Burglars Beware: A Grannycam Might Be Watching You

  Burglars, take note: These days, you never know who might be watching you. With home video camera systems cheaper than ever, buyers increasingly are looking to them as a way of keeping watch on the youngest and oldest members of their households. And the nannycams and grannycams are catching home-invading criminals in the act. Last month, for example, a nannycam recorded an attacker breaking into a house in Millburn, N.J., and savagely beating a woman in front of her …

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 7 Ways You Can Help

It’s easy to miss elder abuse. Austin, Texas. Mid-1980s. I’m sitting at lunch with a casual friend, who is living with and taking care of her mom. Mom is slack-jawed, with a vacant stare, but she knows what she wants: her portion, and more, of the french fries she’s sharing with her daughter. As mom reaches for one more fry, my friend’s hand flashes out, spearing her mom’s hand with a fork. Mom’s reaction is much quieter than it should …

Family Affairs: Do Your Kids a Favor

This is a guest post by Bart Astor. The other day I saw an ad with the headline, “Do your kids a favor.” It went on to say, “You checked for monsters under her bed, sent her to the best school, and helped her buy her first car. Now, do her one more favor.” That favor involves making plans in advance and communicating your wishes to your children. The ad, for a funeral home, takes a subject people don’t like …

Infographic: Caregiving in America

In the United States alone, 43.5 million Americans are caregivers. Although they do it out of love and obligation, it can pose many challenges for those that provide such care. See graphic below for details on caregiving in the US.     Find out more about caregiving research from AARP: More information on caregivers can be found in AARP’s recent Member Opinion Survey Valuing the Invaluable:  2011 Update – The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving A Call to …

Family Caregiving: You’re Not Alone

If we’re looking for something to unite Americans, family caregiving might be it. Every time I talk to a group of people, I ask how many of them are taking care of an aging or ill family member. At least half the hands go up, and usually it’s closer to two-thirds. More than one in five middle-aged or older people are family caregivers, typically for a parent, but it could just as easily be for a spouse or a sibling. …

Dangerous Caregivers: Few Agencies Screen Workers

The person you hire from an agency to take care of your ailing, aging family member — shouldn’t that caregiver have passed a federal background check? Or drug testing? Or be screened for skills and training? Unfortunately, the chances are the agency did none of those things. A troubling new national study finds that nearly half of the agencies that send caregivers to help vulnerable seniors do a poor job of recruiting, screening, testing and training the caregivers they hire. …