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Many of us have loved ones who depend on us, whether it is a parent, child, partner or someone else. This board includes articles of interest to caregivers and the issues related to seniors.

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Medical Issues

How to try to understand what a person with Alzheimer's disease is thinking and feeling, so that caregivers can adjust better to troubling behaviors.

Playing Along with A Dementia Patient's Realities

Dementia can cause a number of troubling behaviors in sufferers. Delusions can be especially challenging for family members to deal with. Sometimes a simple change in perspective can improve communication and help daily tasks go more smoothly. Caregivers are often faced with the choice of grounding their loved one or validating their perceptions of reality.

Helping Someone with PTSD

Helping Someone with PTSD - HelpGuide.org

When someone you care about suffers from PTSD, it can leave you feeling overwhelmed. But with these strategies, you can help your loved one move on with their life.

Resources & Education for Stroke Caregivers' Understanding & Empowerment (RESCUE)

VA.gov | Veterans Affairs

Important Veteran Health Issue

When Loves Ones with Dementia Feel Ashamed and Cover Up

How Caregivers Can Help Loved Ones Cope with Dementia

A loved one with Dementia may exhibit feelings of shame when experiencing memory loss and attempt to hide evidence of forgetfulness. Caregivers should react to this behavior with tenderness and a coach-like, not critic-like attitude. Avoid expressing frustration and support them by showing empathy.

Senior Substance Abuse | Addiction Treatment for the Elderly

Seniors & Addiction

As baby boomers age, the number of adults in need of addiction treatment is growing. Learn stats, facts and insight about older adult drug abuse.

Foot Health Information

Foot Health Information – A Place for Mom

Mobility is a vital component of independence, making the foot ailments that often plague the elderly especially worrisome. While it may not spring to mind as a top health concern, poor foot health can severely impact a person’s ability to live alone, work and participate in social activities. According to the US National Center for...

Unlocked And Loaded: Families Confront Dementia And Guns JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News and Melissa Bailey, Kaiser Health News

Unlocked And Loaded: Families Confront Dementia And Guns

Caregivers

Assistance | NCDHHS

Assistance

Elderly bathtub safety

The simple strategy for improving bathtub safety in older adults - Advocating for the Aging

Watch this short video to learn how and why to use a tub transfer bench to improve bathtub safety in older adults. Advocating for the Aging.

In Sickness, Health and (Sometimes) Anguish Ways to help lower the risks of physical and mental exhaustion for spousal caregivers by Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD., AARP, July 10, 2014

How to Avoid Mental Exhaustion for Spousal Caregivers

Many sacrifices are made by spousal caregivers including their own mental well being from time to time. Many struggle with doing the right thing and determining when to push back on the demands brought on by loved one. Caregivers must compartmentalize being a loving spouse versus dutiful nurse.

Five Medication Management Tips for Elder Caregivers

Five Medication Management Tips for Elder Caregivers

Mmlearn.org provides five TIPS to help caregivers prevent adverse drug reactions due to polypharmacy while safeguarding senior health.

AARP tips how to advocate for your parents when they live in a nursing home

Caregiving - Caregivers, Parent Guardianship & Caring, Senior & Elder Care

Find information on caregiving, caregivers, caretaking and caring for parents in the caregiving section of AARP.org. Caregiving books, tips, and news articles for senior citizens.

The Working Caregiver: Balancing Caregiver Responsibilities with Work - Visiting Nurse Service of New York

Caregiver Resources - Patient Care - Senior Care | VNSNY

Home health care resources for caregivers, patients, and family. Learn about home care basics, senior care, and making the most of in home care.

Links For Senior Citizen Resources - Amy Edwards

Links For Senior Citizen Resources - Amy Edwards Family Law

Links For Senior Citizen Resources Our Articles: Life or Death Decisions: Healthcare Powers of Attorney Guardianship Tips For Extended or Frequent Hospital Visits Elder Abuse Our Pinterest Board on Seniors, Caregiving, Medical & End of Life Retirement Assets as Marital Property Great Overview Web Sites: Good starting point and overview is the Senior Citizens Handbook: Laws and Programs Affecting …

FMLA

Family and Medical Leave Act

US Department of Labor: The Wage and Hour mission is to promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the Nation's workforce.

Legal Checklist for Caregivers: Tips on how to protect your loved ones and yourself by: Judi Hasson,

A Legal Checklist and Reference Guide for Caregivers

Caregivers planning on taking on or are currently managing a loved one's financial or legal affairs should ensure all the correct documentation is accounted for. Make sure to organize important paperwork such as Power of Attorney and Living Wills. Discuss these legal documents with family members.

