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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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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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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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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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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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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 . . . → Read More: Signs That a Headache Could be Dangerous, Featured in Johns Hopkins Health Alert

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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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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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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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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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Video: Tips on How to Care for Your Older Parent & Avoid Caregiver Burnout

While caring for an older parent can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime, it can also be frustrating and stressful, leading to “caregiver burnout.” Dr. Alicia Arbaje, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine offers . . . → Read More: Video: Tips on How to Care for Your Older Parent & Avoid Caregiver Burnout

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Some Caregiving Questions Answered

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 inevitable? How . . . → Read More: Some Caregiving Questions Answered

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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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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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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 help . . . → Read More: Harvard Medical School Issues Tips on How to Take Your Own Blood Pressure At Home

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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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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 . . . → Read More: New Trend: Hospital Care At Home? Study Finds Home X-Rays Beneficial for Elderly

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New Site Featuring Low- and High-Tech Solutions For Home Health Care

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) with general information . . . → Read More: New Site Featuring Low- and High-Tech Solutions For Home Health Care

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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 . . . → Read More: High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place

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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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How To Save On The Cost Of Prescription Drugs

Some tips from Medicare.gov on buying generic drugs and entering a discount prescription program. Click 10 ways to reduce your drug costs» See also the ABC Diane Sawuer News Video report on how to cut the cost of . . . → Read More: How To Save On The Cost Of Prescription Drugs

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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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The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies

The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies: What to Do For The Most Common Health Problems provides do-it-yourself home remedies for common ailments. Many have recommended this practical book. These home remedies recommended by the Mayo Clinic for some . . . → Read More: The Mayo Clinic Book of Home Remedies

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New Virtual Assisted Living Model: Technology + Paid Staff and Volunteers Enable Seniors to Remain in Their Own Homes

Allen “Chip” Teel, MD, a family physician in Maine, is pioneering a new model for virtual assisted living at home. Use of technology plus a combination of paid staff and volunteers to check on seniors living in their own . . . → Read More: New Virtual Assisted Living Model: Technology + Paid Staff and Volunteers Enable Seniors to Remain in Their Own Homes

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Coordinating Care for Caregivers

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

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Successful Tips With Difficult Aging Parents

Don’t dare call your mom because you know it will be an hour before you can get off the phone? Is your parent always critical of your help, or just a non-ending complainer? Do you feel you’re not up . . . → Read More: Successful Tips With Difficult Aging Parents

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Making the Bathroom Safer for Your Elderly Parent

Watch this video for good tips on how to make the bathroom safer for your elderly parent or other elderly loved . . . → Read More: Making the Bathroom Safer for Your Elderly Parent

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Caregiving and Dementia: New Ideas

There is no effective medical cure for Alzheimer’s.   Most dementia caregiving is performed by families and nursing homes.  11 Million people care for Alzheimer’s-afflicted relatives at home. Dealing with the difficult behaviors that characterize Alzheimer’s and other dementias . . . → Read More: Caregiving and Dementia: New Ideas

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Advice to caregivers: Reassure and don't argue

What if the Alzheimer’s patient says untrue and harmful things? What about correcting inconsequential things? Can a caregiver win an argument with an Alzheimer’s patient? Are there helpful ways to calm an Alzheimer’s patient? Read More in this Article . . . → Read More: Advice to caregivers: Reassure and don’t argue

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Organize Documents

from AARP.org Does your mother have a will? Where is your father’s birth certificate? AARP.org offers a PDF download designed to help organize you and your parents now before a crisis happens. »See Organize Documents

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Blame the disease, not the person, when caregiving gets frustrating

By Angela Lunde, Mayo Clinic health education outreach coordinator Another perspective that can be helpful: i.e. separate the disease from the person and the person from the behaviors. Doing this helps you see that it’s the disease, not the . . . → Read More: Blame the disease, not the person, when caregiving gets frustrating

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Skin (Pressure) Sores

American Cancer Society.  A guide for the caregiver of a cancer patient regarding how to recognize and prevent skin (pressure) sores, which are a common problem for elderly who are bedridden, for example, after surgery Read more….

