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States finally take notice of family caregiver plight

Iraq war veteran Doug Mercer had been home in McAlester, Oklahoma, for just four days when he was in a motorcycle accident that left him broken and brain-damaged. His wife Michelle became his caregiver after he left the hospital.

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Study reveals surprising truths about caregivers

Caregiving is a part of daily life for millions of Americans, particularly the so-called sandwich generation balancing the needs of aging parents with looking after their own children. A new study looks at just who is doing that caregiving, and whom they’re caring for — and some of the findings are surprising. The study found […]

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More stressful to care for spouse than mom

“Your relationship changes. Life as you know it becomes different,” said Raymond Collins, 62, of Houston, who retired early in part to spend time with his wife, Karen.

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Sandler movie offers tool to soothe Alzheimer’s patients

For 94-year-old Louise Irving, who suffers from dementia, waking up every day to a video with a familiar face and a familiar voice seems to spark a flicker of recognition.

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Hoffman pens book from caregiving experience

Hoffman lost both parents and her mother-in-law, and her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

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A push to open doors to care for homebound

There is an enormous hidden population of older adults in America suffering behind closed doors largely because they aren’t strong or well enough to leave their homes, for healthcare or anything else. This is among the worrisome findings of a new study. “The homebound population of older adults is 50 percent larger than the nursing […]

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