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Enhance communications skills with a frail family member

By Angela Rocheleau There are many key factors that will help caregivers be successful as they care for aging family members, perhaps none more important as communication. As with all facets of life, communication is paramount to achieving any goal successfully. Being an effective communicator with verbal and nonverbal skills is even more important when […]

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Alzheimer’s debate: Test if can’t treat?

Here’s why it’s an issue: Many people have brain plaques, suggesting they might be developing Alzheimer’s even if they don’t have any symptoms.

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When Does Medicare Pay for Skilled Nursing Services?

By Sheila Blair Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have become more and more sophisticated over the years, offering more complex medical services to a much broader population beyond just the elderly. Skilled services may be nursing-related, rehabilitative therapy-related or both, and are intended for patients who need more frequent intervention than is available with home health […]

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Emergency center, Mass. 2-1-1 helps with elderly concerns

Participants from over 80 state agencies and service organizations were not only discussing possible scenarios in which immediate action to save lives would be necessary, but making sure 2-1-1 was ready to handle the thousands of expected calls from people reporting power outages and flood damage and requesting emergency services.

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Builders cite rise in ‘mother-in-law suites’

Betsy McCann and her husband, Jim Forbes, often worried that his mother was growing isolated in her Los Angeles-area home. At 90, Lois Brokus had stopped driving and was sometimes afraid to be alone in her house.

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AARP’s campaign suggest ways to prepare for disasters

AARP’s Create The Good’s Operation Emergency Prepare toolkit helps individuals and groups get organized before an emergency or natural disaster takes place. The free guide is available at createthegood.org and lays out how to gather resources and prepare. Here are samples of do-ahead tasks: •Secure vital documents. Keep copies in a waterproof container (or a […]

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