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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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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 . . . → Read More: Parkinson Foundation Offers Free Webinar on Caring for the Caregiver – November 7

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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 . . . → Read More: How to Protect Yourself from the Dangers of Extreme Heat, CDC Issues New Resources

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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 . . . → Read More: HHS Announces New Digital & Mobile Health Apps to Help You Stay Healthy

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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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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 . . . → Read More: Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

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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 . . . → Read More: Caregiving for a Dear Friend with Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS): Part II of a Hope-Inspiring Story

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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, . . . → Read More: Learn How to Spot and Avoid Health Fraud

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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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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. According to . . . → Read More: TSA Provides Helpline for Travelers with Disabilities and Medical Conditions

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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 themselves . . . → Read More: FDA Issues Scam Alert: Beware of Phone Scams from Bogus FDA Agents if You Have Bought Meds Online

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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. . . . → Read More: NIH Announces New 52-Week Mobile Health App for Women

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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. In . . . → Read More: Harvard Health Publishes Caregiver’s Handbook

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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 problems. . . . → Read More: New High Value Care Guides for Patients Are Jointly Announced by American College of Physicians & Consumer Reports

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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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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 . . . → Read More: Improving Your Health Literacy May Help You Improve Your Health, Survey Suggests

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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.” . . . → Read More: American Red Cross Offers Free Family Caregiver Classes

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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; definitions for . . . → Read More: Medicare Launches New Website for Caregivers

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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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Video Introduction to Important Federal Government Resources for Caregivers & Seniors

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 . . . → Read More: Video Introduction to Important Federal Government Resources for Caregivers & Seniors

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Family Caregivers Online Education Modules

Sixteen different online education/ course modules for family caregivers are provided free of charge by familycaregiversonline.net, a website funded by . . . → Read More: Family Caregivers Online Education Modules

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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 well as topics . . . → Read More: Elder Update

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It's Important to Plan

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,” . . . → Read More: It’s Important to Plan

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Training to Be a Family Caregiver

This article, part of a WSJ.com series with tips on elder-care, cites a series of new studies and reports on the emotional, physical and financial challenges of caring for aged or disabled loved ones.  It suggests that just as people train for marathons and other . . . → Read More: Training to Be a Family Caregiver

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How To Parent Your Parents

By Carolyn Rosenblatt, Forbes.com Some basic but useful tips on how to parent your parents. Surprising opening: “Sometimes, we have to tell THEM what to do. It’s uncomfortable. The image we may have of our parents is that they . . . → Read More: How To Parent Your Parents

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Prepare To Care; A Planning Guide for Families

A five-step guide to planning for caregiving: (1) Prepare to Talk; (2) Form Your Team; (3) Assess Needs; (4) Make a Plan; (5) Take Action. A 19 page pamphlet by AARP. Read more: Prepare To Care; A Planning Guide . . . → Read More: Prepare To Care; A Planning Guide for Families

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Caregiving

Caregiving, Medicinenet.com, Good overall introduction to caregiving and the issues faced by caregivers, compiled by MedicineNet based on government sources.»View Info

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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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A Guide for Caregivers

A Guide for Caregivers, Newsweek. A basic overview of issues faced by caregivers, with tips on how to prepare yourself and cope.»View Info

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What Caregivers Need to Know

What Caregivers Need to Know, Parade Magazine. Good general introduction to steps to prepare for and cope with caregiving. Though written October 9,2005, still applies today. »View Info

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Getting the best elder care means not waiting until the last minute

Getting the best elder care means not waiting until the last minute, by Sandra Block, USA Today. Tips including find out what long term care options are available now –don’t wait for a crisis; avoid role reversal – respect . . . → Read More: Getting the best elder care means not waiting until the last minute

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Caregiving Overview

Caregiving; Overview, a publication of the National Women’s Health Resource Center. An excellent, comprehensive discussion of advice for the caregiver in several different areas, with a list of resources. Even though first published on December 15, 2005, this is . . . → Read More: Caregiving Overview

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Help for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Many government and private orgainzations offer help for caregivers to patients with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.  Read the story reported in the Los Angeles Times:  Help for Alzheimer’s caregivers – . . . → Read More: Help for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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