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Ideas & Checklists for New Years Resolutions - for Caregivers and Seniors
December 31, 2013 Posted by Editor
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, 2012. Happy New Year! Now is the exhilarating time for a new beginning -- the time to make New Years resolutions for the coming year! Have you tho...

Free Caregiving Tips & Resources for National Family Caregivers Month from Parkinson Foundation
October 30, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 will p...

Parkinson Foundation Offers Free Webinar on Caring for the Caregiver - November 7
October 28, 2013 Posted by Editor
Parkinson Foundation Offers Free Webinar on Caring for the Caregiver - November 7

The Parkinson Foundation has announced that it will offer a Free Online Webinar on "Caring for the Caregiver" on Thursday, November 7 at 1:00 PM. The webinar, for caregivers, patients and their families and friends, is presented in recognition o...

How to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Extreme Heat, CDC Issues New Resources
June 11, 2013 Posted by Editor
How to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Extreme Heat, CDC Issues New Resources

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new website, video and other resources with tips and information on extreme heat and how to prevent heat-related deaths and illness, as temperatures rise this summer. In a rel...

HHS Announces New Digital & Mobile Health Apps to Help you Stay Healthy
April 22, 2013 Posted by Editor
HHS Announces New Digital & Mobile Health Apps to Help you Stay Healthy

In a HealthBeat message and podcast issued on April 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pronounced that "Your health is going digital. Health applications on the go are becoming more available." The message describes new mobi...

Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging
March 27, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 ar...

Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find
February 4, 2013 Posted by Editor
Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

The February, 2013 issue of the journal HealthAffairs features several studies addressing how more active engagement of patients in their own health and health care can affect health care outcomes and costs of care. "Studies show that more informed ...

Caregiving for a Dear Friend with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS): Part II of a Hope-Inspiring Story
November 20, 2012 Posted by Contributing Author
Caregiving for a Dear Friend with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS): Part II of a Hope-Inspiring Story

Contributed By Shirley A. Woods EDITOR'S NOTE: In a previous post, our dear friend Jackie Barber told the inspiring story of how she is overcoming the dreaded Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) that eighteen months ago left her completely paralyzed from...

Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud
November 2, 2012 Posted by Editor
Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urges consumers to be on guard against fraudulent products claiming to treat, prevent, or cure a wide variety of medical conditions. FDA provides information and resources on its website on Health Fraud, i...

Tips on Keeping Food & Water Safe During Emergencies, Circulated by HHS
October 31, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 during, emergencies. The HHS Bu...

TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions
October 4, 2012 Posted by Editor
TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

A new update on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website announces and provides information about a new Helpline called "TSA Cares" that will be provided by the TSA to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. A...

FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online
September 27, 2012 Posted by Editor
FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the following Bulletin on September 25, 2012: Scam Alert: Beware of Bogus FDA Agents "Hundreds of people who have purchased drugs over the Internet or via telephone have unwittingly exposed thems...

NIH Announces New 52-Week Mobile Health App for Women
August 26, 2012 Posted by Editor
NIH Announces New 52-Week Mobile Health App for Women

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), Office of Research on Women's Health, announced on Thursday that it is providing a new mobile health app for women that is available for free download to an iPhone, iPad or Android device. The new "52 Weeks f...

Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook
May 30, 2012 Posted by Editor
Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook

Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School has published Caregiver's Handbook: A guide to caring for the ill, elderly, disabled ... and yourself, a basic introductory handbook to some of the topics and concerns faced by family caregivers. ...

New High Value Care Guides for Patients Are Jointly Announced by American College of Physicians & Consumer Reports
April 20, 2012 Posted by Editor
New High Value Care Guides for Patients Are Jointly Announced by American College of Physicians & Consumer Reports

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and Consumer Reports jointly announced yesterday that they will work together to produce a new series of "High Value Care" guides to help patients understand what are appropriate treatments for common health pro...

You Can Negotiate Lower Prices for Health Care, New Reports Suggest
April 9, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 heal...

Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests
October 20, 2011 Posted by Editor
Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

A new survey published on October 19 found that while almost eight in ten people who reported having a recent blood test claim they understood the results, in fact 48 percent did not know their cholesterol level, and 65 percent did not know their blood...

American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes
September 19, 2011 Posted by Editor
American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a series of Classes for Family caregivers, which include eight one-hour modules of instruction on topics intended "to help participants gain an understanding of what is involved in caring for a loved one." The cl...

Medicare Launches New Website for Caregivers
May 18, 2011 Posted by Editor
Medicare Launches New Website for Caregivers

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a new section of the Medicare.gov website focused on helping caregivers. The new site, called Medicare Basics -- Eligibility and enrollment; defini...

