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Addressing Time Limitations, Competing Demands, and Cultural Barriers When Trying to Integrate Family Caregivers into Health Care Teams

Integrating family caregivers into the formal care team is a worthwhile goal, offering benefits for care recipients, family caregivers, and professional health care providers. ...
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Exploring, and Clearing, Two Prominent Barriers to Effective Family Caregiver Integration

Despite the benefits of integrating family caregivers into the formal care team, which was discussed in detail in a previous post, there are several barriers that make family ...
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It’s Time to Integrate Family Caregivers Into the Health Care Team

There are 53 million family caregivers in the United States today. These individuals provide critical support and care for older adults and relatives with disabilities. With ...
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This Year Is Different: National Family Caregivers Month Takes on New Meaning in the Era of Coronavirus

2020 is the year everything changed. It has been a year when we witnessed the disintegration of normalcy as COVID-19 upended every facet of our lives, all while our country ...
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32 tips for caring with a depressed parent

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Two Sisters, a Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis, and The Louisiana State Caregiver Support Program That Helps Them Live Happily at Home

Donna and Jennifer, sisters, are incredibly close. Donna has played a major role in helping Jennifer, who has cerebral palsy, since they were teenagers. Donna knows what her ...
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What is Lewy Body Dementia? Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment Options

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Why does my loved one with Alzheimer’s get aggressive? Tips for dealing with Alzheimer’s Aggression

Alzheimer’s disease is certainly one of the most challenging health conditions to manage. Of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S., Alzheimer's is the only one that cannot be ...
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Years in the making: What it means to be awarded NCQA accreditation, again

I’m honored to share Seniorlink’s Caregiver Homes Network has received Case Management Accreditation with LTSS Distinction for the second time by the National Committee for ...
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Feeling stressed, overwhelmed or anxious? How to handle caregiver burnout

Caregiving isn’t an easy job, taking both a physical and emotional toll on those who are caring for an aging or disabled friend or loved one. Caregivers often experience stress ...
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The 30 most important things for caregivers to keep in mind when receiving remote care

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Tips to make downsizing for seniors easier (& a helpful checklist)

Whether your loved one is downsizing to a smaller, more manageable home or apartment to enjoy their golden years or moving to a senior living community, the downsizing process ...
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Reflections on my Dad

The earliest memories I have of my dad are of him practicing his golf swing in front of a mirror. It was a beautiful golf swing, perfected through hours upon hours of ...
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Seniorlink’s Commitment to Inclusion

 “It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” – The Dalai Lama
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Senior Scams: How to keep your family member from falling victim

Senior citizens are increasingly targeted for scams, and scammers are finding ever more clever ways to trick older adults into falling victim. Scams take a variety of forms and ...
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Why caregivers need respite care and how they can take advantage

More than 54 million people provide unpaid care to an aging or disabled loved one.  For primary caregivers, the physical, emotional, and financial toll can lead to caregiver ...
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The best immune system booster tips for seniors

The immune system is the body’s first line of defense against viruses and infections, but the aging process can weaken the immune system, especially during the COVID-19 ...
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How to communicate with your aging parents about their health (and get them to listen)

For adults with aging parents, the time often comes where you must discuss their future plans with them. Some of the common topics involve making decisions about money, health, ...
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6 Benefits of Swimming for Seniors

Swimming is a fun way to pass time in the summer, but it’s also a terrific way for seniors and caregivers to stay in shape. Swimming is a low-impact sport, which is great for ...
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Tips for Finding the Best Home Delivery Services for Seniors and Caregivers

Being a caregiver is a tough job – but that doesn’t mean there isn’t help available. There are respite services, special funding for caregivers, and several options in the way ...
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I’m a registered nurse by day, and my Veteran father’s caregiver by night. This is what it feels like to always be on call

Yvonne Quinones-Reyes is a registered nurse at Seniorlink based in Merrillville, Indiana. Outside of work she cares for her father, Ivan Quinones, 72, a Vietnam War veteran ...
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How to Become a Paid Caregiver for a Family Member: 6 Steps to Uncovering Financial Assistance Options for Family Caregivers

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Caregiver Burden Tips: Expert Advice for Recognizing & Combating Caregiver Stress

Caring for an elder or a loved one with disabilities is a position many caregivers simply "find themselves" in. Often they have not made a formal decision to become a caregiver ...
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What is Telemedicine? Telemedicine Definition & Benefits in a Post Coronavirus World

The world is in crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, and for seniors, people who have disabilities , and family caregivers, it’s an especially trying time. Many older adults ...
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What is Telehealth? Telehealth Definition & Best Practices in a Post Coronavirus World

During the coronavirus pandemic, many state governments have issued mandatory stay-at-home orders, asking residents to remain at home and to practice social distancing. The ...
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