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Ideas & Checklists for New Years Resolutions - for Caregivers and Seniors

UPDATED: This article is updated from an article that appeared on HelpingYouCare® on December 31, 2013. Happy New Year! Now is the exhilarating time for a new beginning — the time to make New Years resolutions for the coming . . . → Read More: Ideas & Checklists for New Years Resolutions – for Caregivers and Seniors

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Free Caregiving Tips & Resources for National Family Caregivers Month from Parkinson Foundation

As part of National Family Caregivers Month – November, 2013 – the National Parkinson Foundation has announced that it will offer Free Caregiving tips and resources during the entire month of November. On the NPF Facebook page, the Foundation . . . → Read More: Free Caregiving Tips & Resources for National Family Caregivers Month from Parkinson Foundation

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Tips & Facts to Help You Celebrate a Happy, Meaningful & Safe Fourth of July!

As we all know, Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States.  It is a day on which we celebrate the founding and independence of our nation.  The Declaration of Independence, declaring independence . . . → Read More: Tips & Facts to Help You Celebrate a Happy, Meaningful & Safe Fourth of July!

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10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator

The Eldercare Locator, a service of the Administration on Aging, part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has issued a list of 10 Warning Signs Your Older Family Member May Need Help in the home. . . . → Read More: 10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator

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Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has recently issued a tipsheet for Alzheimer’s caregivers on Coping with Agitation and Aggression. As the tipsheet points out, agitation and aggressive behavior are common . . . → Read More: Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging

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Helpful Organizing Tips for Caregivers

Here are a few useful apps that can organize all of your elderly loved one’s documents. Evernote (note taking service), an app that saves information, web pages, notes, and attachments across all your devices. Includes a great search function. . . . → Read More: Helpful Organizing Tips for Caregivers

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Stop the Spread of Viruses and Germs at Home

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article and video are updated from an earlier version that appeared on HelpingYouCare® October 9, 2011. They contain important health and prevention reminders which are particularly relevant as we currently face a widespread flu epidemic in . . . → Read More: Stop the Spread of Viruses and Germs at Home

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CDC Advises on Flu Prevention; Reports on Flu Epidemic Sweeping Nation

According to the latest Seasonal Flu Surveillance (FluView) Report, issued today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “the United States is having an early flu season with most of the country now experiencing high levels . . . → Read More: CDC Advises on Flu Prevention; Reports on Flu Epidemic Sweeping Nation

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Tips on Keeping Food & Water Safe During Emergencies, Circulated by HHS

As Hurricane Sandy was preparing to strike New Jersey and New York on October 29, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) circulated a bulletin on how to prepare for, and keep your food and water safe . . . → Read More: Tips on Keeping Food & Water Safe During Emergencies, Circulated by HHS

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Exercise & Home Modification Most Effective to Prevent Falls in Seniors, New Study Finds

New research published September 12 in The Cochrane Library has found that of several fall-prevention methods studied, exercise including strength and balance training was most effective in reducing the risk of falling for seniors. Modifications of the home to . . . → Read More: Exercise & Home Modification Most Effective to Prevent Falls in Seniors, New Study Finds

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New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site

“Many older adults do not successfully make the transition home well and end up returning to the hospital. In fact, one in five Medicare patients are readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after discharge,” according to a new . . . → Read More: New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site

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Tropical Storm Isaac Puts Spotlight on Hurricane Preparedness

As Tropical Storm Isaac approaches Florida, with Hurricane warnings in effect for much of Florida’s West coast, government authorities are urging all citizens to prepare, and are focusing attention on government resources available to help you prepare for a . . . → Read More: Tropical Storm Isaac Puts Spotlight on Hurricane Preparedness

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Tips to Celebrate a Safe and Happy Fourth of July and Enjoy the Outdoors Safely

This Fourth of July will be the 236th birthday of the United States of America. To help you celebrate safely, the U.S. Government has posted a number of resources at USA.gov, the U.S. government’s official web portal, and on . . . → Read More: Tips to Celebrate a Safe and Happy Fourth of July and Enjoy the Outdoors Safely

