Information and advice for caregivers who are making long-term care decisions impacted by a physically or emotionally abusive relationship with their care recipient.
ADL; Basic tasks of everyday life assessed in the categories of dressing, bathing, eating, transferring, and toileting.
Information and advice on providing care or support for someone who is suffering from addiction to a substance, thing, or activity.
Care or companionship programs for older adults who need assistance or supervision during the day.
Disposable product for men and women dealing with urinary or bowel incontinence.
Living Will; A legal document that communicates a person's wishes regarding lifesaving medical treatments. The document is often used when the individual can no longer communicate.
A decline in physical and cognitive ability noted with age that is not related to the diagnosis of any specific disorder. Proactive lifestyle changes have been shown to delay or reduce the degree of decline in abilities.
The ability to continue to live in one's home safely and independently regardless of age or ability level.
A&A; An increased VA pension that eligible veterans and their single surviving spouses may qualify for if they have a regular need for assistance and supervision provided by a caregiver.
Information about seniors and alcoholism and resources for caregivers who are providing care that is complicated by issues with alcohol abuse.
Aging and allergies; dealing with allergens that activate a reaction in a person's immune system causing inflammation in the skin, sinuses, airways, or digestive system.
A group of cognitive and psychological symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of progressive dementia.
Information and resources for seniors dealing with anemia; the condition in which the blood has a lower than normal number of red blood cells.
Tips and advice for dealing with feelings of anger, annoyance, or hostility while caregiving.
Advice and support for providing care complicated by the care recipient's lack of awareness of their deficit or impairment.
Antimicrobial drugs that are used in the treatment of bacterial infections.
Intense, persistent and generalized worry or fear that is out of proportion with any actual danger and interferes with daily functioning.
A state agency that provides information, resources and referrals to community services for seniors, individuals with disabilities and family caregivers.
Information and resources for seniors dealing with inflammation in one or more joints, often painful and sometimes causing stiffness and a lack of mobility.
As a general rule to qualify for long-term care Medicaid, single applicants must have $2,000 or less in countable assets. Asset limits for married couples vary by state, Medicaid program, and whether one or both spouses are applying for Medicaid.
A financial plan to protect assets from creditors. An asset protection trust is a financial tool that can be created in an attempt to qualify for Medicaid. Transferring funds to an asset protection trust are subject to Medicaid's five-year look back period.
ALF; A residential setting with varied levels of services providing assistance with activities of daily living.
A person or physician knowingly and intentionally providing another person with the knowledge or means to commit suicide. Physician assisted suicide is legal in 5 US states; Oregon, Vermont, Washington, California and Montana.
Tips and advice for helping a senior with bathing, showering and maintaining personal hygiene.
Pressure ulcers; Injuries to the skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin.
Marked changes in a senior's mood, personality or behavior may be a warning sign of more serious cognitive or health issues.
Resources and support for caregivers assisting and supporting someone with cancer that forms in the cells of the bladder.
Urinary incontinence; Loss of bladder control, which may result in occasional leaking when a person coughs or sneezes and/or sudden urges strong enough to prevent a person from reaching a bathroom in time.
Information and resources to help seniors who are dealing with blood clots.
A measure of the amount of glucose in the blood, which is regulated by the pancreas through the production of insulin.
Information and resources for caregivers who are providing care for someone with cancer that forms in the cells of the breasts.
A fracture in the upper portion of the femur at the point where the it joins the pelvic bone.
Inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes. Bronchitis may be either acute or chronic.
Information, advice and support for caregivers experiencing burnout; a physical and mental consequence of caregiver stress.
Clostridium difficile; A type of bacteria that causes diarrhea, fever and inflammation of the colon. C. diff infection is spread by spores found in feces. Older adults in health care facilities are most at risk following the use of antibiotics.
Information, advice and support for caregivers providing assistance in meeting the daily needs of someone with a cancer diagnosis.
Decisions regarding a patient's care plan based on living environment, health diagnosis, and current and future needs.
A plan of care that professional caregivers use to ensure a patient's needs are met in a timely, effective manner. The plan is customized to meet the patient's diagnosis and preferences, and is adjusted as needs change over time. The care plan usually indicates responsibilities of each member of the care team.