Spousal caregivers: When chronic illness crashes into your marriage.

Spousal caregivers: When chronic illness crashes into your marriage

According to the Canadian Public Health Agency, over half of Canadians deal with chronic illness. For married individuals suffering with chronic illness, their spouse becomes the primary caregiver, homemaker and breadwinner. More often than not, though, all the caregiving spouse can do is be present and just wait by their loved one’s side.

Family First: Four Caregiver Tips For Extended or Frequent Hospital Visits  By Amy A. Edwards

Eldercare Locator, Celebrating 20 Years, Connecting You to Community Services. This site has a ton of useful web sites.

Eldercare Locator

Caregiver Social Holidays Stay Connected Couple Invite Front Door Wreath

How to Avoid Caregiver Isolation and Nuture Your Social Life

Learn how to sustain your social life, a source of necessary replenishment, while caregiving.

Amy Goyer and her parents, sister and caretaker Kelly at their home, Juggling Work and Caregiving (Beth Perkins Photography)

Find Out How to Balance Working and Caregiving

Working caregivers are everywhere and can be hired with help of your employer. Talk to your boss or HR about your challenges. You can suggest to change your work hours or telecommute so that you can fulfill both your paid work and caregiving responsibilities. Understand policies for taking leave.

Call a family meeting: Taking care of someone you love is challenging. Here are some tips to make it a little easier.

Tips for Caregivers

Taking care of someone you love is challenging. Here are some tips to make it a little easier.

Adjusting to an Unexpected Role: Caregiver

Adjusting to an Unexpected Role: Caregiver - My Military Life

Today, many military spouses are taking on a new role besides wife and mom. That new unexpected role is called caregiver. Never in a million years did I think I would become a caregiver at 34. Who knew? Hundreds of military spouses, like me, have taken on the caregiver role more frequently than people can ever imagine due to combat injuries or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. I don’t think many of us prepared for, or even anticipated, the added job title. Millions of unanswered questions and…

Building Better Caregivers by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer Free Online Workshop Provides Information and Support

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A free online workshop is designed for family Caregivers of Veterans. It helps them learn a variety of skills and how to care for Veterans with PTSD and other serious illnesses.

Caregivers Need Supportive Social Networks. By Sandy Morris

Caregivers Need Supportive Social Networks

One of the best forms of "help" a caregiver can ask for is basic moral support. Knowing that someone acknowledges and understands their hard work can be the difference between success and total burnout. A social network is a must for family caregivers.

Avoiding the Hazards of Winter for Older Adults

Avoiding the Hazards of Winter for Older Adults

Winter is a special time for celebration. It should also be a time for added caution if you or someone in your family is an older adult. It is the season for falls, slips on icy streets and other dangers

A caregiver’s commitment:  Providing care while traveling by Michele Mongillo

Healthy Living Made Simple Sam's Club Magazine

We provide millions of readers dynamic, relevant content and introduce them to information that can help them lead a healthier life.

Dementia Care, Why Do People with Dementia Yell For "Help"?

Dementia Care, Why Do People with Dementia Yell For "Help"?

For many caregivers, hearing their loved ones yell for help is a common, upsetting, and frustrating experience.

A Not-To-Do List For Caregivers of the Chronically   Psychology Today

A Not-To-Do List For Caregivers of the Chronically Ill

The National Family Caregiving Association found that over 60% of caregivers who provide at least 20 hours of caregiving a week suffer from depression.

VA Caregiver's Tool Box

VA.gov | Veterans Affairs

Caregiver Toolbox

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6 Things No One Told Us About Being a Caregiver | Elderly Home Care

Here's an honest look at the challenges of caring for an elderly parent and 6 things to make the process of being a caregiver a little bit easier.

Caregiver Guide: Medical Professionals

Elderly Caregiving--Who Are The Medical Professionals?

Caregiving teams are extended networks of family members, friends, aides, doctors, and other specialists. Here is a quick guide to the many professionals you will meet as a family caregiver.

Walker Safety for Seniors and Caregivers | Creating Daily Joys

Walker Safety for Seniors and Caregivers | Creating Daily Joys

Smart Phone Applications for Caregivers - AgingCare.com

11 Handy Smart Phone Apps for Caregivers

These smart phone applications can help you lower your stress levels, manage your loved one’s medications, improve your memory, and even find something to cook for dinner.