What Would Help You Most as a Caregiver?
April 1, 2011 Posted by Editor

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 world's ...

Video Introduction to Important Federal Government Resources for Caregivers & Seniors
January 22, 2011 Posted by Editor

This Video produced by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources provides a good introduction to the many federal government resources available to family caregivers and seniors:

Family Caregivers Online Education Modules
January 14, 2011 Posted by Editor

Sixteen different online education/ course modules for family caregivers are provided free of charge by familycaregiversonline.net, a website funded by the

Elder Update
January 3, 2011 Posted by Editor
Elder Update

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs publishes a free bi-monthly newspaper for Florida seniors and caregivers, which is packed with news, tips for health and wellness, Medicare information, and coverage of other topics of interest to seniors, as w...

It's Important to Plan
December 29, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

Guide from AARP helps caregivers gather critical information in advance "After she died, I went to her house and had to go through her papers to find important things like the title to her car, burial arrangements, house title," she said. "They we...

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Free Caregiving Tips & Resources for National Family Caregivers Month from Parkinson Foundation
October 30, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 will p...

10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator
April 30, 2013 Posted by Editor
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. "Any one of the following be...

Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find
February 4, 2013 Posted by Editor
Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

The February, 2013 issue of the journal HealthAffairs features several studies addressing how more active engagement of patients in their own health and health care can affect health care outcomes and costs of care. "Studies show that more informed ...

Caregiving for a Dear Friend with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS): Part II of a Hope-Inspiring Story
November 20, 2012 Posted by Contributing Author
Caregiving for a Dear Friend with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS): Part II of a Hope-Inspiring Story

Contributed By Shirley A. Woods EDITOR'S NOTE: In a previous post, our dear friend Jackie Barber told the inspiring story of how she is overcoming the dreaded Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) that eighteen months ago left her completely paralyzed from...

Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud
November 2, 2012 Posted by Editor
Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urges consumers to be on guard against fraudulent products claiming to treat, prevent, or cure a wide variety of medical conditions. FDA provides information and resources on its website on Health Fraud, i...

Tips on Keeping Food & Water Safe During Emergencies, Circulated by HHS
October 31, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 during, emergencies. The HHS Bu...

Signs That a Headache Could be Dangerous, Featured in Johns Hopkins Health Alert
October 17, 2012 Posted by Editor
Signs That a Headache Could be Dangerous, Featured in Johns Hopkins Health Alert

In a Health Alert published October 17, 2012 by Johns Hopkins, Peter Goadsby, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist who is director of the Headache Center at the University of California at San Francisco, lists some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate a h...

TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions
October 4, 2012 Posted by Editor
TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

A new update on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website announces and provides information about a new Helpline called "TSA Cares" that will be provided by the TSA to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. A...

FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online
September 27, 2012 Posted by Editor
FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the following Bulletin on September 25, 2012: Scam Alert: Beware of Bogus FDA Agents "Hundreds of people who have purchased drugs over the Internet or via telephone have unwittingly exposed thems...

New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act
September 23, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced that $12.5 million in awards funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act will be made to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to help older Americ...

Exercise & Home Modification Most Effective to Prevent Falls in Seniors, New Study Finds
September 18, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 o...

New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site
August 29, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 Guide on planning for Ho...

Tropical Storm Isaac Puts Spotlight on Hurricane Preparedness
August 25, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 ...

Medicare Announces Updated Hospital Compare & Nursing Home Compare Sites
July 21, 2012 Posted by Editor
Medicare Announces Updated Hospital Compare & Nursing Home Compare Sites

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday that it has updated and re-designed its Hospital Compare and Nursing Home Compare websites, which provide tools and quality measures to help consumers find hospitals and Medicare-C...

Govt News Bulletin Gives Preparation & Safety Tips for Summer Weather Emergencies
June 21, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 full day of Summer in th...

Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook
May 30, 2012 Posted by Editor
Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook

Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School has published Caregiver's Handbook: A guide to caring for the ill, elderly, disabled ... and yourself, a basic introductory handbook to some of the topics and concerns faced by family caregivers. ...

New High Value Care Guides for Patients Are Jointly Announced by American College of Physicians & Consumer Reports
April 20, 2012 Posted by Editor
New High Value Care Guides for Patients Are Jointly Announced by American College of Physicians & Consumer Reports

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and Consumer Reports jointly announced yesterday that they will work together to produce a new series of "High Value Care" guides to help patients understand what are appropriate treatments for common health pro...

