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How to Determine if Your Aging or Elderly Parents Need Help

Most adult children of aging or elderly parents don’t want to think about their parents’ health declining to the point at which they can no longer safely care for themselves. ...
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The Best Dementia Books: 50 Essential Reads for Anyone Coping with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, you likely have countless questions. Family members of dementia patients want as much information ...
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Protecting Yourself if a Relationship Turns Abusive

Doug, age 75, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease three years ago. His wife, Sandy, died after a valiant battle with breast cancer a year after his diagnosis. Since then, ...
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New to MS Caregiving? Here's Help.

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease with many faces, and though there are effective medications available to treat it, people with MS often need help. If ...
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How to Seize a Self-Care Opportunity

Remember when you or a loved one was pregnant and your due date was approaching? If you were like me, you wondered where you would be when the contractions started or your ...
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Life After Caregiving: Finding Your New Normal

With my eyes still closed, the sleep fog begins to lift and the fact that it’s Saturday creeps into my awareness. Saturdays are the days I make the three-hour drive to visit my ...
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What is the Older Americans Act? How the Older Americans Act Works, Coverage Provided, and Benefits to Older Adults

Definition of The Older Americans Act The Older Americans Act is a piece of Federal legislation that provides a number of different home and community-based social support ...
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CAREGIVING 101: WHAT IS DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY

  A durable power of attorney, or DPOA, is a legal document designed to protect aging parents’ independence and decision-making, while also simplifying the eventual transition ...
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Is Your Loved One Depressed? Are you?

Depression. We see the term everywhere, but often miss it when it’s staring us right in the face. It’s easily misunderstood and misdiagnosed. People who suffer from depression ...
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Dementia Caregiving at the End of Life - Finding Comfort in Planning Ahead

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How to Cope with Personality Changes in a Loved One

This post identifies some possible causes for behavior and mental health changes in your caree, and offers suggestions on ways to cope that can actually help both of you.
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The Selflessness of Self-Care

  A math question for you about care: if you are a family caregiver to one person, how many people do you care for? If you answered two, you can stop reading. If you answered ...
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Dementia Caregiving: I told you that yesterday! Remember?

  Karen called her mom, Mary, from the car to let her know she would be there in 5 minutes and would pick her up out front.Mary said, “You are coming here? Are we going ...
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Is a family caregiver liable for his mother's debt after her death?

Say you're the primary family member who has taken care of a parent or spouse for the last several years. When they die, will you get stuck with their bills?
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8 Tips for Caregivers Who Assist a Family Member with Multiple Sclerosis

When I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 10 years ago, my husband became my primary caregiver, a job that consumes enormous energy and has increasingly challenged his ...
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Financial Support for Caregivers: The Ultimate Guide to Home Care Costs, Financial Aid, and Financial Planning for Caregivers

Providing care for an aging loved one or a person with disabilities is challenging but also rewarding. Caregivers have the chance to ensure their loved one's quality of life is ...
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What is a Caregiver Affidavit?

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Top Tools for Caregivers: 43 Blogs, Tech Systems and Medication Management Tools to Simplify Your Life

Caregivers often are unpaid relatives or spouses of people who need assistance with activities of daily living and medical tasks. As more Americans choose to age at home, they ...
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Lupus 101 for Caregivers

"I'm sorry, but after running some tests, we've discovered your son has lupus."
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What It Takes to Care for a Family Member with ALS

We all wish we had known him longer.
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Caregiver Tip: Help Your Loved One Get Social Security Disability Benefits Quickly if Facing a Fatal Illness

The Social Security Administration has an important but little known program for people diagnosed with severe and life-threatening medical conditions that allows “quick starts" ...
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What is Adult Foster Care?

A Definition of Adult Foster Care
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A Legal Checklist for Caregivers

If you are the family caregiver for your mom, dad or Aunt Molly, your job doesn't stop at making sure they take their medicine and that their home is free of clutter to prevent ...
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