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Dealing with Stubbornness in Aging Parents with Dementia

Caring for aging parents gives adult children peace of mind to know they are providing loving care. It also allows for them to make more memories and spend more time with parents ...
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The Dangers of Hypertension: How to Recognize and Respond to a High Blood Pressure Emergency

  "Blood pressure" is the medical term for the amount of force exerted by circulating blood against the walls of arteries. It's normal for blood pressure to rise and fall ...
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How to Help an Aging Loved One Through a Mental Health Decline

  Mental health difficulties can impact anyone at any time of life, but older adults on average tend to be more vulnerable to depression and other mental illnesses. According to ...
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The Best Brain Games for Older Adults

If you spend a lot of time with an aging loved one, you may notice them becoming a bit more forgetful or misplacing things. While frequent forgetfulness or severe memory loss may ...
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6 Great Games and Toys for People with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  If you’re caring for a child or adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it’s likely you’ve watched them deal with some level of hyper- or hypo-sensitivity to their ...
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Defining and Classifying Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide for Caregivers

  Until 2013, autism was treated under a handful of labels, such as Asperger’s Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder, which are no longer in use. It was the publication of ...
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6 Strategies to Care for Someone with a Traumatic Brain Injury

  Approximately 3.5 million people in the U.S. are living with a disability due to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, ...
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Understanding the 4 Types of Multiple Sclerosis: How They Differ and What Symptoms They Have in Common

  Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic degenerative disease affecting nearly 1 million people in the U.S. It occurs when the immune system attacks and damages the central nervous ...
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Developing, Testing, and Improving Technology Access for Family Caregivers

Software technology has become an important driver of change in every industry, and healthcare is no exception. Modern software can be found in everything from diagnostic and ...
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Healthcare Proxy: What it is, Why it Matters, and What it Should Include

When caring for a loved one, advanced planning is key. This holds especially true when medical needs become complex to the point where the person you care for is incapable of ...
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What is Age-Related Macular Degeneration? A Look at Different Types, Symptoms, and Risk Factors

  February is Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness month. AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 50 and the disease is very common among older adults, ...
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7 Engaging Recreational Therapy Activities for Older Adults To Do At Home

  The American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) defines recreational therapy as “a systematic process that utilizes recreation and other activity-based interventions to ...
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Understanding Appendix K: A Guide for Family Caregivers

Family caregivers are facing new and difficult challenges in caring for loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are taking on the role for the first time as concerns over ...
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Encouraging Family Caregivers to Self-Identify as Caregivers

There is clear evidence of the value that family caregivers can bring to achieving improved health outcomes for their loved ones when family members are integrated with ...
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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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