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Do you love green tea? Check out some of

July 6, 2015

Do you love green tea? Check out some of it’s benefits. http://ow.ly/PeW2q

There are steps you can take to lower yo

January 8, 2015

There are steps you can take to lower your risk of getting sick this winter and here they are! http://ow.ly/GXFZS

Medical Alert Device FAQs http://ow.ly/u

June 14, 2014

Medical Alert Device FAQs http://ow.ly/u9GvI

Will you hear me when I push the button?

April 30, 2014

Will you hear me when I push the button? http://ow.ly/i/5hU29 http://ow.ly/vViLc

Celebrating Caregivers Year ‘Round

January 28, 2014

Although November is designated as National Caregivers Month although for anyone involved in the caregiving process, it is a year ‘round task when it comes to caring for frail, elderly or disabled friends or family members. The term caregiver means “anyone who provides assistance to someone else who is, in some degree, incapacitated and needs help: a husband who has suffered a stroke; a wife with Parkinson’s disease; a mother-in-law with cancer; a grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease…” according to the Family Caregiver Alliance.

The Alliance also notes that “family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion worth of uncompensated care to loved ones annually.” Many senior organizations also note that family caregivers will remain the largest source of unpaid family caregivers in the United States. Given the advances in healthcare and medical treatments, many seniors are living much longer and in many situations, the family has taken on the role of caregiver rather than admitting loved ones to nursing home or assisted living care.

Caregiving By The Numbers

 Reports and statistics compiled by various groups in the country point to these trends in caregiving in the United States:

  • More women than men are involved in caring for an aging relative. Of those it’s been found that close to 35% of those individuals are caring for two or more family members.
  • The average age of the female caregiver is 48. Although the average age of caregivers is 48, there are many caregivers that are, themselves, older adults (age 65 and older) and of those caregivers, close to one-third of them is in fair to poor health themselves.
  • There are close to 66 million caregivers in the US and those count for up to 30% of the population that are involved in caring for an aged or ill relative.

There are many programs available to provide support for caregivers. The support ranges from information on available adult services in a specific part of the country, to counseling for the caregiver, support groups, training for caregivers and respite services.

 How Can You Celebrate A Caregiver?

 There are many ways in which you can “celebrate” a caregiver in your life or in your family. These ideas are ideal to put into practice not only during the month of November, but throughout the year. Being a caregiver is a sometimes thankless task and many caregivers are not comfortable reaching out and asking for a helping hand. How can you help? Here are some ideas:

  • Offer to help out a caregiver. Whether it’s helping to prepare a meal or two, cleaning the house, running errands, doing yard work, or offering to sit with the seniors in their care so they can take a few hours, or a day, off will welcomed and appreciated.
  • Host a get together for caregivers in your family.
  • Contact a local community or senior center in your area and ask about hosing a Caregivers Awareness event.
  • Send a card or a gift basket to a caregiver.
  • Use social media to prompt your elected officials to promote legislation aimed at developing family-friendly caregiver policies

The numbers show that the aging population relies on family caregivers. Take time throughout the year to recognize their contributions.

We are moving LifeFoneBlog.com to CaregiversConnections.com on January 31, 2014.  If you want to continue to subscribe to this blog, please go to  http://www.CaregiversConnections.com to sign up for the email subscription. Thanks for your interest in our blog!

 

Recommended Medical Alert Systems Discussed In Recent Health Newsletter

January 28, 2014

HHP logo Harvard-Health-Square A recent article in Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Letter addressed the subject of medical alert systems in their December 2013 issue. In a table in the  article, they listed LifeFone as among five ‘medical alerting systems that come closest to the ideal.’ The newsletter stated, “Medical alerting devices are effective tools for people who want to live independently and safely in their own homes.”

The article went on the say that the devices are underused.  “Many older adults agree to use a device only after a medical  emergency when they’ve been traumatized by the experience of being stuck in a bathtub, lying on the  floor, or suffering from a cardiac or neurological event,” says Barbara Moscowitz, a geriatric social worker at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.”

The Harvard Health Letter also offered this advice.  “Alerting devices are ideal for people who live alone or spend time alone during the day, as well as people who’ve experienced a fall in the past, have a medical condition, or are limited in mobility. Individuals with mild memory impairment should be given a device as early as possible; if you wait until the person is more impaired, the individual may not be able to learn how to wear and use the device properly.”

Read the entire Harvard Health Letter.

Caregivers Connections knows that as people age, mobility and the ability to age in place can become an issue.  Most people would prefer to continue to live their lives in the family home or a second home of their choice rather than a nursing facility that provides round-the-clock care.  However, adult children often start to see their parents in a new light, not as vibrant and active as they once were and often with medical issues.  As families make many decisions that come with aging,  a medical alert system should be considered as a way to provide peace of mind and safety for loved ones. Consider a medical alerting system a must-have for aging family members to provide protection if a situation occurs rather than waiting until after an event has happened!

Common sense ideas to keep loved ones fo

January 28, 2014

Common sense ideas to keep loved ones form simply watching tv or sleeping all day. http://ow.ly/sWYR4

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