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Govt News Bulletin Gives Preparation & Safety Tips for Summer Weather Emergencies

The U.S. Government today circulated a news bulletin from its official website, USA.gov, advising of a number of new or expanded resources on how to prepare for and stay safe in a Summer weather emergency. Today is the first . . . → Read More: Govt News Bulletin Gives Preparation & Safety Tips for Summer Weather Emergencies

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National Safety Month Focuses on Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls among Older Adults

June has been designated “National Safety Month,” an annual observance sponsored by the National Safety Council (NSC), a non-profit organization, “to increase awareness of the top causes of preventable injuries and deaths and to encourage safe behaviors.” Each week . . . → Read More: National Safety Month Focuses on Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls among Older Adults

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May 27 through June 2 declared National Hurricane Preparedness Week

May 27 through June 2 has been declared as 2012 National Hurricane Preparedness Week, the National Hurricane Center has announced. Hurricane Season each year officially begins June 1 and runs through the end of November, according to the National . . . → Read More: May 27 through June 2 declared National Hurricane Preparedness Week

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You Can Negotiate Lower Prices for Health Care, New Reports Suggest

Several new reports have indicated that, facing rising healthcare costs and high-deductible health insurance or no insurance, patients and consumers are increasingly negotiating lower medical bills directly with their doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers. And, new resources . . . → Read More: You Can Negotiate Lower Prices for Health Care, New Reports Suggest

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Medicare Announces Changes to Nursing Home Compare Tool

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), has recently announced changes to its Nursing Home Compare tool which will take effect in 2012. The current nursing home . . . → Read More: Medicare Announces Changes to Nursing Home Compare Tool

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Yearly Checklist for Assessing Elderly Health

Geriatric health experts say a good place to start in assessing elderly health is weight.  A weight gain or loss is something to be addressed with a doctor (especially if the reason for the gain or loss is not . . . → Read More: Yearly Checklist for Assessing Elderly Health

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Legal and Financial Issues for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A NIA Resource List

The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, under the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), provides a useful resource list with excerpts and links to multiple sources of information on Legal . . . → Read More: Legal and Financial Issues for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: A NIA Resource List

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Caregiverlist - Search Tool to Find & Compare Nursing Homes & Their Costs

Caregiverlist.com offers a Nursing Home search tool combined with a “Star Rating Service” for family caregivers, which allows you to search for nursing homes by State and County, by zip code, or by name, and find a list with . . . → Read More: Caregiverlist – Search Tool to Find & Compare Nursing Homes & Their Costs

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Retirement and Long-Term Care Planning Tools

What can you do as a Baby Boomer and family caregiver to secure your retirement future against the threat of rising health care and long-term care costs? Here are some links to information that may be helpful to you . . . → Read More: Retirement and Long-Term Care Planning Tools

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New AHRQ Initiative: Questions are the Answer For Better Doctor-Patient Communication

On Tuesday, September 20, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), along with the Ad Council, a non-profit organization, launched a new Questions are the Answer initiative . . . → Read More: New AHRQ Initiative: Questions are the Answer For Better Doctor-Patient Communication

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Emergency Preparedness For Seniors and Caregivers

Some helpful resources in times of earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters: See information on emergency preparedness for older Americans from Ready.gov/America The National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center also offers helpful tips for Hurricane Preparedness, along with current weather . . . → Read More: Emergency Preparedness For Seniors and Caregivers

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Study Finds Medical History Key to Correct Diagnosis

A new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, found that patients’ medical history “emerged as the key element in formulating correct diagnosis” of medical conditions. This obviously has important implications . . . → Read More: Study Finds Medical History Key to Correct Diagnosis

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Health Care Costs to Increase by 5.8% Per Year, CMS Projects; Baby Boomers Worry About Long-Term Care

A new report, from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Baltimore, and published in the journal HealthAffairs on July 28, 2011, projects that overall U.S. health care costs will grow . . . → Read More: Health Care Costs to Increase by 5.8% Per Year, CMS Projects; Baby Boomers Worry About Long-Term Care

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Hurricane Preparedness For Seniors and Caregivers

If you or your senior loved one live in a coastal area, have you taken the advisable steps to prepare in advance for a Hurricane? If an evacuation order were given, have you planned how and where your elderly . . . → Read More: Hurricane Preparedness For Seniors and Caregivers

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Can a Patient Know Too Much? Are You Annoying Your Doctors?

