Caregiving and Marriage: When a Spouse is Also a Caregiver, the Marriage Can Be Shaken to Its Roots

Serving as a caregiver for someone you love is one of the hardest things any of us will ever do. But when the caregiver is also the spouse, the experience is particularly devastating. This article just published by Kaiser Health News, written by columnist Judith Graham, shines a revealing spotlight on the pain of caring…

Home Health Care Reduces Hospital Readmission Rate for Seniors Recovering from Heart Failure, New Study Finds

Senior adults who spend time in the hospital are often send to a nursing home for rehabilitation. The assumption generally has been that, after a brief time of rehab, they’re ready to return home and resume independent living. But a just-released research report from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society proves that a lack…

The Challenge of Being a Dementia Caregiver: Eight Things No One Tells You About Caring for a Loved One with Dementia

We’ve said it many times before: there may be no tougher task than being a caregiver for a loved one suffering with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Being a dementia caregiver is an experience shared by more than 16 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, men and women who provide unpaid…

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Hospitals Start Planning for Discharge of Medicare Patients from the Time They’re Admitted – so Families Need to Plan, Too!

It’s an all too common scenario: an elderly loved one on Medicare is hospitalized, and the family expects the stay to last a certain length of time. Then suddenly, with little or no warning – and often days earlier than anticipated – the hospital tells the surprised family that the discharge date has been moved…

3 Million Seniors Use Medical Alert Devices – But a Test of 11 Models Found “Disturbing Deficiencies” That Can Put Seniors at Risk

Do you remember the television ads from the 1980s for a product called LifeAlert? It showed a woman on the floor yelling, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” These ads introduced millions of late-night television viewers to a whole new (at the time) product category: simple hand-held medical alert devices. Wear them around…

The Economy May Be Doing Okay, but Financial Pain Still Affects Many Americans, Especially Retirees

If you tried to evaluate how well the economy is doing simply by looking at the Dow Jones or the overall employment rate, you might conclude that everyone is happy and secure here in the USA. But if you consider individual households, the picture is considerably less clear, according to financial writer Richard Eisenberg. We…

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New York Times Report: The Burden of Caregiving is Reshaping the Lives of Millions, and Costing Billions in Lost Wages

Here on the AgingOptions blog, we’ve written before about the overwhelming burden being borne by the nation’s caregivers. Because this burden of caregiving affects so many aspects of our society, we feel this an important story to revisit from time to time. Chances are good that you and your family are impacted by this issue…

“Caring, Reassuring and Sensible” – We Revisit a Simple Idea to Help Comfort Your Loved Ones with Dementia

We love to run across news stories that show how the simplest of ideas can have a tremendous impact, and that’s how we felt some months back as we read this heart-warming article published earlier this year on the BBC News website.   We thought it would be a good article to bring back and share…

When Helping Others Who Are Dealing with Grief, Your Actions Can Speak Much Louder than Your Words

As we age, there’s one inevitable reality we all face: we have to contend with the loss of friends and loved ones. This frequently means walking the journey of grief alongside someone who has just lost a spouse, sibling, parent or friend. Even for pastors and others trained in how to deal with grief, helping…

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Attention, Caregivers: Compassion Fatigue is Real. Here Are Some Ways You Can Deal With It.

If you’re a caregiver, actively caring for a loved one with serious health issues, the symptoms may sound all too familiar. You find yourself feeling exhausted all the time. Sometimes you feel irritable, even losing your sense of sympathy for the person you’re helping. You may have experienced physical symptoms such as headaches or weight…