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Advances in CardiologyMedical83.10 KBDownloadFactors for increased risk of cardiac disease. Chronic stress is one of them - Caregivers Beware! Also explanations of newer treatments.27
Aging in Place can be DangerousAging254.52 KBDownloadAlmost every one wants to remain in their home until they "wake up dead" one morning! There are several drawbacks to this. One is loneliness, another is undone home modifications, leading to home accidents. 27
Coping with Caregiver StressCaregiving195.46 KBDownloadSuggestions for relieving stress that is associated with caregiving.540
Creating Moments of JoyDementia25.20 KBDownloadThis article is about adding happiness to your care receiver's day, especially if they have a dementing illness. Use them for a visit or to calm an agitated person or to add some peace and comfort to your daily caregiving day.417
DeliriumMedical94.49 KBDownloadDescription of 'hospital-acquired' delirium. This is often preventable but nurses and doctors are not trained to recognize it. Some drugs commonly prescribed for older people can lead to delirium. Caregivers can help reduce this. It is NOT a form of demen24
HappinessCaregiving28.05 KBDownloadVery little is known about what makes people happy; we have been focused on what is wrong with us, rather than what we are doing right! This article leads activities that lead to greater personal Happiness and how to be Happier.439
HerbalsMedical86.51 KBDownloadHerbals are not regulated by FDA; anything can legally be in the bottle. Consult with your physician before taking any herbal. Article contains a list of herbals, what they are advertised to be used for and common side effects.23
Herbs are strong MedicineMedical156.97 KBDownloadIf you are taking any drugs or are interested in adding herbs to your routine, check first to see about any Interactions. Below are a few common herbs, their uses, and side effects. 21
Holiday GiftsCaregiving111.98 KBDownloadSuggestions for gifts for older adults. Some of these are from responses to a survey for seniors - Things they actually want.18
Holiday VisitsCaregiving114.20 KBDownloadHolidays are emotional. Plan ahead by discussing options with your care receiver. Consider eating at Mom's house, eating at a restaurant, and the behavior of children. Decide on the best plan for the whole family.37
HospiceDeath & Dying172.26 KBDownloadHospice offers comfort treatment for the final months of life. A hospice evaluation must be ordered by your physician; you may need to request it. Hospice is covered by Medicare and can be given wherever the patient lives.28
I want to go Home Caregiving66.13 KBDownloadMost patients in the hospital or rehab want to go home ASAP and demand that their caregivers take them. They don't consider safety precautions while they are recovering. The other patients who insist on going home are often residents of memory care.21
Lack of Awareness Prevents Patients from HospiceDeath & Dying67.05 KBDownloadNHPCO.org - National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization estimates that the majority of patients enrolled in hospice care die after only 7 days, when hospice care can be provided for 6 months. Many services are part of Hospice. Talk to a hospice repre23
LaughterCaregiving14.93 KBDownloadLaughter is our physiological response to humor. It may be our best homeopathic healer. Laughing is a total body work out. It also serves as a connection to other people. Add laughter to your caregiving tasks for its rich rewards.27
Maintaining Function in Later LifeAging23.17 KBDownloadDefinition of ADL's and IADL's, retaining function allows older adults to remain in their home, and age in place. Loss of function may result from normal age-related losses combined with disease; the loss of function leads to placement in a community.464
Out of Pocket Costs for CaregiversCaregiving67.38 KBDownloadCaregiving can be costly. It is estimated that out-of-pocket expenses for caregivers that is not reimbursed amounts to about 10% of income. Caregivers often take this money out of savings, which compromises their own retirement.23
Palliative Care & the End of LifeDeath & Dying309.70 KBDownloadPalliative Care is a medical specialty focused on relief of pain and other debilitating symptoms of serious illness. Patients receiving palliative care must be in the hospital, and may still receive invasive treatment.692
Peripheral MournersDeath & Dying64.80 KBDownloadOther people besides the family mourn the loss, too. They may be residents of the same community, nurses, community caregivers, or physicians. These grieve the loss of their friend and companion, and may have known your care receiver in different ways.20
Preparatory GriefCaregiving144.78 KBDownloadIt is normal and appropriate for caregivers to experience preparatory grief, knowing that this important relationship is soon to end. This is the time to nurture yourself so you will have energy to take the best care of your care receiver.28
Surgical RecoveryMedical151.65 KBDownloadRecovery from surgery in a community, types of rehab facilities, daily life in an inpatient rehab, therapists and how they help, suggestions for preparing for going home.32
What I Learned from JohnDeath & Dying75.00 KBDownloadI was John's care manager for many years, following him in his gradual decline. He taught me that having something important outside himself helped make losses bearable and gave him something to motivate working toward health.21

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