclamation appreciating family caregivers. As interest grew in family caregiving issues, National Family Caregivers Week became National Family Caregivers Month. Day in and day out, more than 65 million family caregivers in this country fulfill a vital role [...]

October 31, 2012 8:25 pm

Seniors Particularly Vulnerable in Sandy’s Aftermath

Older adults left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy will likely suffer disproportionately in the days ahead, based on data from other recent natural disasters. For example, three quarters of those who perished in Hurricane Katrina were over the age of 60, according to the spring 2006 edition of Public Policy & Aging Report from The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Similarly, a recent issue of the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences reported that the [...]

Help with Daily Money Management–InfoDoc, Inc.
October 24, 2012 7:26 pm

Help with Daily Money Management–InfoDoc, Inc.

It all started with a phone call. Ivor and Jean Jones had been living in an assisted living community in Baltimore, Md., for several years when one of their sons, Dr. Bruce Jones, received an unexpected call from their neighbor. “The neighbor had seen their condo listed in the paper as not having paid taxes. It was scheduled for tax sale,” Bruce recalled. Bruce was shocked, but he soon realized that his father had not been managing any of the [...]

October 3, 2012 7:06 pm

Home Alone: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Chronic Care

This study by AARP SVP Susan Reinhard and Carol Levine of the United Hospital Fund challenges the common perception of family caregiving as a set of personal care and household chores that most adults already do or can easily master. Family caregivers have traditionally provided assistance with bathing, dressing, eating, and household tasks such as shopping and managing finances. While these remain critically important to the well-being of care recipients, the role of family caregivers has dramatically expanded to include [...]