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Seniors with Dementia – A Help Guide for In Home Caregivers Christina Morales

September 4th, 2014 | 1

Seniors with Dementia

“In 2012, 15.4 million family and friends provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care to those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias — care valued at $216.4 billion, which is more than eight times the total sales of McDonald’s in 2011. Eighty percent of care provided to seniors with dementia is provided by unpaid caregivers,” reports the Alzheimer’s Association.

Paying someone to help with a loved one who has Alzheimer’s isn’t always an option in the early stages of the disease. Not only are the costs exorbitant, but there is something intimate and personal about caring for matters that involve a breakdown of the mental faculties. 

 

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Respite Care Services Needed for a Caregiver? 5 Things to Know Christina Morales

August 26th, 2014 | 0

Respite CareCaregivers tend to work long hours in mentally, physically, and emotionally demanding situations. Tending to a loved one who needs full time care undoubtedly takes its toll so respite care isn’t necessarily an option, but a much needed break to rejuvenate and refresh.

Respite care usually means that a senior is placed short term in a facility for some social time or to give their caregiver a break. It benefits both parties and should be an option that is seriously considered for their well-being.

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Need to Hire an In Home Care Agency? 10 Questions You Should Ask Them Christina Morales

August 12th, 2014 | 0

In Home Care

Many seniors want to stay in their family home for as long as possible (and can you blame them?). Home is a symbol of independence, a treasure trove full of beautiful memories, and provides the comfort and privacy that you just can’t find in a nursing home.

However, just because your loved one wants to live at home doesn’t mean that they can do it on their own. Many times in home care is needed and that in itself can be a difficult journey.

Assuming you hire through a home care agency, here are 10 questions that you should ask before your hire a home caregiver:

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Tax Credit Tips for Seniors: How to Claim Caregiver Tax Deductions Christina Morales

July 24th, 2014 | 0

Tax Credit TipsMedical bills can quickly add up, so it is important to know what financial breaks are available to you as a senior or as a caregiver to a senior. Are you making the most of the tax credits that you qualify for?

As a senior, there are a variety of medical expenses that can be claimed on your tax return for either tax deductions or credits: dental work, transportation to various doctors’ appointments, health insurance premiums, and long-term care costs should all be reported to your tax preparer.

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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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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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Alzheimers Caregiving – There’s An App For That Alzheimer's Association

July 9th, 2014 | 1

Alzheimers CaregivingAlzheimers Caregiving is very important and there are hundreds of applications available to help both those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease as well as their caregiving community. The trick is to wade through them all! But help is on the way. Here’s a list of some apps that have either received high ratings from users, or have been positively referenced on Alzheimer’s or other caregiving-focused sites. We haven’t personally evaluated any of these, nor can we formally recommend them.  Many are free, however, so worth exploring. Some will be more appropriate in certain stages of the disease. Most are available on the iPad; all are available through the iTunes apps store.

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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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Expert Opinion Interview: A Conversation with Dan Trigub Lara Baez

June 12th, 2014 | 0

Dan TrigubOpenPlacement co-founder Dan Trigub sat down with Steve Monroe from Irving Levin Associates on Monday to discuss the company’s progress. Irving Levin Associates specialize in publishing business intelligence on merging and acquisitions, and finance in healthcare and senior housing. 

Dan gives an overview of the OpenPlacement concept, describes the benefits of subscribing, and poses OpenPlacement’s advantages over its competitors. He also expands on OpenPlacement’s exciting future, including intentions to expand to the South and to the East Coast.

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Malnutrition In The Elderly Population (INFOGRAPHIC) Lara Baez

June 4th, 2014 | 3

Malnutrition InfographicMalnutrition is a widespread and largely preventable issue for America’s elderly population. It can be found in care facilities, hospitals, and independent living alike. With over 15% of the elderly population facing the threat of hunger, we need to raise awareness by spreading the word about the issue, and do what we can to reduce its reach.

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