This web site has lots of comprehensive lists and forms, not only to assist with legal matters, but medical and other topics.  Great site!

Checklists & Forms

GRP - Checklists & Forms

Caregiving is hard, and the holidays can be particularly challenging.

How to Make the Holidays Better for Caregivers

Caregiving is hard, and the holidays can be particularly challenging.

Caregiving Support and Help: Tips for Making Family Caregiving Easier

Family Caregiving - HelpGuide.org

Here’s how to get the support you need to overcome caregiving challenges and make the process more rewarding for both you and the person you’re caring for.

Grief is a complex emotion. Here is some guidance from experts on do's and don'ts when actively grieving.

Tips For Caregivers Working Through Loss and Grief

While processing a loss, it can be difficult to do the simplest task. It's hard to imagine the pain of grief ever leaving. But there are steps that may help you cope: be patient with yourself, talk openly, and sit with your grief. Speak out loud about grief, as painful as it may be, it will help.

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Working & Caring | The National Alliance for Caregiving

Working & Caring The Caregiver Experience: A Snapshot of the Caregiver Journey Employers from more than 75 corporations, academic institutions, non-profits and government joined together in September 2014 to launch a new tool to help employers support caregivers while gaining a competitive a ...

How to keep it in check by tolerating ambivalence, maintaining balance and staying realistic. Guilt is an ever-present emotion for family caregivers.

How Caregivers Can Maintain Balance and Avoid Guilt

Family caregivers can quickly jump to guilt when they need to cancel visits or forget to call. But, realistically, they need to maintain balance within their own lives. Caregivers should avoid creating imagined deadlines and then feel guilty about missing them. Avoid fantasies of rescuing others.

The-Caregivers-Survival-Guide

The Caregivers Survival Guide

Learn how to endure the demands of guiding a loved one through illness

5 Step Hygiene Routine for the Elderly (and Easy on the Caregiver)

5 Step Hygiene Routine for the Elderly (and Easy on the Caregiver)

End of Life

New NC law: the Right to Try Act for Terminally Ill Patients.  By Amy Edwards.

Hospice and Palliative Care

Hospice and Palliative Care - HelpGuide.org

Hospice and palliative care can improve the quality of life at the end of life. These tips can help you find the best care.

What Not to Say When Someone is Dying.

What NOT to Say When Someone is Dying

Just because we’re in a caregiving role doesn’t mean we know what to say when faced with end-of-life decisions. What is the etiquette when a loved one is dying? It’s a truism to say that death is a natural part of life, a situation we will all face someday. True though they may be, such […]

For caregivers, figuring out how to speak to a dying loved one can be both challenging and emotionally wrenching. Fortunately, there are things you can say that will help your loved one maintain dignity and respect during their final days.

What to Say to a Dying Senior Loved One

Comforting a dying elderly parent, or loved one is never easy but there's a lot you can do to have meaningful conversations during the time you have left.

Most of don't know how to say good-bye when someone we love is dying. Grieving survivors offer their advice on how best to say good-bye.

End-of-Life Care and Saying Goodbye - Caring.com

Learn about the different options for end-of-life care and ways to prepare to make this difficult time a little easier for you and your loved ones.

What Is a 'Good Death'? | WebMD

What Is a 'Good Death'?

As assisted suicide gains more acceptance and people push back on extreme end-of-life measures, some people are asking whether we should pay more attention to the quality of our death and what that means.

Burial & Cremation Laws in North Carolina

Burial and Cremation Laws in North Carolina

Everything you need to know about burial, cremation, and other post-death matters in North Carolina.

Life or Death Decisions: Healthcare Powers of Attorney By Amy A. Edwards

Life or Death Decisions: Healthcare Powers of Attorney - Amy Edwards Family Law

Life or Death Decisions: Healthcare Powers of Attorney By Amy A. Edwards Using a Healthcare Power of Attorney (HCPOA), you may designate an agent to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so. You must be legally competent to sign the HCPOA, but it remains in effect even if you later become legally …

14-year-old girl who died of cancer wins right to be cryogenically frozen

14-year-old girl who died of cancer wins right to be cryogenically frozen

Judge backs UK mother in allowing body of teenage daughter, who died of cancer, to be preserved in US – a process her estranged father opposed

Till Death Do Us Part: Life Insurance and Family Law

Till Death Do Us Part: Life Insurance and Family Law - Amy Edwards

Till Death Do Us Part: Life Insurance and Family Law Maintaining life insurance and naming the beneficiaries are common topics when dealing with family law cases. Just as no one likes to discuss divorce and taxes, no one likes to discuss death. The NC Department of Insurance has an excellent publication, the Consumer Guide to Life Insurance which …

Life and Death and Family Law: The Financial Matters

Life and Death and Family Law: The Financial Matters - Amy Edwards Family Law

From Our Blog . . . Life and Death and Family Law: The Financial Matters Family Support Death terminates all rights to alimony, and any the obligation to pay it. In North Carolina, a spouse cannot successfully sue the estate of his or her late husband or wife to seek alimony payments. However, the parties …

What Exactly is an Estate Plan?

