Congressman Offers Practical Caregiving Advice

Usually, those of us who work in elder care find ourselves advocating with legislators to address needed policies and funding. It is refreshing to see a legislator take a leadership role as an advocate, as is the case with Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes. I have just read his Letter to the Editor of the Suffolk News Herald on aging and family caregiving. In this letter, he cites data from the latest Caregiving in the U.S. report and offers recommendations to the caregivers of aging parents. I would suggest you read the article for more details, but I’ll briefly summarize his five points here, as they do make excellent points: Create a caregiving plan. Such a plan helps deal with the day-to

Aging in Place: Home Adaptation Is #1 Way to Prepare

A recent article in Harvard Medical Schools’ Healthbeat offered readers six different ways in which they could prepare to “age well.” I’ll share with you their six recommendations, and then look more closely at their #1 recommendation. 6. Prepare advanced health care directives; e.g., living will, health care proxy. 5. Plan ahead for emergencies; have a home alarm system, keep emergency numbers close by. 4. Identify sources of assistance for needs you may have; e.g., transportation, meal preparation, etc. 3. Determine best housing options; e.g., non-traditional retirement community. 2. Avoid falls; e.g., practice balance exercises, use safety precautions, etc. And the #1 recommendation: M

New Survey Examines Baby Boomers’ Preparedness for Aging

A recent survey highlights older Americans’ thoughts and concerns about aging, including their own preparedness. The 2015 United States of Aging Survey, conducted by the National Council on Aging, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and United Healthcare, explored thoughts about aging with a sample of 1,000 adults aged 60 and above. The survey also queried 150 medical and senior care professionals. An estimated 10,000 U.S. baby boomers turn 65 every day. Researchers hope that by understanding individuals’ fears and challenges, the system can better prepare for the influx of greater numbers of seniors into medical and social services. Here are a few of the more interesting fin

Invisible Caregivers: New Report Sheds Light on Family Needs

In the United States today, there are approximately 40 million family members who provide care for disabled or elderly adult loved ones.If you have ever been a family caregiver, you know about both the burden and the rewards of caregiving. Two organizations, the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving, are casting a brighter light on the nature of caregiving in the U.S. today. Two recently issued reports paint a profile of family caregivers and address the financial, emotional, and physical burdens with which they often struggle. The AARP published Valuing the Invaluable, which follows up on the groundwork laid in another report, Caregiving in the U.S., that was

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