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The Healthy Senior Heart

The Healthy Senior Heart

February is usually the month that we celebrate love.  It is also the month that we in the United States have dedicated it to heart health and awareness.  It is a fact that over 650,000 people die annually from cardiovascular disease.  It is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women.  As we age and become less active, our hearts will experience some changes.  For example, the resting heart rate may decrease and become irregular. Because the sensation of chest pain can be altered in seniors, complaints of chest pain can originate in areas […]   read more

The Challenges Ahead for the Millennial Caregiver

The Challenges Ahead for the Millennial Caregiver

Caregivers are getting younger and younger as our overall baby boomer population increases. The millennial caregiver has emerged on the scene and blazing their own difficult trail.  Let’s look at the numbers to understand the dynamic of the eldercare crisis that they are faced with. We are used to the media reporting that the “typical caregiver” is a 49 year old baby boomer taking care of an aging parent.  This is not that story.  This is about the baby boomer needing help themselves and the young adult who is providing that care for them.

According to a recent report from the 2015 National Alliance […]   read more

Am I My Brother’s Keeper? YES I AM (Even if he has Special Needs)

Am I My Brother’s Keeper? YES I AM (Even if he has Special Needs)

I came across an article in The Buffalo News.com about the unique challenges of being the primary caregiver of a sibling after the parents died. Many of us in this industry focus on the caregivers of parents or spouses but there is a growing subset of caregivers of “other adults”, that could be a sibling, aunt, grandparent etc… The larger issue is that there is a projected shortfall of available caregivers in the next 20-30 years. It has to do with the decline in the birthrate for the baby boomers and the generations that have come after them. This […]   read more

How To Help A Caregiver of An Alzheimer’s Patient

How To Help A Caregiver of An Alzheimer’s Patient

 

In order to understand what a caregiver of someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementia is going through, you must first understand the enormity of the situation and the impact that this disease is having on our society.  Here are some facts from the Alzheimer’s Association website:

Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
Nearly 15% of caregivers for people with Alzheimer’s or another dementia are long-distance caregivers.
More than 60 percent of Alzheimer’s […]   read more

When Does A Caregiver Use A Power-Of-Attorney?

When Does A Caregiver Use A Power-Of-Attorney?

 

Caregivers have a lot of legal terms and documents that they need to become familiar with in a short period of time.  A durable power-of-attorney is a documents in which the care recipient appoints “you” (or someone else) as their “attorney-in-fact” to conduct financial transactions on their behalf, especially when they are incapacitated or not able to perform that function for themselves.

 

Let’s not confuse this document or its’ intended use with a healthcare proxy or healthcare power-of-attorney.  This document, allows the care recipient to appoint “you” (or someone else) to make medical decisions for them if they are […]   read more

5 Tips for Employers to Show Support for Caregivers

5 Tips for Employers to Show Support for Caregivers

“If you want to improve your world, then focus your attention on  helping others.” John C. Maxwell

Many employers are currently losing sleep over the impact of the upcoming implementation of the Affordable Care Act in January 2014.  They are so worried about the rising cost of healthcare, premiums and whether or not they are mandated to provide health insurance for their employees.  What they are blinded to is the tidal wave of costs & expenses that eldercare is having on their employees RIGHT NOW!  According to several studies conducted by the National Alliance […]   read more