Sally Abrahms

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.
Study shows companies are increasingly offering eldercare benefits and programs for their employees. Work flexibility is one way.
Finally, employers seem to be getting the message that many of their workers have caregiving demands.
AARP study asks people age 50+ what would make their community more livable
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.
New report says home and community-based services is a good alternative to assisted living or nursing home care
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.
military caregivers
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 .
A study shows that caregivers who send loves ones with dementia to adult day services feel less stress and may be protected from illness
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.
Alzheimer's affecting women disproportionately for getting disease and caring for those with dementia
If you are a woman, a new report from the Alzheimer's Association might just jolt you upright. Consider:
the role of technology in helping caregivers
Make room in your life for technology, family caregivers. That was a recurring theme at the American Society on Aging (ASA) annual conference that ended this past Saturday. And it was seconded heartily at the Boomer Summit, a daylong event held during ASA for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations that market to boomers and older adults. At the Boomer Summit, 85 out of the 300 companies there focused on caregivers.
aging family caregivers worry about who will care for their young adult children with special needs
Most of us think about taking care of our aging parents or spouse, not our kids. But there are more than 11 million Americans currently providing care for a family member between the ages of 18 and 49. Many worry deeply about their loved one's future should something unexpectedly happen to them or their spouse.
Report shows patient safety harm from skilled nursing facilities used for post-acute care
If ever there were a statistic to make your heart stop, this is it: 1 out of every 3 patients who went to skilled nursing facilities after a hospital stay was harmed by his or her treatment. A study released this week by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that this harm included infections and medication errors.
Actors teach dementia and Parkinson's family caregivers to do a better job
Training medical students to do a better job by using actors to play patients is not new. But at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, actors are faking dementia and Parkinson's disease to help family caregivers be more effective - and that's downright novel.
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