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The Family Caregiver as Care Manager – A Crucial Role

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

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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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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 . . . → Read More: National Family Caregivers Month Highlights the Crucial Role of Family Caregivers

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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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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 . . . → Read More: Thank a Caregiver Week, Nov. 4-10, Sponsored by National Parkinson Foundation

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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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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-Certified nursing homes . . . → Read More: Medicare Announces Updated Hospital Compare & Nursing Home Compare Sites

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

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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 . . . → Read More: Electronic Health Records Can Relieve Caregiver Stress; A Caregiver Tells Her Story

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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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Find and Compare Doctors

Visit Medicare.gov’s Physician Compare tool to find and compare doctors and other health care professionals: by geographic location (zip code or city and state); and by specialty You can also search for a health care professional by last name, . . . → Read More: Find and Compare Doctors

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

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

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Study Finds Medical History Key to Correct Diagnosis

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

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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 . . . → Read More: Americans Increasingly Find Health Information via Internet, CDC Reports

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Updated Information on Prescription Drugs Provided by US Govt Websites

The U.S. Government’s official web portal, USA.gov, indicates that as of July 20, 2011, updated information has been added to several government websites providing information and resources on prescription medications, drug interactions, and coverage of prescription drug costs. Many . . . → Read More: Updated Information on Prescription Drugs Provided by US Govt Websites

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Hurricane Preparedness For Seniors and Caregivers

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

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

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

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

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Prevent Falls by Older Adults

The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that fall-related injuries are responsible for about two million visits to hospital emergency departments per year, according to a May 12, 2011 HealthBeat report issued by the U.S. Department of . . . → Read More: Prevent Falls by Older Adults

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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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Study Finds Common Alzheimer's Drug Not Effective To Treat Early to Moderate Alzheimer's

Attention caregivers for patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease: A new study published in the Archives of Neurology found that memantine, a drug commonly prescribed (under the brand name Namenda) for Alzheimer’s patients, was not effective to treat . . . → Read More: Study Finds Common Alzheimer’s Drug Not Effective To Treat Early to Moderate Alzheimer’s

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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 . . . → Read More: Nearly 15 Million Americans Are Now Caring for Someone With Alzheimer’s Disease – A Number Rapidly Growing

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Lack of transition training confronts family caregivers

USA Today, May 19, 2008 »View Info

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Study Finds Care Improves with Better Coordination and Communication between Family Caregivers and Medical Providers

Health Care Management Review, 32(2):1–10, April–June 2007, »View Info

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“Integration of Caregivers in the Health System: The Guided Care Intervention,”

by Jennifer Wolff, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Reports on the proposal for “Guided Care” being tested by Johns Hopkins University Medical Center. Under this approach, a “guided care nurse” . . . → Read More: “Integration of Caregivers in the Health System: The Guided Care Intervention,”

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Guided Care; A New Frontier for Adults With Chronic Conditions

Journal of Professional Case Management, Vol. 13, No. 3, 151–158, 2008, Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Discusses the need for and promotes the establishment of “Guided Care.” This would mean assigning a nurse to serve as . . . → Read More: Guided Care; A New Frontier for Adults With Chronic Conditions

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See Johns Hopkins University Medical Center’s website dedicated to developing its “Guided Care” program

This site is a good resource in understanding the need to better coordinate and manage medical care, which has given rise to Johns Hopkins’ proposal for “Guided Care Nurses.” However, since Medicare does not yet pay for the services . . . → Read More: See Johns Hopkins University Medical Center’s website dedicated to developing its “Guided Care” program

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The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, Inc. (NAPGCM)

can help you find a Geriatric Care Manager to coordinate your elderly loved one’s care. This may be very helpful and possibly necessary – especially if you live a long distance away. The NAPGCM’s website provides information to help . . . → Read More: The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, Inc. (NAPGCM)

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