More Workplaces Offer Flexibility for Caregiving, Study Shows

Finally, employers seem to be getting the message that many of their workers have caregiving demands. Increasingly, both nonprofit and for-profit companies are offering workplace¬†flexibility, paid and unpaid leave, and resource and referral services, according to the¬†2014 National Study of Employers released today by the¬†Families and Work Institute¬†(FWI), along with the¬†Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The study polled 1,051 employers with 50 or more employees. “The findings indicate that the issue of family caregiving is on the radar of …

What’s Important to Older Residents? Just Ask!

What makes someone age 50+ want to stay in their community – or want to leave? For most, the answer is¬†feeling safe and having good schools. Those are the two top answers from more than 4,500 people age 50+ surveyed for a just-released AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) report on what older adults feel is important for what is termed a “livable community.”¬†(I’m guessing that excellent schools are connected to higher property values and perceived as contributing to a quality …

Study: Support Services a Good Alternative to Nursing Home

You may feel you have stark choices for frail and elderly family members: Keep them at home without the help and support they need, or help them move to an¬†assisted living¬†facility or a nursing home¬†to get those services. A new report from the Center for Housing Policy (CHP) encourages a third possibility: getting services for them in their home and community. The report, produced by the research arm of the¬†National Housing Conference, says that option is less expensive and allows …

Military Caregivers Need More Support, Study Shows

The family members who provide care for the nation’s ¬†wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars need more support than they’re getting, says a¬†study of military caregivers¬†released today by the¬†RAND Corporation. The largest-ever survey of more than 1,000¬†military caregivers¬†found that 25 percent are¬†soldiers’ parents, many of whom are growing older themselves and who will not always be up to the task. “These post 9/11 caregivers are providing invaluable support to the veterans they’re caring for,”¬†says Rajeev Ramchand, a behavioral …

Adult Day Care Benefits Caregivers, Study Shows

If Mom or Dad has dementia, using¬†adult day services (ADS) just twice a week can reap surprising psychological and physical benefits for family caregivers. Yes, caregivers. According to a new Pennsylvania State University study, ADS can reduce caregivers’¬†emotional distress and may even protect against illness. It turns out that a hormone in the body produced by the adrenal gland, DHEA-S, gets depleted when you’re under chronic stress – and caregiving is unquestionably stressful. ¬†The study suggests that ADS probably gives …

Alzheimer’s Disease: A Double Whammy for Women

If you are a woman, a new report from the Alzheimer’s Association¬†might just jolt you upright. Consider: Women in their¬†60s are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease¬†sometime in their lives as they are to develop breast cancer.¬† They have a 1 in 6 chance of developing the disease. A man’s chances are 1 in 11.¬† Three out of 5 people with Alzheimer’s are women.¬† Women are 2.5 times more likely than men to provide the 24-hour, hands-on care at …