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CAREGIVER  LINKS  &  TIPS   

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Since November 2005 we have assembled valuable Links, Tips, and other Family Caregiver Resources. SeniorARK hopes they will provide help for those who sacrifice so much to care for those they love. Please tell us of a great resource you have found!

   

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring.... ~ Leo F. Buscaglia

 

Always consult your doctor on health information obtained from any other source.

Alert: Despite Medicare coverage, seniors are not taking advantage of preventive services and important screenings that can help detect diseases early. See TIP # 22 on Social Security Page

Also see:  14 Ways to Save on Health & Medicine    

Things that some Seniors wanted for Christmas, or perhaps now for their birthday

                     and:  Spiritual Messages written especially for Seniors and Caregivers

over 56 senior hobby ideas

Caregiver Links

Caregivers will also benefit from many of the Seniors Links and

 Tips Pages,   especially   Health Links

Print a free Personal Medical Organizer (includes a prescription log),  or prescription log alone

invaluable as health tools for your loved one

 New site for caregivers from Medicare - - www.medicare.gov/caregivers
Free Reports on Healthcare Providers How to Prepare for a Doctor Visit
New Technology Aids Family Caregivers Reverse Mortgages -- Federal Trade Commission
Elder Financial Abuse: The Signs Psychological Challenges of Retirement
Empowering Caregivers 10 Ways to Save on Health & Medicine Today
Help in finding Senior Care Home Caregiver Resources
Say Goodbye to Winter Blues Carbon Monoxide, The Silent Killer

 Important Guidance for Caregivers

Elder Living Source

10 Tips to Help a Senior Move 7 Pains You Cannot Ignore

Senior Outlook (Housing)

Caregiver Resources
Help a Senior with a Memory Loss 7 Silent Medical Conditions
Ten Caregiver Tips The Caregiving Years, 6 Stages
  HHS Compare hospitals Fun Pages for Seniors
Free one-week respite stay Caregiver Support Groups

Care Givers

National Family Caregivers Association

Aging Solutions

Family Caregiver Alliance
Vet Wives Dealing with CAREGIVER stress
Senior Health Package - US Govt. Partnership For Prescription Assistance
 2,344 USA Hospitals Online Some ways to avoid medication errors
Spouse’s Hospitalization Increases Partner’s Risk of Death, New Study of a Half-Million Couples Shows
This site was built by Penn State University, but there is a ton of general information that will help Seniors and their Caregivers everywhere.

Life Alert

Your Care -- The Caregiver

Very Truly Yours Personalized Addressing Kits

Senior Driver Website

The PERFECT Senior Gift

Keeping Older Drivers Safe on the Road

 The Caring Spirit of Hospice

VisitingOurs.com -- Patient Condition Update

Caregiving Tips for the Bedridden

Adult Day Care Centers

Respite Care

Reverse Mortgages -- Federal Trade Commission

Alzheimer's Disease: Signs, Symptoms

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Eldercare Locator Mobility and Assistive Products (see tip "4")
www.caregiver.com (see tip #6 below) Alzheimer's: Prevention, Treatment, Slowing it Down
Reverse Mortgage Guide for Family Members of Seniors

No longer need that old computer?

Give it away to another Senior !!

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging National Family Caregivers Association
Saying Good-bye to your Beloved Pet and Friend Aging In Place Initiative
Prevent Elder Abuse Panel: Solving Caregiver Crisis
Go to Care Facilities BY STATE.      New SeniorARK Section, very limited: (Arizona, California, Pennsylvania, Texas, so far) Or go to Links/Government, and click on your state on the blue map. You may find more there.

Alert: Social Security E-mail Scam    SCAM ALERT   SCAM ALERT   SCAM ALERT   11-22-06

Social Security Administration officials have asked the news media to alert the public about a new e-mail scam.

The e-mail, purportedly sent by the SSA and designed to frighten recipients with a scary message and phony deadline, has the words "Cost-of-Living for 2007" in the subject line. The message contains information about the 3.3 percent benefit increase for 2007 and includes the following words in bold-face type:

 

"NOTE: We now need you to update your personal information. If this is not completed by November 11, 2006, we will be forced to suspend your account indefinitely."

 

The recipients of the e-mail are directed to a Web site designed to look like the SSA's Internet Web site. When they arrive at the counterfeit site, they are asked to register for a password and to confirm their identity by providing personal information such as their Social Security number, bank account information and credit card information. DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM

 Caregivers'  Tips

1. Information on Preparing For the Cold Weather, from the house to the car, to illness, to storms. Links to an extremely useful series of articles from the CDC--Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a must read before winter.
2.  The day before my mother died, she asked my sister, "What will happen to Pepsi (her little dog) if something happens to me?" My sister reassured her that she would care for Pepsi. Do not underestimate how important a Senior's pet is to their mental well-being.  Can they afford a medical checkup? Shots? Treatment. This would be a great Christmas or birthday gift to a senior. I am a Senior, and I would be thrilled to receive this magnificent gift.
3. If you feel overwhelmed at times, and need time to yourself, call your church. I'll bet they will arrange for parishioners to spend some time with your Senior while you disappear for a while. We did this when my mother was ill. They really helped us. Never underestimate the willingness of the redeemed!

