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Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease | National Institute on Aging

September 10, 2012

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  Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging This comprehensive, 104-page handbook offers easy-to-understand information and advice for at-home caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. It addresses all aspects of care, from bathing and eating to visiting the doctor and getting respite care. via Caring for […]

VA benefits for veterans over the age of 65: Housebound Pension and Aid and Attendance Pension | BrightStar Downtown Houston

August 6, 2012

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Part 1 Monetary Assistance for in-home care for veterans Part 2 VA benefits for veterans over the age of 65: Basic Pension What are Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits? Aid and Attendance (A&A) is an enhanced or special monthly pension benefit paid in addition to basic pension. You may not receive enhanced or special monthly pension without first establishing eligibility for […]

Assistance with in-home care for veterans | BrightStar Downtown Houston

August 6, 2012

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If you or a loved one are a veteran and you are over 65 you need to read on. There are several pensions provided through the Veterans Administration designed to help you.  If you think you qualify you should contact the VA.  I will be covering the different pensions in the coming days. What is […]

Do you ask yourself “how can I ever get through this?” Part 1, feeling lonely. | downtown-houston

August 1, 2012

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When serious illness strikes a family the stress on a family caregiver can be immense. Whether the person needing care is a child or an adult our tendency can be to focus on getting the job of caregiver done and for short and not take the time to examine the feelings and frustrations we feel. […]

CMS Announces Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes

May 31, 2012

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As pressure mounts CMS (the Center for Medicare and Medicaid  Services) announced a partnership to improve dementia care in the US.  They are partnering with providers, caregivers, patients to ensure appropriate use of antipsychotic medications. They say they want to “ensure appropriate care and use of antipsychotic medications for nursing home patients.”  Their first goal is […]

We Are Not Prepared for Long-Term Care « Caring for Our Parents

May 30, 2012

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This is an excellent article but before I leave you to Howard let me state that I agree with him but this must be part of a larger discussion that we all need to have with our families.  We also need to plan how to take care of our own long term care taking into […]

Older adults may need more vitamin D to prevent mobility difficulties | Health, Medical, and Science Updates

May 30, 2012

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Newswise — WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – May 29, 2012 – Older adults who don’t get enough vitamin D – either from diet, supplements or sun exposure – may be at increased risk of developing mobility limitations and disability, according to new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. “This is one of the first studies to […]

Having to think about the unthinkable

May 27, 2012

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This article comes from the LA Times so some information is specific to California.  I have posted Texas specific information in another blog.  Most people don’t like to plan for dying, but in our state of denial, we leave ourselves vulnerable to conditions we would never want. Arrangements for the end of life are essential. […]

Caregiving for your aging parent, spouse or significant other

May 23, 2012

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Nothing can create stress and conflict in our lives like taking care of an aging parent or spouse or a sick child.  Today we will focus on elder care.  On a beautiful spring morning, “Alice” (name changed) rises to catch a ride from her daughter’s home to the local Senior Center to attend the adult […]

Caregiver Humor: Finding Something to Laugh about in Not-So-Funny Situations – San Francisco health and happiness | Examiner.com

May 23, 2012

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by Allen Klein Sometimes a laugh is the only weapon we have. —Roger  Rabbit Several years ago my father-in-law was very ill.  One time, when he came home from the hospital, it was his and my mother-in-law’s wedding anniversary.  I suggested that they invite a few friends over for dinner and I would do the cooking. […]