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  • Common Signs of Elder Abuse

    What is Elder Abuse?

    In general, elder abuse refers to intentional or neglectful acts by a caregiver or “trusted” individual that lead to, or may lead to, harm of a vulnerable elder. In
    many states, younger adults with disabilities may qualify for the same services and protections. Physical abuse; neglect; emotional or psychological abuse; financial abuse and exploitation; sexual abuse; and abandonment are considered forms of elder abuse. In many states, self-neglect is also considered mistreatment.

    Who is at Risk?

    Elder abuse can occur anywhere – in the home, in nursing homes, or other institutions. It affects seniors across all socio-economic groups, cultures, and races. Based on available information, women and “older” elders are= more likely to be victimized. Dementia is a significant risk= factor. Mental health and substance abuse issues – of both abusers and victims – are risk factors. Isolation can also contribute to risk.

    Red Flags of Abuse

    Does someone you know—a senior or adult with a disability—display any warning signs of mistreatment?

  • Falls Free® Initiative

    You might think you’re never going to fall, but the truth is 1 in 4 older adults fall every year in the U.S.  Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury.  The good news is that most falls are preventable. Start by learning 6 easy steps:

  • Holiday Hints for Alzheimer's Caregivers

    Holidays can be meaningful, enriching times for both the person with Alzheimer’s disease and his or her family. Maintaining or adapting family rituals and traditions helps all family members feel a sense of belonging and family identity. For a person with Alzheimer’s, this link with a familiar past is reassuring.

    However, when celebrations, special events, or holidays include many people, this can cause confusion and anxiety for a person with Alzheimer’s. He or she may find some situations easier and more pleasurable than others. The tips below can help you and the person with Alzheimer’s visit and reconnect with family, friends, and neighbors during holidays.

  • How Caregivers Can Get Involved In an Election

    While casting a vote on November 8 is the primary way that an American citizen can contribute to the democratic process, volunteering affords caregivers and their loved ones additional opportunities to participate in the presidential election.

  • Long Distance Caregiving

    Long distance caregiving tips for success

    If you live an hour or more away from a person who needs care, you are a long-distance caregiver. This kind of care can take many forms—from helping with money management  and arranging for in-home care to providing respite care for a primary caregiver and planning for emergencies.

    Long-distance caregiving presents unique challenges. If you find yourself in the long-distance caregiving role, here is a summary of things to keep in mind.

  • Long Term Care

    What Is Long-Term Care?

    Long-term care involves a variety of services designed to meet a person's health or personal care needs during a short or long period of time. These services help people live as independently and safely as possible when they can no longer perform everyday activities on their own.

  • Millennial Caregivers Strained By Significant Pressures

    August 6, 2018

    The Wall Street Journal (8/6, Ansberry, Subscription Publication) reports that as the US ages, caregivers are increasingly becoming younger, with Millennials comprising 24 percent of the nation’s unpaid caregivers, an increase from 22 percent in 2009, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. The Journal cites experts who explain that Millennial caregivers often are strained by their responsibilities and may postpone events such as advancing in careers, and even sustain financial strain. About one-third of Millennial caregivers has an average household income of less than $30,000, and most work full-time while dedicating an average 21 hours per week to caregiving.

    Full article at Wall Street Journal (8/6, Ansberry, Subscription Publication)

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  • Mortgage Relief Scams

    Fraudsters use a variety of tactics to find homeowners in distress. Some sift through public foreclosure notices in newspapers and on the internet or through public files at local government offices, and then send personalized letters to homeowners. Others take a broader approach through ads on the internet, on television or radio, or in newspapers; posters on telephone poles, median strips, and at bus stops; or flyers, business cards, or people at your front door. The scam artists use simple – but potentially deceptive – messages, like:

    "Stop foreclosure now!"

    "Get a loan modification!"

    "Over 90% of our customers get results."

    "We have special relationships with banks that can speed up the approval process."

    "100% Money Back Guarantee."

    "Keep Your Home. We know your home is scheduled to be sold. No Problem!"

    Once they have your attention, they use a variety of tactics to get your money. By knowing how their scams work, the FTC says you'll be better able to defend against fraud.

  • New tests aim to support improvements in care for those dealing with delirium

    Delirium—an acute decline in cognition and attention affecting more than 7 million hospitalized Americans every year—takes a significant toll on older adults and family caregivers. To better understand this burden, NIA-funded researchers developed and tested questionnaires that measure factors such as awareness of symptoms, situational stress, and emotional response. The results, published online May 8 in The Gerontologist, may provide a first step toward improving the experience of those affected by delirium.

  • Spotting Elder Abuse: Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers

    From a distance, it can be hard to assess the quality of your family member’s caregivers. Ideally, if there is a primary caregiver on the scene, he or she can keep tabs on how things are going.

  • Stepping Stones to a Positive In-Home Care Experience

    As a loved one ages, the family caregiver often realizes that their home care needs are greater than anticipated or require more advanced care-giving than they are able to provide.

  • Taking Care of Yourself: Tips for Caregivers

    Tips for Caregivers

    Taking care of yourself is one of the most important things you can do as a caregiver. Make sure you’re eating healthy, being active, and taking time for yourself.

  • Understanding Older Drivers

    Getting older does not necessarily mean a person's driving days are over. But it’s important to plan ahead and take steps to ensure the safety of your loved ones on the road. Learn more about how to recognize and discuss changes in your older loved one's driving.