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How to Care for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease

Caring for an aging loved one is challenging. When that loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the task can seem nearly impossible to even the best of caregivers. It’s difficult to know the person you are very close to may lose the ability to remember your name or worse recognize you. While every case is different, here are some general guidelines intended to help you provide the best possible care for your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a general term for cognitive decline and memory loss….

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3 Shocking Realities That Will Make You Start Planning to Age in Place Today

By 2020, 56 million Americans will have reached 65 and by 2025, this number will grow to 84 million. People are living longer than ever before and as a consequence, the amount of their lives they’ll spend needing care is increasing. It’s estimated that 70 percent of these Americans will need assistance at some point in their life. Because of this, people are thinking more and more about the idea of “aging in place.” With 9 out of 10 Americans planning to stay in their home for as long as possible, aging in place has become the most common goal among the baby boomer…

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Simple Ways to Care With Empathy

Caring for someone requires many things, one of the most important of which is the ability to empathize. While the capacity to understand and feel for another person may come easier for some, empathy is not something you are necessarily born with. Empathy is a consciously or subconsciously learned skill, and like any other skill, it can be learned, improved, and even mastered. What is Empathy? If you’ve ever been a caregiver, there may have been a time when the person you were caring for was in pain. Maybe they just came out of surgery or just received news that a…

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The Value of Home Care

In 2016, The Home Care Association of America and Global Coalition on Aging collaborated to create the report, “The Value of Home Care.” This is the first study that sheds a light on the critical role home care plays in the lives of many seniors, families, the healthcare system, and the nation’s economy as America continues to gray. “The Value of Home Care” emphasizes the importance of home care by helping us not only understand the needs of our aging population, but also by forcing us to recognize our American seniors’ desire to age in the comfort of their own homes…

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3 Common Barriers to Advance Care Planning and How to Overcome Them

What is Advance Care Planning? Advance care planning is the process of learning and preparing for the types of decisions that may (or may not) need to be made. These decisions extend far beyond what you want (or don’t want). In addition to clarifying your care preferences, advance care planning requires you to clarify your values and select an agent to express your healthcare decisions in the event you are no longer able to speak for yourself. Once you decide on your preferences, you can put them into an advance care directive. An advance care directive is a legal document that becomes effective only if you are incapacitated and unable to speak…

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