The family members and professionals involved in facilitating the provision of care.
Emotional support and guidance provided for families, partners and other caregivers who are providing care for another adult.
Providing companionship, support and/or assistance with activities of daily living to another adult with physical, cognitive, or psychological needs.
Information and resources for seniors dealing with cataracts, a medical condition causing clouding of the eye's natural lens resulting in vision loss.
An autoimmune response to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, that causes damage to the small intestine.
The use of medications or drugs to treat disease. Most often referred to as the medications used to destroy cancer cells.
An IRS exemption for qualified individuals who are not an eligible dependent to another taxpayer, has minimal gross income, and at least half of whose financial support is paid by the claimant.
A measurable decline in cognitive abilities including memory and thinking skills, often attributed to the progression of Alzheimer's or other form of dementia.
Information and resources for caregivers who are providing assistance and support for someone with cancer that forms in the cells of the large intestine.
Resources and advice for dealing with changes or complications in the ability to communicate due to illness or injury. Medical conditions may cause communication disorders such as aphasia, loss of word recall and repetitive language.
A chronic heart condition that decreases the heart muscles ability to pump blood and causes shortness of breath, weakness, and swelling.
Information, tips and advice for caregivers of seniors dealing with infrequent bowel movements or difficulty passing stool persisting for several weeks.
CCRC; A residential community offering a variety of living options often ranging from independent living to skilled nursing care within the same campus.
Information and resources for seniors living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing and chronic cough can be treated, but COPD cannot be cured.
The most common type of heart disease, a condition in which the major blood vessels that supply the heart with blood, oxygen and nutrients become damaged or diseased.
Information, resources and advice for seniors and caregivers dealing with the impact of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on long-term care decisions and senior health.
Information, advice and resources about cremation, the process of burning remains to ash.
Advice, information and support for family caregivers who are providing long-term care for their father.
Resources and information for families who are managing a senior's debt or dealing with financial planning for aging parents when money is owed or due.
Information and advice for dealing with a senior experiencing delusions; false beliefs maintained despite contradiction by reality. Delusions in the elderly, often resulting from cognitive impairment, may cause suspicion and paranoid behavior.
As dementia progresses, behaviors change in response to increased confusion, paranoia, anger, and agitation. Behaviors may include sleeplessness, wandering, repetitive actions, and verbal or physical aggression.
Wandering behavior among people with dementia often leading to getting lost. Patients often have a clear purpose in their intent, however are confused about their current surroundings.
Information and advice about dental care for older adults, and caregiver tips for dealing with oral hygiene for a person with dementia.
Resources and information regarding seniors and depression; a mood disorder causing persistent sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest in hobbies and activities occurring every day for a period of at least 2 weeks.
A disease that occurs when the blood glucose level is too high. Type 1 is usually diagnosed in children and young adults and is also known as juvenile diabetes. Type 2 is known as adult-onset diabetes.
Standardized criteria to help evaluate and diagnose diseases and mental health disorders.
Nutrition information for older adults, as well as tips and advice for caregivers who are helping a senior maintain a proper diet while dealing with chronic illnesses that affect eating and appetite.
Advice, practical tips, and support for family caregivers caring for an elderly loved one experiencing difficulty walking caused by age related decline, medications, arthritis, Parkinson's or overall decreased mobility.
Advice and support for caregivers who are assisting an elderly loved one who is disabled by a mental or physical condition limiting movement, senses, cognition, or activities.
An order written by a physician expressing a patient's expressed medical wishes for end of life or emergency medical treatment.
Information, advice and practical tips for dealing with an elderly parent or spouse who continues to drive regardless of safety to self or others.
Information and advice for family caregivers supporting an elderly loved one who is experiencing substance abuse issues; The chronic misuse of prescription and/or non prescription substances leading to physical or psychological harm.
A legal document that assigns authority to an agent to act on your behalf in specific matters as outlined by the document. A durable POA includes language that extends the authority to the agent to act on your behalf should you become mentally incompetent.
