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Sally Abrahms is a long-time contributor to AARP with both a personal and professional interest in caregiving. For the last 12 years, she cared for her father, then her mother and now her mother-in-law. She covers aging and boomers and has written for TIME, Newsweek, the New York Times, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

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Advance Planning for Eldercare Saves Money, A New Study Shows

Posted on 10/31/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingWhen it comes to planning for long-term care, the early bird does get the worm, according to a new  study: The report shows that families who anticipate their needs can save close to $11,000 a year in out of pocket expenses by planning in advance instead of waiting until a crisis. >> Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter What’s more, 38 percent of family caregivers and 35 percent of care recipients in the study, commissioned by the insurance company Genworth …

Does Caregiving Help You Live Longer?

Posted on 10/16/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingIf you’ve heard that being a family caregiver can diminish your life expectancy, the results of a new report from Johns Hopkins University should make you relax. It turns out that caring for a chronically ill or disabled family member can, in fact, extend a caregiver’s life. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter The recent research showed that caregivers live an average of nine months longer than non-caregivers. Researchers took participants from a pool of 30,000 in a National Institutes of Health …

Traveling With Frail Parents: A Tour Company Makes It Easy

Posted on 10/11/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWhen my parents were frail and I was a family caregiver, I had no idea that there was a way I could have taken a trip with them. Beyond a trip to the doctor, that is! If we had gone on a vacation together,  I would have wanted time to myself or with my husband doing activities that were too arduous for them. I know, though, that I would have felt selfish and/or too exhausted to enjoy the trip. I recently …

Who Cares? Boomers Don’t Want to Live With Their Adult Kids, Either

Posted on 10/2/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingGuess what Millennials? Your boomer parents aren’t dying to move in with you if they need care in retirement. That’s one of the takeaways of a new study. (With three young adult children, that’s what first caught my eye!) Bankers Life and Casualty Company’s Center for a Secure Retirement surveyed 1,299 Americans ages 49-67 (boomers) with an annual income of $25,000-$75,000 to find out their views on their future as recipients of care. In the study, boomers say that in the past …

Senior Centers, Part II: Line Dancing at Age 93

Posted on 09/23/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingVideo courtesy Microsoft/IN2L/Selfhelp You might have missed a piece I wrote earlier this month about senior centers’ efforts to woo baby boomers. (At 78 million-strong, this demographic is a membership director’s dream.) To attract the Forever Young Generation, some centers are dropping “senior” from their name and serving up hip offerings such as wine tastings, dating and divorce workshops and Pilates. Programming for what are considered traditional, older attendees is also changing. (It’s Senior Center Month, so I’m giving equal time to …

2013 World Alzheimer Report Released

Posted on 09/19/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingMore than 35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s, with the number projected to double by 2030 and triple to 115 million by 2050.That’s why experts from around the globe are working together for better Alzheimer’s care and support for families. Their collective effort is evident in a report released today by Alzheimer’s Disease International, a group  of 79 Alzheimer’s associations. The annual report makes policy recommendations. Here are the highlights: Countries must develop National Dementia Plans to structure and fund …