You Can Negotiate Lower Prices for Health Care, New Reports Suggest
April 9, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 heal...

Electronic Health Records Can Relieve Caregiver Stress; A Caregiver Tells Her Story
February 17, 2012 Posted by Editor
Electronic Health Records Can Relieve Caregiver Stress; A Caregiver Tells Her Story

Cynthia Whisker, a social service coordinator who counsels families and seniors about how to handle the stress of caregiving for their loved ones, has herself become a caregiver for her husband. Her husband underwent both a liver transplant and heart ...

Medicare's Free Annual Wellness Visits
November 28, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor
Medicare's Free Annual Wellness Visits

Medicare recipients under the Affordable Care Act are entitled to an annual wellness visit with their physician at no cost to them. You can review medications with your doctor and talk about whether any changes are needed. You can go over your ...

Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests
October 20, 2011 Posted by Editor
Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

A new survey published on October 19 found that while almost eight in ten people who reported having a recent blood test claim they understood the results, in fact 48 percent did not know their cholesterol level, and 65 percent did not know their blood...

New AHRQ Initiative: Questions are the Answer For Better Doctor-Patient Communication
September 21, 2011 Posted by Editor
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 ...

American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes
September 19, 2011 Posted by Editor
American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a series of Classes for Family caregivers, which include eight one-hour modules of instruction on topics intended "to help participants gain an understanding of what is involved in caring for a loved one." The cl...

The Importance of a Second or Even Third Opinion
August 16, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Reluctant to ask for a second opinion from another Doctor? Watch Dr. Bruce Lytle, Chairman, Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute, Cleveland Clinic, discuss the importance of a second or even third opinion»

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Free Caregiving Tips & Resources for National Family Caregivers Month from Parkinson Foundation
October 30, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 will p...

Tips & Facts to Help You Celebrate a Happy, Meaningful & Safe Fourth of July!
July 3, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 from the Kingdo...

How to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Extreme Heat, CDC Issues New Resources
June 11, 2013 Posted by Editor
How to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Extreme Heat, CDC Issues New Resources

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new website, video and other resources with tips and information on extreme heat and how to prevent heat-related deaths and illness, as temperatures rise this summer. In a rel...

10 Warning Signs Your Senior Family Member May Need Help, Issued by HHS Eldercare Locator
April 30, 2013 Posted by Editor
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. "Any one of the following be...

Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging
March 27, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 ar...

Stop the Spread of Viruses and Germs at Home
January 15, 2013 Posted by Senior Editor
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 e...

CDC Advises on Flu Prevention; Reports on Flu Epidemic Sweeping Nation
January 11, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 of inf...

Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud
November 2, 2012 Posted by Editor
Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urges consumers to be on guard against fraudulent products claiming to treat, prevent, or cure a wide variety of medical conditions. FDA provides information and resources on its website on Health Fraud, i...

Tips on Keeping Food & Water Safe During Emergencies, Circulated by HHS
October 31, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 during, emergencies. The HHS Bu...

Signs That a Headache Could be Dangerous, Featured in Johns Hopkins Health Alert
October 17, 2012 Posted by Editor
Signs That a Headache Could be Dangerous, Featured in Johns Hopkins Health Alert

In a Health Alert published October 17, 2012 by Johns Hopkins, Peter Goadsby, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist who is director of the Headache Center at the University of California at San Francisco, lists some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate a h...

FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online
September 27, 2012 Posted by Editor
FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the following Bulletin on September 25, 2012: Scam Alert: Beware of Bogus FDA Agents "Hundreds of people who have purchased drugs over the Internet or via telephone have unwittingly exposed thems...

New Resources on Hospital to Home Transition Featured on National Library of Medicine Site
August 29, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 Guide on planning for Ho...

Tropical Storm Isaac Puts Spotlight on Hurricane Preparedness
August 25, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 ...

National Safety Month Focuses on Preventing Slips, Trips & Falls among Older Adults
June 4, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 behavior...

Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook
May 30, 2012 Posted by Editor
Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook

Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School has published Caregiver's Handbook: A guide to caring for the ill, elderly, disabled ... and yourself, a basic introductory handbook to some of the topics and concerns faced by family caregivers. ...

Some Caregiving Questions Answered
December 7, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Caregiving expert, Elinor Ginzler, former AARP Senior Vice President for Livable Communities addresses some questions: Who are caregivers in America today? What are the challenges of being a family caregiver? How can families prepare for the ine...

Yearly Checklist for Assessing Elderly Health
December 5, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

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 known). Other elderly health considerati...

Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests
October 20, 2011 Posted by Editor
Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

A new survey published on October 19 found that while almost eight in ten people who reported having a recent blood test claim they understood the results, in fact 48 percent did not know their cholesterol level, and 65 percent did not know their blood...

Harvard Medical School Issues Tips on How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure At Home
October 14, 2011 Posted by Editor
Harvard Medical School Issues Tips on How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure At Home

Harvard Medical School has recently issued a new HealthBeat report, published by Harvard Health Publications, with practical tips on how to measure your blood pressure at home. "Checking blood pressure at home won't cure hypertension, but it will he...

American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes
September 19, 2011 Posted by Editor
American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a series of Classes for Family caregivers, which include eight one-hour modules of instruction on topics intended "to help participants gain an understanding of what is involved in caring for a loved one." The cl...

New Trend: Hospital Care At Home? Study Finds Home X-Rays Beneficial for Elderly
August 29, 2011 Posted by Editor
New Trend: Hospital Care At Home? Study Finds Home X-Rays Beneficial for Elderly

At a time of widely reported rising risks from widespread hospital errors and hospital-acquired infections, doctors in Italy have conducted a pilot study that showed that at least some hospital care (routine X-rays) can better be delivered to elderly p...

New Site Featuring Low- and High-Tech Solutions For Home Health Care
July 24, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Modern Health Talk is a new online community promoting home health care technologies as a way of replacing institutional care (nursing homes & assisted living) with aging in place at home. The community includes: Website (mHealthTalk.com) wi...

High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place
June 18, 2011 Posted by Editor
High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place

Several pilot programs are being conducted by the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology to test motion sensors, skype-like video monitors, robots and other high-tech equipment, as a means of constantly monitoring the well-being of seniors in their own h...

Medicare Launches New Website for Caregivers
May 18, 2011 Posted by Editor
Medicare Launches New Website for Caregivers

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has launched a new section of the Medicare.gov website focused on helping caregivers. The new site, called Medicare Basics -- Eligibility and enrollment; defini...

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TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions
October 4, 2012 Posted by Editor
TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

A new update on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website announces and provides information about a new Helpline called "TSA Cares" that will be provided by the TSA to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. A...

High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place
June 18, 2011 Posted by Editor
High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place

Several pilot programs are being conducted by the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology to test motion sensors, skype-like video monitors, robots and other high-tech equipment, as a means of constantly monitoring the well-being of seniors in their own h...

Tips for Traveling With Diabetes Issued by NIH and CDC
May 20, 2011 Posted by Editor
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 ...

Coordinating Care for Caregivers
March 1, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Watch Dr. Ronan Factora from the Cleveland Clinic Discovery Health video»

Technology Most Helpful to Long-Distance Caregivers
January 10, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

A phone with video capability, or an Internet-connected computer with a webcam that allows a caregiver to view a loved one when the caregiver is away, is a technology most long-distance caregivers would like to have. In a recent study by the Nation...

Study Finds Family Caregivers Want Web-Based and Mobile Technologies to Help Care for Senior Loved Ones
January 8, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor
Study Finds Family Caregivers Want Web-Based and Mobile Technologies to Help Care for Senior Loved Ones

Caregivers are beginning to recognize that technology can provide significant benefits both to themselves and their care recipient, helping them to be more effective as caregivers, saving time and money, and reducing stress. Health records, web-base...

Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers
August 1, 2010 Posted by Editor

Read tips for long-distance caregivers from the Cleveland Clinic. Some of the tips: Get organized; Schedule a family meeting; Research your loved one's illness and treatment; Keep in touch with the medical providers for your lov...

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Free Caregiving Tips & Resources for National Family Caregivers Month from Parkinson Foundation
October 30, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 will p...

Tips & Facts to Help You Celebrate a Happy, Meaningful & Safe Fourth of July!
July 3, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 from the Kingdo...

HHS Announces New Digital & Mobile Health Apps to Help you Stay Healthy
April 22, 2013 Posted by Editor
HHS Announces New Digital & Mobile Health Apps to Help you Stay Healthy

In a HealthBeat message and podcast issued on April 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pronounced that "Your health is going digital. Health applications on the go are becoming more available." The message describes new mobi...

Alzheimer's Caregiving Tips for Dealing with Aggressive Behavior Issued by National Institute on Aging
March 27, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 ar...

Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find
February 4, 2013 Posted by Editor
Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

The February, 2013 issue of the journal HealthAffairs features several studies addressing how more active engagement of patients in their own health and health care can affect health care outcomes and costs of care. "Studies show that more informed ...

