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The silver lining in the caregiver crisis

The silver lining in the caregiver crisis

As we enter the holiday season, AARP's recent report on caregiving highlights the impact of changing demographics in American households: there will be dramatic shortages of paid and unpaid caregivers by 2050 in the US.

Playing it forward

Playing it forward

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It wasn't expected. He just up and died. One day he was happily walking the Earth with the rest of us, the next he was gone. I barely knew him and don't know the back-story, just that it happened at home, where he lived alone, and that he left an accordion. I know that because it's mine now.

Early dementia screening is accurate but pointless, researchers find

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Assessment tools can effectively identify people in the early stages of dementia, but existing evidence suggests there is no pressing reason to do this type of cognitive screening, according to newly published research.

Senior care priorities and questions

Senior care priorities and questions

Why is there such a divergence in senior care when state and federal regulations are pretty much the same across this great country of ours? I suspect the answer lies in how individual organizations prioritize their spending. We must allot more for caregiver training.

Lawmakers want all direct caregivers to be licensed

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Iowa lawmakers are considering legislation that would require direct care workers in nursing homes to be licensed and meet training standards.

Happy holidays: 'tis the season for more rehab work

Happy holidays: 'tis the season for more rehab work

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It's that time of year again, the when our hospitals and nursing facilities start to fill up with patients suffering from new fractures, falls, pneumonia and other cardio-pulmonary diseases. However, have we ever thought to provide additional therapy services to our residents (and their family members) who plan to go out for the holidays?

CNAs, home health aides in huge demand, but struggles ahead, experts warn

CNAs, home health aides in huge demand, but struggles ahead, experts warn

Certified nursing assistants and home health aides will continue to be in huge demand, but a lack of training and low pay could mean a labor crisis for nursing facilities, home health agencies and even hospitals, according to a joint report from Kaiser Health News and The Washington Post.

Baby boomers may need to find new, innovative care networks, report finds

As death rates continue to fall, baby boomers will have to develop non-traditional caregiver networks, or pay for long-term care facility care, according to a new report.

For some seniors, family support increases end-of-life fears

Some groups of elderly people actually report being more afraid of death if they have a strong family network of caregivers, a new study finds.

Database of caregivers to be available March 1, but it is incomplete, news investigation finds

Database of caregivers to be available March 1, but it is incomplete, news investigation finds

After 22 years of delays, a federal database of potentially dangerous caregivers will be made available to healthcare providers on March 1. But a news report finds that thousands of disciplinary records are missing from it.

Health Affairs journal devotes January issue to long-term care

Health Affairs journal devotes January issue to long-term care

The health policy journal Health Affairs is releasing an issue today on long-term care and related services, and the challenges confronting caregiving.

Everyone needs a long-term care plan

Everyone needs a long-term care plan

My parents wisely purchased long-term care insurance. They have showed me that now more than ever, it's important to think ahead.

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