Recently controversy has swirled around a website, QuantiaMD, which provides a physician-to-physician educational presentation entitled, “Managing the Difficult Patient.” This controversy has raised questions about how patients can make the most constructive and helpful use of the vast quantity . . . → Read More: Can a Patient Know Too Much? Are You Annoying Your Doctors?

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9 Common-Sense Tips to Improve Your Memory from Johns Hopkins

In its July 4 issue, Johns Hopkins Health Alerts published a checklist of 9 common-sense tips to help overcome minor memory lapses that come with aging. Johns Hopkins cautions that “age-associated memory impairment can’t be eliminated completely,” but, they . . . → Read More: 9 Common-Sense Tips to Improve Your Memory from Johns Hopkins

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New Tool Issued by HHS to Help Reduce Medication Errors

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), has released a new tool to help consumers reduce medication errors — a revised booklet, with detachable wallet-sized card, entitled: “Your Medicines: Be . . . → Read More: New Tool Issued by HHS to Help Reduce Medication Errors

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Tips for Traveling With Diabetes Issued by NIH and CDC

The National Diabetes Education Program, jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), has issued a checklist of tips to help you travel with diabetes. These may be helpful to . . . → Read More: Tips for Traveling With Diabetes Issued by NIH and CDC

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FDA Issues Tips for Caregivers on Medication Management

On May 4, 2011 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued Ten Tips for Caregivers on How to Prevent Accidental Overdose from Over-The-Counter (OTC) liquid medications, at the same time as the Agency released guidelines to OTC drug . . . → Read More: FDA Issues Tips for Caregivers on Medication Management

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A Free Online Application to Manage Health

Here’s a free online health application that assists families in managing their health. The Mayo Clinic has teamed up with Microsoft to give you tools to control your family’s health care with personalized reminders and guidance. . . . → Read More: A Free Online Application to Manage Health

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What Would Help You Most as a Caregiver?

Please take a minute to answer a few questions (anonymously) that will help us learn and let others know what most concerns family caregiver and what would most help family caregivers. Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the . . . → Read More: What Would Help You Most as a Caregiver?

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Eight Tax Tips for Caregivers

Tax tips for Caregivers from a tax attorney, including brief tips on the following eight topics: Claiming a Dependent Dependent Care Credit Deduction Qualifying Criteria Multiple Support Agreement State Deductions and Credits Home Modifications Reimbursement Accounts In Home Assistance . . . → Read More: Eight Tax Tips for Caregivers

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Caregiving Basics: A Document Organizer

Can you put your hands on important documents you will need as a primary caregiver? Here’s a helpful to-do list to help you locate, create, or revise important papers. From the National Caregivers Library: . . . → Read More: Caregiving Basics: A Document Organizer

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A Checklist of Some Legal Issues for Seniors and Their Family Caregivers

© 2010 by Constance R. Barnhart Attorney At Law View/ Print as a PDF Document Following is a checklist of some of the legal issues that may arise for seniors and their family caregivers. For each of these issues . . . → Read More: A Checklist of Some Legal Issues for Seniors and Their Family Caregivers

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Checklists of What to Look For and Ask Long-Term Care Providers & Professionals

Checklists provided by GetCare.com. Multiple checklists in printable PDF format, to help you know what to look for and what to ask several different types of providers of long-term care services, including providers of: In-Home Care: Home Care Services . . . → Read More: Checklists of What to Look For and Ask Long-Term Care Providers & Professionals

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In-Home Care Agency: What to Ask

A printable checklist by AARP on questions to ask in evaluating home health care agencies. Includes several questions under the categories: Services Know the Staff Costs and Quality. In-Home Care Agency: What to Ask.

