Caregiving

Where Do the Aging Without Children Find Help?

It’s well-known that people needing care turn to family caregivers. The Family Caregiver Alliance reports close to 44 million family members give aid to another individual over 50 years of age. AARP says it’s a dilemma that America faces; the family caregiving force is shrinking, dramatically. That’s a big problem since so many older adults rely on them. But what about the individuals who live without children, who do they turn to when an illness or an emergency happens? READ MORE

How the White House Conference on Aging Topics Affect Older Americans

If you had an opportunity to read the discussions held at the White House Conference on Aging two weeks ago, you’d know that many solutions are in the works. One topic addressed the hardship of family caregiving while working a full-time job. Ms. Ai-Jen Poo author of The Age of Dignity encouraged the panel to see the family caregivers as a mainstay of support for the older generation. And their value is extremely high. READ MORE

Launching Aging.gov for Seniors and Caregivers

Just recently, the White House Conference on Aging opened with a discussion on caregiving. The discussions throughout the day addressed challenges that the aging population faces daily. The biggest hurdles experts tackled were:

  • The annual income made by the professional health workers
  • The growing aging population
  • The pressure put on the long-term care industry
  • The millions of volunteer family members who give care
  • And the Social Security

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How Long-term Care Planning Saves Heartache

In 2010, a study sponsored by Genworth found that sixty-three percent of consumers believe they will not need senior care as they age. But a survey by the Inquiry reported seven out of ten Americans will require at least three years of care at some point after age 65. The data backs up the eventual need, but people still deny it. READ MORE

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Elderly Abuse and Financial Frauds

The news reports it every day. Financial and other forms of violence directed to the elderly. It’s hard to believe how much the elderly suffer at the hand of unethical people. In 2009, MetLife estimated the financial loss due to scams neared $2.9 billion. But in the latest Truelink study, it found the financial loss to be twelve times higher than that, approximately 36.9% of seniors are affected by financial abuse. READ MORE

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Long-Distance Caregiving Tips

Having the caregiver responsibilities for an aging relative from long-distance is one of the toughest challenges a family member will ever face. And since so many adult children live miles away from a parent, their concern for safety, health, well-being, and nutrition is hard to coordinate and manage. If this situation matches your role, then you are a long-distance caregiver.READ MORE

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Heat Stroke: Know the Warning Signs

A serious risk for seniors during the hot summer months is heat stroke, and it’s especially hazardous for elderly adults because of the natural changes that happen as the body ages. Family members and seniors must know the warning signs when a loved one is experiencing a heat stroke and what they can do to mitigate it.

A heat stroke is a condition called hyperthermia that is the body’s inability to regulate its temperature due to several factors. What happens in hyperthermia, the body absorbs more heat than it can dispel. The opposite condition occurs in the winter months, hypothermia. Other terms for hyperthermia are heat fatigue, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion.READ MORE

Care Transitions for Senior Health

The Affordable Care Act added the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program in 2012, requiring the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce payments to hospitals with excess readmission. A readmission is a reentry to a hospital or another facility, within 30 days after the hospital visit. The result has been, improved care transitions for patients across the board.

The key targeted illnesses that have high readmission rates are an acute heart attack, heart failure, and pneumonia. In 2010, readmission costs toppled over $17.4 billion for Medicare. It is imperative for health care providers to find the best ways to help patients lower these costs by giving better care transitions upon discharge. READ MORE

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Do you need to hire a caregiver?

Caring for an aging relative is a significant concern for families and AARP calls elder care the “new normal.” The typical family member who cares for a parent is a woman, although men caregivers is a growing trend.

Family members have an enormous need to hire in-home caregivers because they usually work outside the home and need someone else to help when they’re away at work. A professional caregiver can offer the family a much-needed respite when they take over the elder care duties. But hiring a professional home care aide is tough to do because family members don’t know who would be a good fit. Plus, it’s hard to turn a parent’s care over to just anyone. READ MORE

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Caregiver Support Groups

Caregivers need a place to share ups and downs. In my caregiving days, I attended many groups sponsored by churches, non-profits, and local service organizations. By far, my favorite are the smaller groups that met in private homes of friends. In just a few hours, I would watch women and men seated on couches and chairs joke around with one another, laugh hilariously and then cry together in a matter of a few hours.

A caregiver support group is the one place in the world where people giving care can feel connected, understood and sustained when sharing their troubles about taking care of spouses, parents, siblings, and children. Always at the end of the meeting, every person would grip the hand of another or give a big hug. The ending mantra is usually, “Hang in there and have a good week. Call if you need anything.” READ MORE

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