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Article: Financial Tips for Senior Care

This article by Bankrate offers some excellent information for adult caregivers facing financial obligations for aging parents: …fortunately you may not have to face these short-term difficulties on your own. Adult children have several options for financing senior care…. For the rest of the article, go HERE  

“Elder Orphans”

The New York Times featured this article on reliable options for people who are single and childless—“Elder Orphans”—as they reach the phase of life where they need some level of monitored care. Some are forming surrogate networks of younger adults (friends, neighbors) who can keep an eye on health, unexpected emergencies and offering overall peace

FYI: New Medicare ID Cards

Important update: Starting in April new Medicare ID Cards will be distributed without social security numbers as a security measure, the Montgomery News reports. The cards will issue a random 11-digit number/letter code. Benefits will remain unchanged. See details at this link  

Silver Tsunami: Significant Milestone

The Wall Street Journal featured an article with a sobering statistic on the aging population, which is projected to surpass the number of children in the US by 2035. A “first in history” according to the Census Bureau, this data validates the “silver tsunami” caregivers and medical professionals will be challenged with in the next

Depression + Aging Population

Affecting nearly 15 million in the United States, and 350 million worldwide according to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is a mental disorder that can range in severity as seen in conditions such as: Major Depression; Bi-Polar disorder; Manic Depressive illness; and others. This article examines the prevalence of depression among the aging population

November: Home Care + Hospice Month

Thank You Caregivers! In acknowledgment of National Home Care + Hospice Month, today, 11/13, is also recognized as Caregiver Appreciation Day. Among the elder demographic who require some form of care, more people are opting to stay at home, whether through the assistance of a family member or hired professional. Familiarity with surroundings and a sense

National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Here are a few key statistics listed on Alz.org: Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. with over five million Americans living with the disease. Every 66 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s One in three seniors die from Alzheimer’s or other dementia Almost 2/3 of people

Article: Stressed Out Caregivers are Using ER Visits for Respite

Take a look at this very revealing article from Social Work Helper that reports an increase of care givers turning to emergency rooms as a reprieve from their daily responsibilities: Emergency room staff call it a “pop drop” – when a disabled older person comes in for medical attention, but it seems like the person

The Value Added of Social Workers

  From the Social Work p.r.n. Blog: Social workers are all about value added. The profession, as a whole, has been instrumental in improving the lives of our citizens for as long as social work has existed. On occasion, however, we are reminded of just how much value social workers add — particularly when social

Consumer Reports: Elder Care + Assisted Living

  This recent article from Consumer Reports offers some valuable information about consumers and the current landscape of assisted living regarding costs (by state), level of satisfaction, and challenges with finding high-quality services.

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