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What is "elder abuse"?

What is “elder abuse”?

June 12, 2023

Exploitation of older adults is an issue none of us likes to think about. But it’s a growing problem. One in 10 Americans age 60 or older has experienced some form of elder abuse. It is estimated that up to 5 million elders are abused each year. Elder abuse includes intentional acts of malice. Also,…

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Tips for vacationing without Mom

Tips for vacationing without Mom

June 5, 2023

We all need time away from constant responsibility. Sometimes the best way to care for your loved one is to take an extended break and recharge your batteries. If your relative is fairly independent, consider these other services that may be helpful: Also ensure that all bills are up to date or prepaid and that…

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Cancer screenings covered by Medicare

Cancer screenings covered by Medicare

May 29, 2023

If found early enough, many cancers can be kept in check. Some even eradicated. To encourage early detection, Medicare pays 100% (in most cases) for screening tests. Your loved one may have a copay and/or Medicare percentage for the doctor’s exam to administer a test. Or a  facility fee for a colonoscopy. To get the…

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Tinnitus: Ringing in the ears

Tinnitus: Ringing in the ears

May 22, 2023

Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears. But it can also be more of a clicking sound, a humming sound, or buzzing, hissing, or roaring. Ninety percent of people with the condition also have hearing loss. Tinnitus is not a disease. Instead, it is thought to be the brain’s response to a…

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Moving to memory care

Moving to memory care

May 15, 2023

Once you decide memory care is the wisest path, the next step is choosing a facility and creating a smooth moving day. Many memory care communities have a “move-in coordinator” or other family liaison. Rely on this professional for guidance. Ease the change with these tips: Is a move in your future? As the Metro…

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Lessons from the seriously ill

Lessons from the seriously ill

May 8, 2023

A long-time hospice nurse—someone deeply committed to caring for the seriously ill—created this list of the top five deathbed regrets she frequently observed in her patients. She vowed to take these lessons to heart. Do any of these ring true for you? It never hurts to stop and take stock of your life. Use any…

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The care plan and meeting

The care plan and meeting

May 1, 2023

If your loved one is admitted to a skilled nursing facility, Medicare requires the staff develop an initial, personalized care plan within the first 48 hours. This describes who should be doing what. Then, within the first 14 days, the staff must assemble a comprehensive assessment, which must include your loved one’s needs and strengths.…

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Do you strive for perfection?

Do you strive for perfection?

April 24, 2023

It’s important to do the best you can when caring for a loved one. But aiming for perfection can bring on problems. For yourself, in terms of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. And for your relative and other family members, who may feel burdened by living under the stress of constant measurement and judgment. A…

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Pillbox

Pillbox 2.0

April 17, 2023

For many people, a pillbox is just the ticket. But as we age, we may take more medicines. Filling the box requires more concentration. Remembering to take the meds can become more challenging. Many families turn to technology to help an aging loved one. There are two tech strategies: Reminders issued by a phone, and…

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