In all the tumult over the Time magazine expose of pervasive and obscene healthcare billing excesses, you might have missed the almost as exciting discovery that foot massages at work lower blood pressure and anxiety for dementia caregivers. At least one snippy McKnight's reader irately claims this isn't "real news." He or she definitely needs a lengthy foot rub, and possibly half a Xanax dissolved in a cup of chamomile tea.
Caregivers working with seniors who have dementia benefit from foot massages administered during their shifts, suggests new research.
New research shows that caregivers for non-institutionalized elderly consumers view them as "old" when they can't perform everyday consumption tasks on their own — not because of their age.
Here I am in my 40th year of long-term care. It is often said that you cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but that is not totally true. You can teach an old dog new tricks; it's just extremely difficult. In the case of this old dog, it took a near-death experience.
Seniors are generally receptive to the idea of caregiving robots, though they prefer assistance from humans for certain tasks, a new survey finds.
Looking for a cure for compassion fatigue? Try reminding your caregivers of the obvious — that their job is all about giving. Trust me, there is some science to this.
Dementia patients who were able to receive in-home treatment delayed nursing home admission, new research says.
Direct care workers, a group that includes nursing assistants, home health aides and personal care aides, are expected to comprise the United States' largest workforce by 2020, according to a new analysis.
Caregivers for low-income seniors and the disabled often live in poverty or near-poverty themselves, according to a new study.
Senior living operators should find more ways to market and discuss long-term care financing with baby boomers, a new survey suggests.
Government subsidies might help more low-wage workers remain in nursing homes, according to a researcher at the University of Illinois.
Almost 10 million adults over the age of 50 are becoming caregivers for their own parents, resulting in a loss of $3 trillion in wages, pension and Social Security benefits for time taken off from work, according to a new study.
Caregiver matching programs, which help elderly and disabled individuals manage their own home healthcare, are a good fit with various provisions of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, according to a new study.
People who develop Alzheimer's disease typically experience up to six years of accelerated mental decline before the disease presents itself, according to new research.
One-third of paid caregivers who work for clients who live in their own homes had difficulty reading and understanding health-related information and instructions. Furthermore, 60% of them made medication errors involving their clients, according to Northwestern University researchers, who say the study is the first of its kind.
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday said $68 million in grant money is available to help seniors, the disabled and their caregivers better understand options for long-term care.
Robot helpers for the elderly could be available in as little as three years, recent reports from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggest.
"If you should survive to 105, look at all you'll derive out of being alive," goes the Frank Sinatra tune. Now, research is backing up that sentiment, as scientists report that people who live longer tend to have a more optimistic view toward life.