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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 and … Continue reading

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Multitasking Does Not Work; If You Think You are Good at It, Your Personality May be Deceiving You, Study Suggests

A new study published January 23 in the medical journal PLOS One has found that whether you engage in multitasking has more to do with your personality than your actual ability to multitask. The study, conducted by researchers at the … Continue reading

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At What Ages Do Baby Boomers Show Increased Interest in Health?

A new study conducted by researchers at Ohio State University has found that Baby Boomers show increasing interest in their health in their early 50′s and around age 65. The peak interest in health issues for Baby Boomers comes at … Continue reading

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National Family Caregivers Month Highlights the Crucial Role of Family Caregivers

President Barack Obama has proclaimed November as National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and appreciate family caregivers and shine a light on the crucial role they play in caring for our nation’s seniors and those with chronic conditions. … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

November has been designated as Long-Term Care Awareness Month. As part of this observance, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued a release yesterday, containing useful information on long-term care for seniors and their family caregivers. The release … Continue reading

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Thank a Caregiver Week, Nov. 4-10, Sponsored by National Parkinson Foundation

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has announced that, as part of observing National Family Caregivers Month in November, it will for the first time sponsor Thank a Caregiver Week during the week of November 4 through 10, 2012. “Caring for … Continue reading

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HHS Launches New Web-Based Tool to Measure Performance of Health Care System

In a news release issued May 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced the launch of the Health System Measurement Project, a new web-based tool which will allow policymakers, providers, and the public to measure … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Releases New National Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s

On May 15, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius released the final version of the first comprehensive National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, which has been under development pursuant to the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) … Continue reading

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The WHO Issues Wake-up Call: Dementia Cases Will Triple by 2050, More Family Caregiver Support Needed

The World Health Organization (WHO) on April 11 issued a substantial new report showing that, with populations aging, cases of dementia are expected to more than triple worldwide by 2050. The report calls upon nations to address this pandemic-size public … Continue reading

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World Health Day April 7 Focuses on Healthy Aging

April 7, 2012 is World Health Day, an annual event sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations. The theme of this year’s event is “Ageing and health: Good health … Continue reading

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New Survey Links Caregiver Stress to Unhealthy Behaviors & Chronic Disease

The American Psychological Association (APA) has released the updated results of its latest Stress in America™ survey. “Data from the latest Stress in America survey suggest that the concern about stress and health is especially critical among adults 50 and … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving to You from HelpingYouCare™

As we give thanks for our Blessings this Thanksgiving, let us all remember in gratitude our family members and especially our senior loved ones and the love, sacrifice and many contributions they have given toward bettering the lives of those … Continue reading

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Recognizing Family Caregivers: November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize and honor family caregivers in America, as proclaimed in a Presidential Proclamation signed by President Barack Obama on November 1, 2011. November has been set aside as a time to … Continue reading

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Americans Increasingly Find Health Information via Internet, CDC Reports

Sixty-one percent of all U.S. adults have used the Internet to look for health or medical information, and adult women, non-hispanic whites, and employed adults with higher incomes are among the most frequent users, according to a Data Brief published … Continue reading

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Women Bear Heaviest Burden of Alzheimer’s Worldwide, New Survey Shows

A new survey presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2011 (AAIC) in Paris and administered by the Harvard School of Public Health, showed the disproportionate impact that Alzheimer’s Disease has on women in five countries — France, Germany, Spain, … Continue reading

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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 of … Continue reading

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Caring for Parents Costs Americans $3 Trillion in Lost Wages, Pension & Social Security Benefits, as Percent of Family Caregivers Triples

A significant new study has found that the percent of adult children caring for their aging parents has tripled in the last 15 years, and that providing this care costs the caregivers $3 Trillion in lost wages, pension, and Social … Continue reading

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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 homes. … Continue reading

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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 world’s … Continue reading

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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 homes, … Continue reading

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Nearly 15 Million Americans Are Now Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease – A Number Rapidly Growing

Nearly 15 million Americans are now caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, an increase of 37 percent over the number at this time last year, according to a significant new report released by … Continue reading

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Statistics on Family Caregivers and Family Caregiving

“More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year and spend an average of 20 hours per week providing care for their … Continue reading

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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 sports, … Continue reading

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Growing Trend: Paying a Relative to Take Care of Mom

Read more in WSJ.com about a growing trend for families to compensate adult children or relatives who serve as caregivers to elders.  This trend may be fueled by a recognition of the financial sacrifices that family caregivers often make — frequently finding it necessary … Continue reading

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Working Caregivers Face Wellbeing Challenges

According to the recent findings of a large, ongoing Gallup Research Poll, in the U.S., working caregivers face significantly higher challenges to their wellbeing than workers who do not shoulder caregiving duties. Among other surprising findings, the study found that … Continue reading

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Statistics on the Growing Senior Population in the U.S.

According to U.S. Census Bureau projections, a substantial increase in the number of older people will occur during the period from 2010 to 2030, after the first Baby Boomers turn 65 in 2011. “The older population in 2030 is projected … Continue reading

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Silver Tsunami: Burdens Weigh Heavy on the Sandwich Generation

Baby boomers increasingly find themselves in the sandwich generation — caring for elderly parents and for children at the same time.  Some estimates conclude that about 20 million Boomers find themselves in this dual caregiving role.  A study by the Pew Research Center in … Continue reading

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More than 52 Million Americans & Over 22.4 Million U.S. Households are Caring for Elderly Loved Ones

Statistics indicate that more than 52 million Americans and over 22.4 million U.S. households are now caring for elderly parents, spouses or other loved ones. These numbers are reported in the “FACT SHEET: Side-by-Side Comparison of Family Caregiver Prevalence Studies,” … Continue reading

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Heading Toward a Crisis in Geriatric Care?

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“Who are the Caregivers?

FCA: Women and Caregiving: Facts and Figures, by Family Caregiver Alliance. Confirms that women are the major caregivers in the U.S. Cites findings that the value of the informal care that women provide ranges from $148 billion to $188 billion … Continue reading

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»View Info How Can We Help Our Nation’s Caregivers

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Becoming Parent of Your Parent,

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Forget The Career. My Parents Need Me At Home

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Elder Care Shifting Away From Nursing Homes

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Rise in Multi-Generational Households

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FACT SHEET: Side-by-Side Comparison of Family Caregiver Prevalence Studies

by the National Family Caregiver Alliance. Contains a useful chart setting forth a comparison of the data of the most commonly referenced caregiver prevalence studies. »View Info

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