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Adult Day Centers

a 12 page booklet, part of the “Since You Care” series by MetLife in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving.  Helpful information about Adult Day Care centers, types of centers, how to locate the right one, how to . . . → Read More: Adult Day Centers

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Eldercare at Home

From The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging, a Home Care Book to help the family caregiver solve caregiving problems that arise in caring for your elderly loved one at home. For each of a long list of potential . . . → Read More: Eldercare at Home

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There’s No Place Like Home—For Growing Old: Tips from the National Institute on Aging

National Institute On Aging, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 6 page PDF document, providing tips for the family caregiver on how to help your older relatives stay in their home. Includes information on: . . . → Read More: There’s No Place Like Home—For Growing Old: Tips from the National Institute on Aging

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Helpful hints: If Care is Needed at Home

From MetLife Mature Market Institute. Assess your family member’s needs, seek the advise of a professional if needed, selecting a care provider, make sure to check references, make sure the care provider is aware of any special care needs, . . . → Read More: Helpful hints: If Care is Needed at Home

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Hiring an Independent Caregiver

A 12 page booklet by MetLife in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving, above, under Selecting a Home Health Agency or Private Duty Aide…. Read more…

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Caregiver University: Working Successfully with Home Care Services

by Family Caregiver Alliance. Tips for the family caregiver on how to work with, monitor and manage home health care services, once contracted. »View Info

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5 Things you can do to prevent infection

Brochure by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Helpful tips for the family caregiver to be aware of and implement. In summary, these include: (1) Clean your hands with soap and warm water, (2) make sure health . . . → Read More: 5 Things you can do to prevent infection

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Emerging Trends in Medical Device Technology: Home Is Where the Heart Monitor Is

By Carol Lewis, for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA Consumer magazine “Medical devices, products and technologies are converging to revolutionize home- and self-care health systems in the United States, making it possible for people to play a . . . → Read More: Emerging Trends in Medical Device Technology: Home Is Where the Heart Monitor Is

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Evaluating Physicians Who Offer House Calls: A Guide for Patients and Families

By: Eric Baron, MD From American Academy of Home Care Physicians How to protect yourself and your family. Some questions to ask. How to recognize high-quality house call medical groups. Physicians and Medical Groups specializing in house calls have . . . → Read More: Evaluating Physicians Who Offer House Calls: A Guide for Patients and Families

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Patient Safety

From Medline Plus (a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health Tens of thousands of people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of lapses in patient safety Things you . . . → Read More: Patient Safety

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What is Adult Day Care?

From the Department of Health & Human Services (Eldercare Locator). Fact Sheet: What is adult day care? How do adult day care centers operate? Who can benefit from adult day care? What should I look for in an adult . . . → Read More: What is Adult Day Care?

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Older Consumers Safety Checklist

From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Among adults 65 years and older, falls and fires are two leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths. For a checklist on preventing falls and fire deaths and injuries… »View Info (pdf)

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Adult Day Care Centers: A Guide to Options and Selecting the Best Center for Your Needs

by HelpGuide.org. If you are caring for your elderly loved one at home, an adult day care center may provide an important resource, both for the stimulation and well-being of your elder and for needed respite for you. This . . . → Read More: Adult Day Care Centers: A Guide to Options and Selecting the Best Center for Your Needs

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So Far Away: Twenty Questions for Long-Distance Caregivers

By the National Institute on Aging, U.S. National Institutes of Health. A 48 page PDF document, providing answers to 20 key questions for long-distance caregivers, such as: How will I know if help is needed? What can I really . . . → Read More: So Far Away: Twenty Questions for Long-Distance Caregivers

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Caring From a Distance

Service Directories Where to get help Web and Phone-Based Helplines Eldercare Locator Geriatric Care Managers From Caring From a Distance (CFAD.org) »View Info

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Handbook for Long-Distance Caregivers

From Family Caregiver Alliance National Center on Caregiving: »View Info

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Long Distance Caregiving

a 20 page booklet, part of the “Since You Care” series by MetLife in cooperation with the National Alliance for Caregiving. Helpful information for long-distance caregivers. »View Info

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How Will I Know Mom and Dad are Okay? Staying “IN TOUCH” in Crisis Situations

A 6 page brochure by the Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as re-published by the Senior Information and Assistance Service of Pierce County, Washington. This brochure outlines how families can stay in touch with . . . → Read More: How Will I Know Mom and Dad are Okay? Staying “IN TOUCH” in Crisis Situations

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Home Safety Checklist

Home Safety 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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