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How to Develop a Caregiving Plan

Posted on 02/19/2014 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI first spoke with my parents about their plans for “the future” when Dad retired from his career as a university professor in 1995. Mom had suffered a stroke six years earlier but was still mobile, and Dad was in good health. They had completed advance directives and estate planning. My caregiving plan was to help them stay as independent as possible for as long as possible. I’d visit three or four times a year, monitor their needs and coordinate with my …

It’s Not Easy Being in a Relationship with a Caregiver

Posted on 02/12/2014 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingEditor’s note: We asked Bill Carter, the longtime companion of AARP’s caregiving expert and blogger, Amy Goyer, to write about being in a long-distance relationship with a full-time caregiver. My relationship with Amy began seven years ago. At the time she was a busy professional working in Washington, D.C., and her parents were enjoying their retirement in Phoenix. Since I live in northern Maryland, our relationship had to be a long-distance one from the beginning. However, we thoroughly enjoyed each other’s …

New Study Looks at Caregiving and Twins

Posted on 02/4/2014 by | Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingDoes caregiving cause stress? Most research shows that it does — in spades.  But a small study on a limited sample suggests how family caregivers handle distress is influenced more by their genes and family history than by the difficulty of the caregiving role. Those are the findings of Peter Vitaliano, a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Washington, and his colleagues after studying more than a thousand female twins, some of whom were caregivers. According to Vitaliano, how your parents …

Report Shows Americans Don’t Worry About Aging Population

Posted on 01/30/2014 by | Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | Caregiving“What? Me worry?” Those famous words of Mad Magazine’s fictitious Alfred E. Neuman seem to sum up the attitude Americans have about whether aging is a problem in this country. A just-released Pew Research Center global aging report asked residents of 21 countries if they thought the burgeoning number of older people was a “major problem” for their country and for themselves. In fact, the United States ranked No. 19, or two places from the lowest. Japanese and South Koreans, who …

New Government Website Tackles Long-Term Care Infection

Posted on 01/30/2014 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingYou’ve heard it before. You go into the hospital for one thing and come out with another: a whopping infection contracted there. Did you know that you’re also at risk for infection in assisted living and nursing homes? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just launched a website to help put the brakes on infection in long-term care settings. The numbers are big. Every year, the CDC estimates that 1 million to 3 million long-term care residents contract …

Medicare Clarifies Rehab Coverage

Posted on 01/23/2014 by | Caregiving | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingYou know how frustrating—no, make that infuriating—it can be to try to get reimbursed by Medicare for some rehabilitation services? You’re sure the rehab is helpful, but you can’t convince The Powers That Be. Why? It used to be that Medicare would pay only if the patient were improving.  Now, there’s been a healthy change in policy: You’ll be able to continue receiving physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology services to prevent further deterioration (a.k.a. slow the decline) or …