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Long-Term Care Service Providers In The United States (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

August 5th, 2014 | 1

Long-Term CareLong-term care defines a broad range of services that meet the needs of older adults with various functional limitations. These services are provided by paid, regulated providers, and include assistance with activities of daily living (dressing, bathing, toileting), instrumental activities of daily living (medication management, housework), and health maintenance tasks. Here, we report on various aspects of these long-term care service providers: their funding, their population profile, and the prevalence of morbidity in their facilities.

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Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones From Scam Artists Alzheimer's Association

July 23rd, 2014 | 0

Alzheimers AssociationThe FBI, AARP and many senior-focused healthcare organizations have warned that seniors and people suffering from dementia are prime scam targets. Scam artists look for people who may feel isolated and crave interaction. Elderly victims are often polite and trusting of strangers. Dementia impacts the cognitive abilities necessary to discern a stranger’s true motivations, making one vulnerable to being manipulated. A 2009 study by MetLife’s Mature Market Institute estimated that seniors lose approximately $2.6 billion every year due to financial abuse and scams.

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Nursing Home for Seniors that Need 24/7 Care – 10 Must Know Facts Christina Morales

July 22nd, 2014 | 0

nursing homes for seniors that need 24/7 careFinding the right nursing home is one of the hardest decisions that you will ever have to make. It takes every ounce of energy from your heart and mind to find a place that will care for your loved one with the courtesy, respect, skill, compassion, and quality that they deserve.

You also must take into account the financial resources that you have available and the level of health that your loved one is at. Put all of that together and finding that perfect home can seem like a daunting task.

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Need In Home Care for a Senior? 10 Tips to Find the Right Caregiver Christina Morales

July 17th, 2014 | 0

In Home Care

In home care for a senior is something many of us will have to contemplate either for ourselves a friend or a loved one. We have all seen news stories that tell the horrible things that can happen to the elderly when an unkind or greedy caregiver is hired. It’s enough to make you want to lock the front door and never let your loved one out of your sight. Fortunately, those instances are by far the extreme and not the norm. However, you undoubtedly want to ensure that your loved one gets the best in home care possible. Here are 10 tips for finding the right in home caregiver.

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Diet And Nutrition In Older Adults (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

July 16th, 2014 | 0

Diet And NutritionDiet and nutrition in older adults is crucial! In one of our previous infographics, we saw the detrimental effects of malnutrition in the elderly population. That has inspired this infographic, which focuses on the components of a good diet in the over-50 population. Healthy eating keeps your mind and body strong, and greatly improves overall health… So start eating right today!

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Elderly Depression – Warning Signs and Treatments to Know About Christina Morales

July 15th, 2014 | 1

Elderly depressionElderly depression is pervasive. About 6 million Americans aged 65 and older are burdened by depression. The passing of a spouse, physical impairments, retirement, relocation, or medication side effects are just a few of the causes. It is crucial to distinguish these warning signs so that you or your loved one can get the best care possible to overcome this disabling condition.

Warning Signs – There are many indications that depression is present. Here are the most common.

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Changes to Social Security Will Smooth Out the Process for Disability Benefits Recipients Paisley Hansen

July 11th, 2014 | 1

Changes to Social SecurityDuring the past year, there have been changes to Social Security that will affect current and future recipients of social security disability benefits. Many of those changes are administrative, and some may alter the process of applying for benefits. Still other changes are intended to improve the process of securing employment for persons with documented disabilities. To avoid unexpected interruptions in benefit payments and to learn about new resources available to them, all disability benefits recipients or their advocates are encouraged to read about these changes in detail.

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Senior Care Scorecard (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

July 7th, 2014 | 0

Senior Care Scorecard (INFOGRAPHIC)The Senior Care Scorecard aka “The Long Term Scorecard” is a collaborative study done by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Scan Foundation. Its results form multidimensional state scorecards on long-term services and supports for older adults, people with physical disabilities, and family caregivers. California has the 8th largest economy in the world–but you might be surprised how it measures up against the top states for Long Term Care.

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Andy Cohen of Caring.com, Our Featured Health Care Trailblazer Lara Baez

July 1st, 2014 | 0

Caring.com - Andy CohenCaring.com was founded in 2007, and quickly became a leading online destination for those seeking information and support as they are caring for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones.  On their site, they provide extensive information on various health conditions, advice on handling money issues, and tips on caregiver wellness. They also have caregiver support groups, a senior care option database, and personalized help from trained Family Advisors. I recently had the privilege of speaking with Caring.com President and CEO Andy Cohen to gain insight into the Caring.com mission, and find out the latest on their acquisition by Bankrate, a personal finance content aggregator and distributor.

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Keeping Seniors Active (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

June 18th, 2014 | 4

Keeping Seniors ActiveKeeping seniors active is often difficult. However, we can’t deny the fact that exercise is the key to healthy aging. Aside from preventing the side effects of being overweight, exercise can improve balance (preventing falls), and increase flexibility (keeping the body limber). Encourage any seniors you might know (no matter their age!) to stay active. Only 22% of seniors report regular physical activity and the average senior spends 17 minutes per day engaging in physical activity.

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