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Cooling the Flames of Depression During the Dog Days of August

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

According to the CDC, individuals 65 and older are more likely to be affected by these serious heat-related ailments, because their bodies don't adjust to the heat as well and because they are more likely to have a medical condition or take medications that impair their ability to handle heat.

White House Summit on Working Families Must Address Needs of Low-Wage Care Providers

Jodi M. Sturgeon | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Jodi M. Sturgeon

These workers provide the paid services that enable other women to continue to work with the peace of mind of knowing their family member is well cared for day in and day out.

National Nurses Week: Home Health Aides Who Became Remarkable Nurses

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Today's newly certified registered nurses emerge ready to take on a career in one of the most rewarding industries, inspired by their own personal sto...

A House Is Not a Home Without Rights for Care Workers

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Does a public union belong in the most private of workplaces? Thousands of personal care workers in Illinois who tend to elders and people with disabilities at home wouldn't have it any other way.

Decent Care

Karla Erickson | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Karla Erickson

Racial minority women ‒- and particularly recent immigrant women ‒- have often been employed in informal labor arrangements that included extraordinarily long days, working on holidays, wages well below the minimum wage and absolutely no access to recourse if they were treated unfairly. Evelyn Coke's victory moves us one step away from that history.

Home Health Care: Peace of Mind for Long-Distance Caregivers

Marki Flannery | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

The National Institute on Aging estimates that there are as many as 7 million Americans caring for a loved one from a distance of more than one hour away. As long-distance caregivers well know, the miles can add another layer of challenge to an already challenging responsibility.

Dave Jamieson

Working Poor Falling Further Behind

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.01.2013 | Business

If there's an economic recovery going on, Elizabeth Castillo hasn't seen the fruits of it. Castillo, 58, works as a home health aide in El Paso, Te...

Caregiving Should Be Middle Class Work

Deborah Weinstein | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Deborah Weinstein

Caregiving is skilled work. Any parent needing child care, or person with disabilities employing a caregiver, will tell you that. But their pay is low and their benefits almost nonexistent.

Help! My Aging Mom Won't Accept Help From Anyone but ME!

Judy Santamaria | Posted 07.17.2013 | Fifty
Judy Santamaria

Recognizing the need to offload some tasks may be the best way for you to manage your caregiving responsibilities over the long-term.

Home Health Aides: Clustered Together for Better Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 05.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

To encourage excellence and longevity on the job, we must find ways to support home health aides in this booming field.

Why HOPE Is So Important -- Cynthia Maloney

The HOPE Program | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
The HOPE Program

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif The students I work with are adults, many with families to support. Their housing situation can be precarious, and some live in shelters. Those without a high school diploma have few work options and many take GED classes at HOPE.

Immigration and the Elderly

Lisa Eckenwiler | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Lisa Eckenwiler

We might be said to be responsible for addressing harms migrant care workers (and their countries' health systems and ill and aging populations) suffer because of our shared humanity, or our participation in processes that generate injustice.

Home Health Aides: Living Lifelines in Sandy's Hobbled Communities

Marki Flannery | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
Marki Flannery

The hurricane amplified the power of teamwork that many experts believe is the future of home- and community-based care, among aides as well as across a diversified team of caregivers.

Too Few Good Jobs? Make Bad Jobs Better

Corinne H. Rieder | Posted 12.09.2012 | Business
Corinne H. Rieder

There are far too many low-income workers, attempting to climb toward far too few "good" job openings. So, what can be done?

Fear of Falling: Breaking the Dangerous Downward Cycle

Marki Flannery | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Remaining physically active is essential, but it is only one part of a larger fall-prevention picture, which also includes medication management, vision upkeep, proper footwear and a safe home environment.

Home Health Aides: The Front Lines of the Future

Marki Flannery | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

For an aging nation -- and a home health aide industry expecting stratospheric growth over the next decade -- we must ensure that people like Angela and the care she delivers are not so rare.

Home Health Aides: We Need to Raise the Bar

Marki Flannery | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

While this survey uncovered far too many "bad apples," home health aides like Zena give us a benchmark to strive for as we seek to fill a ballooning and all-important need: caring for our loved ones as they age.

Home Health Aides: The Dementia Care Balancing Act (Part Two)

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

One of the few constants with dementia is change. Levels of memory loss and general awareness can fluctuate greatly.

Home Health Aides: Dementia Care Means Expecting the Unexpected (Part One)

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When a client or a loved one has dementia, all activities of daily living (ADL) -- such as bathing, dressing, eating and sleeping -- need to be understood through the lens of the progressive brain disorder.

Elder Independence: Establishing Common Ground

Ilaina Edison | Posted 07.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Ilaina Edison

Whether you're caring for an aging parent or a neighbor in your apartment building, or helping a home health aide connect with your ill spouse, look to establish common ground to drive forward a successful caregiving relationship.

Aging Parents? Check Out These Affordable Alternatives To Assisted Living

Mary Turner | Posted 05.24.2012 | Fifty

Although "aging in place" may be the preferred option for seniors, declining health and physical limitations often preclude this option. But an assist...

Spousal Refusal: I Take Thee In Sickness And In Health, Except...

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 07.12.2012 | Fifty
Ann Margaret Carrozza

The reality of spousal refusal is very different from the politically motivated sound bites decrying multi-millionaires on Medicaid. If, for example, my husband has a stroke and we apply for Medicaid for him, I may decide to declare spousal refusal in order to protect my nest egg of $300,000.

Why More Boomers Are Living Alone

Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 06.21.2012 | Fifty

When mom or dad has a harder time getting around their homes, one begins to make plans: “Should she move in with us? Maybe we should look into nursi...

Exercise at My Age?! Encouraging Fitness in Challenging Situations

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 06.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

For those in their 70s, 80s or 90s, regular exercise may be a new concept. They did not grow up hearing about the many benefits of a regular fitness routine, and it could take some coaxing and some creative planning to get them to partake.

Caregiving, and All That Jazz

Marki Flannery | Posted 05.12.2012 | Good News
Marki Flannery

Stop me if you've heard this one before. A jazz singer walks into a senior center...