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Patient Engagement Improves Healthcare Outcomes and Lowers Cost, New Studies Find

February 4, 2013 Posted by Editor

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

January 24, 2013 Posted by Editor

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

November 26, 2012 Posted by Editor

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 . . . → Read More: At What Ages Do Baby Boomers Show Increased Interest in Health?

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National Family Caregivers Month Highlights the Crucial Role of Family Caregivers

November 13, 2012 Posted by Editor

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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Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

November 8, 2012 Posted by Editor

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 . . . → Read More: Planning Ahead for Long-Term Care

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

October 14, 2012 Posted by Editor

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

May 22, 2012 Posted by Editor

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 . . . → Read More: HHS Launches New Web-Based Tool to Measure Performance of Health Care System

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Obama Administration Releases New National Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s

May 16, 2012 Posted by Editor

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 . . . → Read More: Obama Administration Releases New National Plan to Fight Alzheimer’s

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

April 12, 2012 Posted by Editor

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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World Health Day April 7 Focuses on Healthy Aging

April 4, 2012 Posted by Editor

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 . . . → Read More: World Health Day April 7 Focuses on Healthy Aging

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New Survey Links Caregiver Stress to Unhealthy Behaviors & Chronic Disease

February 11, 2012 Posted by Editor

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 . . . → Read More: New Survey Links Caregiver Stress to Unhealthy Behaviors & Chronic Disease

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Happy Thanksgiving to You from HelpingYouCare™

November 24, 2011 Posted by Editor

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 . . . → Read More: Happy Thanksgiving to You from HelpingYouCare™

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Recognizing Family Caregivers: November is National Family Caregivers Month

November 5, 2011 Posted by Editor

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 . . . → Read More: Recognizing Family Caregivers: November is National Family Caregivers Month

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Americans Increasingly Find Health Information via Internet, CDC Reports

August 3, 2011 Posted by Editor

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

July 27, 2011 Posted by Editor

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, . . . → Read More: Women Bear Heaviest Burden of Alzheimer’s Worldwide, New Survey Shows

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

July 7, 2011 Posted by Editor

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

June 22, 2011 Posted by Editor

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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High-Tech Increasingly Used to Allow Seniors to Age in Place

June 18, 2011 Posted by Editor

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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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 . . . → Read More: What Would Help You Most as a Caregiver?

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

March 29, 2011 Posted by Editor

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

March 17, 2011 Posted by Editor

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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Statistics on Family Caregivers and Family Caregiving

January 2, 2011 Posted by Editor

“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 . . . → Read More: Statistics on Family Caregivers and Family Caregiving

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Training to Be a Family Caregiver

December 29, 2010 Posted by Editor

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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Growing Trend: Paying a Relative to Take Care of Mom

December 29, 2010 Posted by Editor

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 . . . → Read More: Growing Trend: Paying a Relative to Take Care of Mom

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Working Caregivers Face Wellbeing Challenges

December 15, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

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 . . . → Read More: Working Caregivers Face Wellbeing Challenges

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

December 14, 2010 Posted by Editor

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 . . . → Read More: Statistics on the Growing Senior Population in the U.S.

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Silver Tsunami: Burdens Weigh Heavy on the Sandwich Generation

November 30, 2010 Posted by Editor

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 . . . → Read More: Silver Tsunami: Burdens Weigh Heavy on the Sandwich Generation

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

November 30, 2010 Posted by Editor

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

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Heading Toward a Crisis in Geriatric Care?

November 28, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

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“Who are the Caregivers?

November 28, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

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 . . . → Read More: “Who are the Caregivers?

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

November 28, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

Parade Magazine, September 9, 2007 »View Info

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Becoming Parent of Your Parent,

November 28, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

USA Today Feb 1, 2008 »View Info

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Forget The Career. My Parents Need Me At Home

November 28, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

New York Times, NYT.com November 24, 2005 »View Info

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Elder Care Shifting Away From Nursing Homes

November 28, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

USA Today, Feb. 1, 2008 »View Info 

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Rise in Multi-Generational Households

November 28, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

USA Today, Feb. 1, 2008 »View Info

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

November 27, 2010 Posted by Senior Editor

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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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...

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 ...

Multitasking Does Not Work; If You Think You are Good at It, Your Personality May be Deceiving You, Study Suggests
January 24, 2013 Posted by Editor
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 University of...

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...

National Family Caregivers Month Highlights the Crucial Role of Family Caregivers
November 13, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 condition...

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...

Thank a Caregiver Week, Nov. 4-10, Sponsored by National Parkinson Foundation
October 14, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 some...

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...

The WHO Issues Wake-up Call: Dementia Cases Will Triple by 2050, More Family Caregiver Support Needed
April 12, 2012 Posted by Editor
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 pub...

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 ...

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...

Find and Compare Doctors
October 1, 2011 Posted by Editor
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 ...

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 ...

Study Finds Medical History Key to Correct Diagnosis
August 12, 2011 Posted by Editor
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 ...

Americans Increasingly Find Health Information via Internet, CDC Reports
August 3, 2011 Posted by Editor
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...

Updated Information on Prescription Drugs Provided by US Govt Websites
July 21, 2011 Posted by Editor
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 o...

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 ...

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