What Exactly is an Estate Plan? - Amy Edwards & Assoc., PLLC

What Exactly is an Estate Plan? Stated in the simplest terms, estate planning is the practice of preparing for a person’s eventual demise. As morbid as it may seem to think about your death, planning for the end or rather what will happen to your belongings or loved ones afterwards is an important yet most-often …

The North Carolina DMV page includes everything you need to know to register as an organ donor, including the link to our state’s donation registry, Donate Life North Carolina, where you can quickly register online. According to this site, about 18 people a day die because there is a shortage of organs.

North Carolina Organ Donation - Info on registering as an Organ Donor in NC.

Info on becoming an organ donor in North Carolina. Find out more on how & where to sign up for organ donation. Give the gift of life by donating organs to those in need.

Life and Death and Family Law: The People

Life and Death and Family Law: The People - Amy Edwards Family Law

Life and Death and Family Law: The People Everyone must eventually face death, whether it is their own, a loved one, or that of their estranged spouse or a former spouse. In family law, it is no different. As it must, the law accounts for these contingencies. Although most people don’t think that much about …

Nursing Home/Assisted Living

North Carolina Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys :: Nursing Home Law Center

North Carolina Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyers

Never accept abusive Our North Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers aggressively pursue damages against caregivers and nursing facilities that have failed to provide the quality care that your loved ones deserve.

Nursing Home FAQ Nursing Home Abuse Attorney, Laws & Legal Rights

Nursing Home Neglect Attorney | Nursing Home FAQ | Nursing Home Injury Lawyer

Free Consultation - Nursing Home Law Center helps victims and their families receive compensation for their injuries in Nursing Home Neglect and Nursing Home Injury cases. Nursing Home FAQ - Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer

An overview of senior care agency costs - Legal-and-Financial - www.ElderCareLink.com

An Overview of Senior Agency Costs

Putting yourself in the care of others can be scary but the real fright comes with the price tag of that care. The provision of health care for seniors is a multi-million dollar business with the consumer footing a surprising amount of the bill. Here's how you can be prepared before you or a loved one may need health care.

Nursing Home Abuse - Elder Abuse, Neglect & More

Nursing Home Abuse - Elder Abuse, Neglect & More

Over 3.2 million adults living in nursing homes and other long term care facilities in the U.S. As many as 40 percent of all adults will enter a nursing home at some point during their lives and as the U.S. population ages, the number of nursing home residents is expected to grow. Many of these …

Special Needs

What Happens to Child Support When a Special Needs Child Reaches 18? By Amy A. Edwards

What Happens to Child Support When a Special Needs Child Reaches 18? - Amy Edwards Family Law

What Happens to Child Support When a Special Needs Child Reaches 18? By Amy A. Edwards Before 1979, North Carolina parents had a legal obligation to support their child if he or she was mentally or physically incapable of self-support upon reaching age 18, the age of majority. There was considerable debate about whether to …

Autism Special Needs Checklist: Big Kids (ages 6-12) (for Parents) - KidsHealth

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Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and Special Needs

EFMP + Special Needs - National Military Family Association

Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for active duty service members who have dependent family members with ongoing medical, mental health, or special educational needs.

Support for Siblings of Family Members With Special Needs

eNewsletter Archive | Military OneSource

Find past editions of Military OneSource eNewsletters. Military OneSource monthly eNewsletters feature tips and information on the latest topics, now available on any device.

Special Needs Parent Toolkit

Military Special Needs Families

Having a military family member with special needs there are special considerations and Military OneSource offers assistance for education, financial planning, child care and more.

Grandparents

Grandparents Are Not Default Babysitters! - The Kids Tips & Advice | mom.me

Grandparents Are Not Default Babysitters!

