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A Call to Nurses: Family Caregivers Need You

Gallup public opinion surveys consistently show that nursing is the most trustworthy profession in America. This recognition comes with a responsibility - to help people manage their health conditions with the confidence that they can do it. Nurses who care for patients in hospitals have a critical role in teaching them how to take care of themselves after they leave. Many of these patients will not be able to do everything on their own.  They will rely on caregivers  - spouses, …

The Family Caregiver’s Job Description: Add Nursing Care to the List

Daily activities completed by family caregivers has been often grouped by task – a job description of sorts. Tasks such as bathing and dressing, helping with eating, moving around or toileting are called Activities of Daily Living, or ADLs for short. Shopping, cooking, managing finances or providing transportation are referred to as assisting with Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADLs.) Now we know that almost half of family caregivers are doing all of these things and more.  They are doing things that …

The Art of Care

Balancing care for a loved one with medical professionals, residential staff or home health employees can get complicated quickly.  Defining your role as a care partner can be difficult. How do you let go and trust “those professionals”? How do you know who should take the lead and when? I’ve cared for my mother with dementia over 30 years and my father with brain cancer for 4 ½ years. During this period, I found myself standing at a crossroads several …

When Google Met von Furstenberg

When iconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, 65, met Google’s Sergey Brin at a conference and learned of the Glass by Google eyewear his company designed, it was collaboration at first sight. Von Furstenberg didn’t question if a promotional partnership between a fashion brand and Internet company would work. So she inked a deal that allowed her Spring/Summer 2013 creative process to be taped via the glasses and edited into a short film called DVF Through Glass. The glasses, which …

Who’s Looking At Your Facebook Photos?

Facebook photo albums are public by default. Learn how to check your albums’ privacy settings.

Your Right. Your Decision. Your Vote. (Florida)

Having a hard time cutting through the campaign clutter this election? AARP is here to help you choose the candidates that best reflect their views and values. We’ve created a voters’ guide in Florida’s Senate race which has the candidates’ positions in their own words, on issues like Social Security, the economy and the deficit. Before you vote on November 2nd, please go here to create a sample ballot you can take with you to the polls. The Sunshine State’s …