4.Enter the type of product you are looking for, and Able Project will provide a comprehensive list of suppliers. SeniorArk has tested this and it appears to be a valuable service. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Or search from: Able Project

5..Adult children can help parents manage their medical care
Charlotte Observer - Charlotte,NC,USA July 3, 2006
... As a geriatrician, Dr. Danny Honeycutt, medical director of Charlotte's Senior Health Connection, often fields questions from adult children of his patients. ...

6. Senior Ark rarely recommends a for-profit site with the enthusiasm we have for this one. Any caregiver, or someone needing a caregiver, should investigate this site to see if you find some helpful information. We use their own words to describe their mission:         

"Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, we produce Today's Caregiver magazine, the first national magazine dedicated to caregivers, the "Sharing Wisdom Caregivers Conferences", and our web site, www.caregiver.com which includes topic specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back issue articles of Today's Caregiver magazine, chat rooms and an online store. Caregiver Media Group and all of it's products are developed for caregivers, about caregivers and by caregivers."

7. A valuable all-around health guide for Seniors and their Caregivers:   www.helpguide.org

8. There are several types of senior housing, some for making lifestyle changes in retirement and others for accommodating changes in the physical, social, emotional, mental, and financial status of older persons. This is a wide ranging discussion of the specific options available, and how to proceed.   Senior Housing

9. Tips for Senior stocking up for pandemic, long storm, other catastrophy (internal page)
10. Practical Safety Guide for Seniors (internal page)

11. Staying safely hydrated  (Read Complete Article)

It's generally not a good idea to use thirst alone as a guide for when to drink. By the time one becomes thirsty, it is possible to already be slightly dehydrated. Further, be aware that as you get older your body is less able to sense dehydration and send your brain signals of thirst. Excessive thirst and increased urination can be signs of a more serious medical condition. Talk to your doctor if you experience either.

To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. Nearly every healthy adult can consider the following:

  • Drink a glass of water with each meal and between each meal.

  • Hydrate before, during and after exercise.

  • Substitute sparkling water for alcoholic drinks at social gatherings.

If you drink water from a bottle, thoroughly clean or replace the bottle often. Refill only bottles that are designed for reuse.

Though uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in a condition called hyponatremia (low sodium levels in the blood). Endurance athletes — such as marathon runners — who drink large amounts of water are at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who consume an average American diet.

If you're concerned about your fluid intake, check with your doctor or a registered dietitian. He or she can help you determine the amount of water that's best for you.

12. As part of its Caregiver Initiative, Johnson & Johnson has launched a Web site, www.strengthforcaring.com, with information on many aspects of caregiving.

13.  12-18-07   This is an out-and-out product endorsement by the editor of SeniorARK.  Gillette pays us nothing for the endorsement, and does not know that it is posted. Summer before last I received in the mail a free Gillette Fusion razor, blade, and the fusion gel that foams on contact with wet skin. It was a Gillette promotion I presume. When I first saw this razor, with 5 blades, I said--"You've got to be kidding! What's next, 10 blades?" But now I have used the razor for over a year and a half. The blade(s) have only been changed 4 times, and still work fine. I had nicked my face almost every time I shaved FOR YEARS. But for 18 months I have not had a cut. Not one! Not bad for Senior skin. And at times I've shaved a little roughly to try causing a cut. None! There are five blades on the main surface, placed closer together than typical shaving systems. There is a single blade on the back for close trimming. The blade release is a very easy push-button, and the new blade snaps in easily. No risk of getting cut changing blades. The razor and one blade cost somewhere around $8, and I think four additional blades cost around $13. A BARGAIN for a cheap guy like me. 

Very high compared to the Trac-2 system I have used for a long time. But if you want a close, nick-free shave, consider it. There is even one with a AAA battery inside. I read that it causes a subtle vibration for an even closer shave. I may try that one, but hardly see the need for it. I have not used it without the foaming gel, so cannot say how it would do with normal foam. For information go to: http://www.gillettefusion.com/us/lowband.asp

14. Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer of many unsuspecting Seniors. Read our comprehensive article on the subject:
 15. A MUST-DO PROJECT FOR EVERY SENIOR This is a project every homeowner and renter should do at least once a year, so why not do it  NOW. After all, you may be in a cold climate where you can't even watch the grass grow. oR DO IT IN THE WARM SUMMER. JUST DO IT!
16. State-by-State Analysis of Medicare Part D Finds Low-Income Nursing Home Residents Have a Poor Chance of Being Enrolled in the Best Available Drug Plans.   ...most low-income nursing home residents have a poor chance of being enrolled in the Medicare Part D plan that best covers their medications -- and most could immediately switch to a better plan at no cost if they were allowed to receive help from their caregivers.

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NewsTrack - Science

Home health shortages seen for boomers

The in-home caregiver shortage in the United States is expected to worsen and cities aren't ready for aging baby boomers' health needs, two reports show.

"Caregiving in America" said the pool of future home health providers is murky because of low wages and scattered families, USA Today said. The International Longevity Center-USA and the Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education were set to release the report Thursday, USA Today said.

About 20 percent of adults currently don't get in-home assistance they need, and that number is expected to jump when baby boomers begin experiencing conditions of old age, the paper said.

The second report said about half of the nation's communities don't have plans to meet the needs of aging boomers, USA Today said. "The Maturing of America: Getting Communities on Track for an Aging Population," predicted that the number of people over age 65 will rise to nearly 72 million by 2030.

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, which sponsored the report, said municipalities must begin planning now to provide services that can keep older people out of nursing homes, the paper said.

 

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