CDC Advises on Flu Prevention; Reports on Flu Epidemic Sweeping Nation
January 11, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 of inf...

Harvard Releases New Report On Stress Management
December 4, 2012 Posted by Senior Editor
Harvard Releases New Report On Stress Management

Frequently late? Often angry or irritated? Unsure of your ability to do something? Overextended? Not enough time for stress relief? A new report by Harvard Medical School, Stress Management: Approaches for preventing and reducing stress, "can h...

Caregiving for a Dear Friend with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS): Part II of a Hope-Inspiring Story
November 20, 2012 Posted by Contributing Author
Caregiving for a Dear Friend with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS): Part II of a Hope-Inspiring Story

Contributed By Shirley A. Woods EDITOR'S NOTE: In a previous post, our dear friend Jackie Barber told the inspiring story of how she is overcoming the dreaded Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS) that eighteen months ago left her completely paralyzed from...

Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud
November 2, 2012 Posted by Editor
Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urges consumers to be on guard against fraudulent products claiming to treat, prevent, or cure a wide variety of medical conditions. FDA provides information and resources on its website on Health Fraud, i...

Tips on Keeping Food & Water Safe During Emergencies, Circulated by HHS
October 31, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 during, emergencies. The HHS Bu...

Signs That a Headache Could be Dangerous, Featured in Johns Hopkins Health Alert
October 17, 2012 Posted by Editor
Signs That a Headache Could be Dangerous, Featured in Johns Hopkins Health Alert

In a Health Alert published October 17, 2012 by Johns Hopkins, Peter Goadsby, M.D., Ph.D., a neurologist who is director of the Headache Center at the University of California at San Francisco, lists some of the signs and symptoms that may indicate a h...

Mental Health Awareness Week & World Mental Health Day Educate About Depression
October 8, 2012 Posted by Editor
Mental Health Awareness Week & World Mental Health Day Educate About Depression

October 7-13 has been declared "Mental Illness Awareness Week" in the U.S.  This annual health observance to raise mental illness awareness was declared by an Act of Congress in 1990, to occur in the first full week of October each year. The observ...

TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions
October 4, 2012 Posted by Editor
TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

A new update on the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) website announces and provides information about a new Helpline called "TSA Cares" that will be provided by the TSA to assist travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. A...

FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online
September 27, 2012 Posted by Editor
FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the following Bulletin on September 25, 2012: Scam Alert: Beware of Bogus FDA Agents "Hundreds of people who have purchased drugs over the Internet or via telephone have unwittingly exposed thems...

New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act
September 23, 2012 Posted by Editor
New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced that $12.5 million in awards funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act will be made to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to help older Americ...

Tropical Storm Isaac Puts Spotlight on Hurricane Preparedness
August 25, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 ...

Tips to Celebrate a Safe and Happy Fourth of July and Enjoy the Outdoors Safely
July 4, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 other government websites....

Govt News Bulletin Gives Preparation & Safety Tips for Summer Weather Emergencies
June 21, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 full day of Summer in th...

Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook
May 30, 2012 Posted by Editor
Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver's Handbook

Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School has published Caregiver's Handbook: A guide to caring for the ill, elderly, disabled ... and yourself, a basic introductory handbook to some of the topics and concerns faced by family caregivers. ...

Addressing Caregiver Burnout
December 2, 2011 Posted by Contributing Author
Addressing Caregiver Burnout

Ask Dr. Z December, 2011 By Laura Zipris, Psy. D., LMHC Editor's Note: Dr. Laura Zipris, Psy. D., LMHC, holds a doctorate in Psychology and is licensed to practice psychotherapy in New York and Florida. She writes a monthly column, Ask Dr. Z...

American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes
September 19, 2011 Posted by Editor
American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes

The American Red Cross is sponsoring a series of Classes for Family caregivers, which include eight one-hour modules of instruction on topics intended "to help participants gain an understanding of what is involved in caring for a loved one." The cl...

Therapy Dogs Helping to Heal
August 17, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

Watch Caring Canines Therapy Dogs, Inc., a Non-Profit Therapy Dog organization whose purpose is to share love, joy, and make people feel better»

Hurricane Preparedness For Seniors and Caregivers
July 12, 2011 Posted by Senior Editor

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 parent would evacuate? The U.S. Centers ...

Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes
May 10, 2011 Posted by Editor
Govt Finds Dangerous Antipsychotic Drugs Given 95% “Off Label” in Nursing Homes

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services released an investigation report on May 4, 2011, finding that among elderly Medicare patients in nursing homes, dangerous antipsychotic drugs are being given predom...

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