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Checklist For Consumers And Prospective Residents | Assisted Living Facilities

Choosing An Assisted Living Residence:  A Consumer’s Guide A Checklist For Consumers And Prospective Residents When you are looking for an assisted living or residential care setting for yourself or a loved one, here is a checklist provided by . . . → Read More: Checklist For Consumers And Prospective Residents | Assisted Living Facilities

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How to Respond When Dementia Causes Unpredictable Behaviors

This is a useful 16 page pamphlet, provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. It discusses seven different behaviors typical of elders with dementia, and provides the caregiver a three step process to help understand the behavior, what may be triggering . . . → Read More: How to Respond When Dementia Causes Unpredictable Behaviors

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Making the Transition to Nursing Facility Life: Coping with the Transition

This checklist by the American Health Care Association (AHCA), a non-profit organization, helps seniors and family caregivers with making and coping with the transition to nursing facility life. It provides tips on planning ahead, and a checklist of what . . . → Read More: Making the Transition to Nursing Facility Life: Coping with the Transition

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Legal Issues in Planning for Incapacity

Legal Issues in Planning for Incapacity, Family Caregiver Alliance. Checklist of things to be considered, options available for managing assets, and ways to plan and pay for long-term care. »View Details

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Caregiver’s Checklist

A caregiver checklist of medical, legal and financial concerns for someone diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Read more from the Area Agency on Aging>>>

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Nursing Home Checklist

Nursing Home Checklist from Medicare.gov.  Helpful resource in selecting a nursing home for your elderly loved one.  Helps you know what questions to ask, and keep track of the information you collect on each potential facility, in an organized . . . → Read More: Nursing Home Checklist

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Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease, Fact Sheet by the Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral (ADEAR) Center, a Service of the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. . . . → Read More: Legal and Financial Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Eldercare: Caregiving, Nursing Home, Medicaid, Living Wills – A Checklist

Eldercare: Caregiving, Nursing Home, Medicaid, Living Wills, by Rocco Beatrice, C.P.A. A general discussion and checklist of financial and legal issues for family caregivers of the elderly. »View details: Eldercare Caregiving, Nursing Home, Medicaid, Living Wills – A . . . → Read More: Eldercare: Caregiving, Nursing Home, Medicaid, Living Wills – A Checklist

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National Institute on Aging — Age Page: Getting Your Affairs in Order

National Institute on Aging — Age Page: Getting Your Affairs in Order, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. A 6 page fact sheet, providing a checklist of important legal matters . . . → Read More: National Institute on Aging — Age Page: Getting Your Affairs in Order

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Questions & Answers When Looking For an Elder Law Attorney

Questions & Answers When Looking For an Elder Law Attorney, By National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA). Provides a checklist of some of the legal issues involved in elder law, as well as advice on how to . . . → Read More: Questions & Answers When Looking For an Elder Law Attorney

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Preventing Falls Checklist

Preventing Falls Checklist from AARP

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Home Safety Checklist

Home Safety Checklist by AARP

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Assisted Living: What to Ask

Assisted Living: What to Ask. A Checklist and worksheet by AARP. Helps you know what questions to ask, and record and organize the information you gather when visiting and evaluating potential assisted living facilities for your senior loved one. . . . → Read More: Assisted Living: What to Ask

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Nursing Homes: What to Ask

Nursing Homes: What to Ask. Checklist by AARP.

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Dealing with Pain: What to Ask

Dealing with Pain: What to Ask. Checklist by AARP.

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Hospice: What to Ask

Hospice: What to Ask. Checklist by AARP.

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Prepare Yourself Now to Help Care for Parents Later

Prepare Yourself Now to Help Care for Parents Later, USA Today, February 1, 2008. A good overview with checklists to help you prepare for parent care.»View Info

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