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Now What? Treatment Options for Alzheimer's Disease

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 10:13 AM

There are more than 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer's disease, a form of dementia, and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. According to the Alzheimer's Association, people diagnosed with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after...

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Childhood Cancer: Can Your Marriage Survive It?

(6) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 3:19 PM

When a family learns that one of their own has cancer, it can bring them together or tear them apart. This is even more of a challenge when it is a child who has been diagnosed with cancer, a disease that will at the very least interrupt this time of...

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Lessons Learned From Ted Williams: Funeral Planning

(3) Comments | Posted August 20, 2012 | 10:50 AM

Imagine holding a bake sale to pay for a love one's funeral. That's just about what Brandy Rankins did after her mother passed away from lung cancer and there were no funeral and burial arrangements made in advance.

"When my mother passed with lung cancer several years ago, it...

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Changes to Mental Health Diagnosis Could Impact Caregivers

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2012 | 3:48 PM

How mental health professionals diagnose their patients could be changing and therefore affect patients, families, and caregivers after 2013.

According to the American Psychiatric Association:

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the standard classification of mental disorders that is...
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How to Navigate Medicare/Medicaid With Cancer

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 6:11 PM

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, they are so deluged with information about their health and how to treat the disease so that managing their Medicare or Medicaid coverage gets overlooked.

"The paperwork becomes overwhelming for people," said Cheryl Berger-Israeloff, who works as a volunteer patient navigator for the...

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Tax Tips After Retirement

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 12:15 PM

Spring forward into tax season! Even after retirement there some wise tax tips from experts that can save money.

"One great strategy for seniors is to pull a little each year from pre-tax accounts like 401(k)s accounts and after-tax accounts like Roth IRAs so they can stay in a lower...

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The Grieving Garden: Simple Ways to Cope With Trauma and Loss

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 4:36 PM

After the death of her stepfather, Lisa Adducci of Denver began sorting her socks into intricate categories: summer socks, colored socks, dress socks, wool socks and so on.

"My stepfather was always very meticulous and extremely organized," she said. "Everything had a place and a label. When he died,...

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Multiple Sclerosis and Caregiving

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2012 | 5:04 PM

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease that affects every individual uniquely, and therefore carries just as unique caregiving responsibilities for their loved ones.

Certainly people newly diagnosed with M.S. or who are in remission have very light needs of caregivers, whether those people are a spouse, adult children, or other...

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Holiday Burnout

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2011 | 10:27 AM

The holidays can be a time of joy, togetherness, gratitude and renewed faith for many Americans. However, they can also be a busy time that creates longer to-do lists and increased stress and anxiety -- especially for family caregivers.

"Basically we're kind of not doing it," said Roxanne Hawn, an...

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Home for the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 5:22 PM

Families can use the holidays as a time to reconnect and make time to talk about how to handle circumstances for elderly or ailing loved ones they only see once a year.

"We see a huge spike in traffic to our site right after the holidays every year," said Andy...

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Would You Do This? Profound Stories of Caregiving

(1) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 6:28 PM

Laura George was newly pregnant with her first child when her husband was paralyzed in a hit-and-run accident near their home in Florida. She has since created an online resource for others with spinal cord injuries who are navigating legal and other issues. Laura was recently chosen as one of...

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The Adult Daughter's Experience With Alzheimer's

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 7:29 PM

When Mary Ellen Geist quit her high-profile job as a radio show anchor in New York City to move back into her childhood home and care for her father with Alzheimer's, she learned as much about caregiving as she did about the fatal brain disease.

"As a journalist...

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Ways to Assess Long-Term Care Insurance Companies

(5) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 3:12 PM

Long before anyone expects to be thinking about in-home caregivers or nursing homes is precisely when they should be considering long-term care insurance.

"Age 70 is much too late," said Jesse Slome, executive director of the American Association of Long-Term Care Insurance. "The ideal age to shop...

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Alzheimer's and the Importance of Early Detection

(7) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 8:43 AM

Alzheimer's disease is one of the top 10 diseases Americans die from each year, but it is the only one on that list that is expanding as the other causes of death are declining. Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative brain disease and the most...

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How Music Can Help Alzheimer's

(5) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 8:37 AM

Celia shares a picture of herself as a 7-year-old girl. Her young mother is leading her in a dance. Then she pulls out a second photograph, taken one week before her mother passed away from Alzheimer's at the age of 78. In this image, they are dancing again. This time,...

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Finding Superwoman: The Perils and Triumphs of Caring for Your Own Parents

(4) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 4:32 PM

Sometimes in life it is not humanly possible for one person to "do it all." We all have a threshold, and the reality is that becoming a caregiver for your own parents can trigger a series of events that topples everything. One day you feel like Superwoman --...

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Neighbor Enables Aging Parents to Stay at Home

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 5:45 PM

Neighbors can fill the gap when it is too much for one person to juggle a full-time job, solid relationships with a spouse and children and the needs of aging and ill parents.

Living hundreds of miles away from her elderly parents, Rachel Meyers of New York has found that...

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Addressing Diabetes Care in the Home

(7) Comments | Posted July 5, 2011 | 4:20 PM

When people think of caregiving, they envision a middle-aged woman providing loving care for her elderly mother who lives in a nursing home. In reality, a caregiver can be a relatively youthful spouse whose husband or wife has a chronic condition -- such as diabetes -- that requires daily monitoring.

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Tips For Bringing A Loved One Home From The Hospital

(8) Comments | Posted June 18, 2011 | 12:33 AM

Your mother is coming home from the hospital after her knee surgery or other surgical procedure and you expect to be able to help her out as she recovers -- and still go to work, get the kids to school or day camp; maybe even see your significant other for...

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