It's not always to grandmother's house we go

Rights of Grandparents - Amy Edwards & Assoc., PLLC

Rights of Grandparents in North Carolina - Amy Edwards Family Law

Rights of Grandparents in North Carolina There are many reasons grandparents (GPs) have their grandchildren living with them. Parents of the children may be deceased or seriously ill, or other times, unwilling or unable to care for their children themselves. When parents have difficulties, such as substance abuse or significant mental health problems, …

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What Happens to Child Support When a Special Needs Child Reaches 18? By Amy A. Edwards

What Happens to Child Support When a Special Needs Child Reaches 18? - Amy Edwards Family Law

What Happens to Child Support When a Special Needs Child Reaches 18? By Amy A. Edwards Before 1979, North Carolina parents had a legal obligation to support their child if he or she was mentally or physically incapable of self-support upon reaching age 18, the age of majority. There was considerable debate about whether to …

North Carolina Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys :: Nursing Home Law Center

North Carolina Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyers

Never accept abusive Our North Carolina nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers aggressively pursue damages against caregivers and nursing facilities that have failed to provide the quality care that your loved ones deserve.

Older Individuals | Nutrition.gov

Older Individuals

Find nutrition information for older adults to eat healthy, reduce disease risk, and deal with changes that affect appetite and eating.

Nursing Home FAQ Nursing Home Abuse Attorney, Laws & Legal Rights

Nursing Home Neglect Attorney | Nursing Home FAQ | Nursing Home Injury Lawyer

Free Consultation - Nursing Home Law Center helps victims and their families receive compensation for their injuries in Nursing Home Neglect and Nursing Home Injury cases. Nursing Home FAQ - Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer

Women and Elder Abuse - Nursing Home Abuse Guide

Women and Elder Abuse - Nursing Home Abuse Guide

As documented cases of elder abuse continue to grow across America, the government and nonprofit organizations are studying the issue and learning more about it. One of the populations that are most vulnerable to elder abuse is women. Women make up at least 65% of total elder abuse victims, and this number may be even …

Autism Special Needs Checklist: Big Kids (ages 6-12) (for Parents) - KidsHealth

Movies, quizzes, and health info for kids

Watch movies, take quizzes, and read all about how your body works and how to be healthy.

Aging Parents To Do List

3 Guides to Help With "The Talk" With Aging Parents, & More Useful Resources - Better Health While Aging

Families often need to talk to aging parents about their concerns, or about planning ahead. Here are 3 online guides, plus tips on tackling common concerns.

When aging parents need help, it can be an overwhelming challenge. These 7 steps help you figure out what to do and create a practical, realistic plan.

7 Steps to Take When Aging Parents Need Help – DailyCaring

When aging parents need help, it can be an overwhelming challenge. These 7 steps help you figure out what to do and create a practical, realistic plan.

Assistance | NCDHHS

Assistance

Elderly bathtub safety

The simple strategy for improving bathtub safety in older adults - Advocating for the Aging

Watch this short video to learn how and why to use a tub transfer bench to improve bathtub safety in older adults. Advocating for the Aging.

An overview of senior care agency costs - Legal-and-Financial - www.ElderCareLink.com

An Overview of Senior Agency Costs

Putting yourself in the care of others can be scary but the real fright comes with the price tag of that care. The provision of health care for seniors is a multi-million dollar business with the consumer footing a surprising amount of the bill. Here's how you can be prepared before you or a loved one may need health care.

Nursing Home Abuse - Elder Abuse, Neglect & More

Nursing Home Abuse - Elder Abuse, Neglect & More

Over 3.2 million adults living in nursing homes and other long term care facilities in the U.S. As many as 40 percent of all adults will enter a nursing home at some point during their lives and as the U.S. population ages, the number of nursing home residents is expected to grow. Many of these …

How to try to understand what a person with Alzheimer's disease is thinking and feeling, so that caregivers can adjust better to troubling behaviors.

Playing Along with A Dementia Patient's Realities

Dementia can cause a number of troubling behaviors in sufferers. Delusions can be especially challenging for family members to deal with. Sometimes a simple change in perspective can improve communication and help daily tasks go more smoothly. Caregivers are often faced with the choice of grounding their loved one or validating their perceptions of reality.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and Special Needs

EFMP + Special Needs - National Military Family Association

Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for active duty service members who have dependent family members with ongoing medical, mental health, or special educational needs.

Support for Siblings of Family Members With Special Needs

eNewsletter Archive | Military OneSource

Find past editions of Military OneSource eNewsletters. Military OneSource monthly eNewsletters feature tips and information on the latest topics, now available on any device.

Special Needs Parent Toolkit

Military Special Needs Families

Having a military family member with special needs there are special considerations and Military OneSource offers assistance for education, financial planning, child care and more.