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The difference between Medicare and Medicaid

June 4, 2013

CarePlanners has been a great resource in helping our clients navigate through the health care system. They have been an affordable wealth of knowledge for patients and families.

Caregiving in the Late-Blended Family

April 23, 2013

“Caring for an aging spouse is extremely difficult under the best of circumstances,” said researcher Carey Wexler Sherman. “When step family tensions and conflicts are added to the mix, the stress can become overwhelming.”

Take Good Care of Your Feet

April 22, 2013

Most of us start life with trouble-free feet. What goes wrong? Of hundreds of known foot ailments, most can be traced to heredity, improper foot care, injury (often caused by shoes and socks or stockings that don’t fit well), and/or the effects of aging.

The History of Homecare

April 19, 2013

In the latter part of the 1800’s because of an increasingly urban society, many urban families were often unable to care for loved ones because of lack of space or because all family members including children were employed six days a week for 12 hours a day. During this period many unfortunate people needing care were housed in County poor houses or in facilities for the mentally ill.

How Much Do You Know About Seniors and Nutrition?

March 20, 2013

While the basic guidelines for a healthy diet are pretty much the same for people of every age, older adults have special needs and concerns. Nutrition affects the all-around health of seniors, is a factor in a senior’s ability to properly absorb medications, and can have an impact on various health conditions that are common as we get older. If a senior loved one’s nutrition habits aren’t supporting good health, it might be time to sit down over a good meal and bring up the topic.

When Family Members Disagree: Holding a Productive Caregiving Meeting

March 16, 2013

When your spouse, parents or grandparents need help, and other family members consult about it, unresolved family issues may get in the way of effective helping. Revisiting and reopening long-standing family issues of sibling rivalry, parental favoritism, and other family problems during the last months or years of a parent’s life is an easy trap to fall into.

Four Myths About Seniors and Computers

March 12, 2013

The divide today is drawn along economic and educational lines—but also, it seems, along age lines, with seniors slower to adopt digital technology and embrace computer use. How are we doing today, a quarter century after the first personal computers arrived on the scene? Let’s take a look at the ways computers are revolutionizing the way we age in America, beginning by examining four common myths about senior adults and computers:

Hospitalized Seniors May Be Surprised By "Observation Stay" Status

March 9, 2013

Concerned that a growing number of seniors have been unexpectedly forced to pay thousands of dollars for nursing home care after a stay in a hospital, Medicare has launched a pilot project to test whether relaxing its hospital payment rules could help beneficiaries.

Balancing Work and Caregiving

March 5, 2013

Janis worries about her husband Richard, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. While she’s at the office, she wonders how Richard is doing at home, which makes it hard to concentrate on the tasks at hand. But she is hesitant to discuss her situation with co-workers or her boss.

Family Matters

February 28, 2013

Family Matters  The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy states that “more than ever before, families are providing long-term care to older adults with limitations in the ability to perform tasks necessary for independent living. Nearly 25% of American households are providing care to people age 50 years and over. Families are often the alternative…

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