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EIGHT TIPS FOR NEW CAREGIVERS

Caregiving is a demanding role requiring an abundance of patience, compassion and self-care. Here is some advice people who’ve had some experience with caregiving offer to those who are starting in the role:

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Staying Financially Independent as You Age

A longer life translates to needing more money to carry one through, especially if Medicaid and Social Security funds dwindle.

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US Census - More Seniors Are Living With Disabilities; Fewer In Nursing Homes

The report found that in 2010, there were 40.3 million people aged 65 and older. The percentage of our population aged 65 and older has increased from only 4 percent in the year 1900 to 13 percent today, and is projected to rise to more than 20 percent by the year 2050.

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U.S. Alzheimer’s Rate Is Declining

Landmark research shows it may be time to toast a green smoothie to lowering Alzheimer’s disease in the United States.

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Family Caregivers Share Advice; Study Reveals Why Mental Exercise Is Important

These and other stories are in the January edition of the Caring Right at Home e-newsletter, providing information, advice and support for adult caregiving.

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Getting Along With Family After A Parent Dies

As typical in many families after a parent dies, Dad or Mom, or both, proved the glue that bonded everyone else in the immediate and extended family together. If your parent was ill before death, chances are you and your siblings poured yourselves into caregiving and frequent communication, but now find yourselves drifting apart. Without the patriarchal or matriarchal captain of the family, navigating family relationship dynamics can feel like floundering in unchartered waters.

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MENTAL EXERCISE HELPS THE BRAIN “WORK AROUND” THE DAMAGE OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Surveys show that when people think about their later years, their top concern is about how they will age mentally. Will their memory and thinking remain sharp? Will they develop Alzheimer’s disease or a related condition?

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Managing Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a serious eye disease that can lead to blindness, but if detected early, those who have been diagnosed with glaucoma usually respond well to treatment.

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TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT HOME BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORS AND DRUGSTORE KIOSKS

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the most common of all chronic conditions. Almost a third of all Americans have high blood pressure, and it becomes more common as we grow older.

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Is Grandma More Than Grumpy?

A nursing study by Case Western Reserve University reports that grandmothers who take care of their grandchildren full time are more apt to be stressed and depressed.

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