A form of dementia that develops symptoms before the age of 65. In some cases, early-onset Alzheimer's disease has a genetic component and is related to a genetic mutation directly contributing to the disease, known as Familial Alzheimer's disease.
Articles, practical tips, and information for seniors and caregivers dealing with edema; swelling caused by excess fluids trapped in body tissue.
Advice, tips and support for caregivers assisting an elderly loved one who they suspect is being abused, neglected or mistreated resulting in physical harm or financial loss.
Advocates for the elderly who specialize in legal matters affecting older individuals including estate planning, Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid, guardianship and the preparation of documents indicating advance directives and power of attorney.
Resources for seniors and caregivers who are seeking emergency care for an elderly parent or spouse who is experiencing an acute condition or injury.
Articles, practical tips, and resources for family caregivers about death and dying. Get help and advice from the experience of other caregivers caring for an elderly loved one showing signs indicating the end of life is near.
Information, resources, and advice for caregivers and family members who are supporting a senior who is experiencing physical symptoms indicating the body's transition to death.
Advice and practical tips for developing and updating estate plans. Get information and expert advice on the legal documents that arrange for the distribution of assets at the time of a person's death.
Information and advice regarding maintaining physical activity as an individual ages to improve overall senior health and physical fitness.
Advice and practical tips on reducing the risk factors leading to trips and falls for seniors and those with decreased mobility.
Practical tips, and advice for seniors experiencing an increase in falls. Get help and recommendations from other caregivers coping with a senior's decreased mobility and loss of balance.
Information and articles from experts as well as advice and support from other caregivers who are assisting a family member due to illness or age related decline.
Resources and support for seniors and caregivers who are coping with anxiety or apprehension regarding the process of dying.
A medical device inserted into the stomach through the abdomen used to supply nutrition for those who cannot obtain nutrition by mouth.
A chronic condition causing widespread muscle pain, fatigue, sleep issues, and painful widespread trigger points all over the body.
A comprehensive plan of investments using current assets to create a plan of income for a future event such as retirement.
A legal document that assigns authority to an agent to act on your behalf in specific financial matters outlined by the document.
Advice, tips and support for caregivers providing care for seniors diagnosed with the flu- An infectious disease caused by the influenza virus.
A guide to the legal forms and documents all seniors should have in place related to future care and end of life wishes. Explore POA, Advance Directives, Will, HIPPA and other estate planning documents.
Expert advice, warnings and caregivers tips regarding wrongful or criminal actions aimed at elderly people.
Advice, tips and support for caregivers assisting seniors diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a disease that results in progressive damage to the temporal and/or frontal lobes of the brain. FTD is marked by personality and behavior changes that are often misdiagnosed as mental illness.
Resources and practical advice regarding end-of-life preferences, including funeral planning guides, instructions for immediately following death, and the pre-payment of cremation or pre-planned funeral arrangements.
Geriatrician; A physician who specializes in the field of medicine that focuses on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease and disability among older adults.
A group of eye conditions that progressively damage the optic nerve and result in vision loss.
Federal programs providing benefits to eligible adults, including: Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Welfare, unemployment benefits, and/or food stamps.
Advice, information and support for family caregivers who are providing long-term care for their grandparent(s).
Advice, tips and support for caregivers who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Get expert advice and tips from family caregivers on coping with end-of-life issues.
A person appointed by the court system to handle an individuals affairs when that person has been ruled incompetent.
Advice, tips and caregiver support for family caregivers experiencing guilt or regret regarding care decisions made while caring for an aging spouse or parent.
Information to help understand and manage hallucinations in older adults. Find articles and caregiver Q&A regarding visual, auditory, olfactory, or tactile sensations that appear to be real but are created in the mind.
Advance Directive, Living Will; A legal document that communicates a person's wishes regarding lifesaving medical treatments. The document is often used when the individual can no longer communicate.
Insurance coverage obtained to pay for medical and surgical expenses incurred by the insured.
The natural process of aging in which healthy lifestyle choices lead to better physical, cognitive, and mental health in older adults.
Advice and support for family caregivers providing care for a senior diagnosed with hearing loss. Get caregiver tips and strategies for coping with daily care for a hearing impaired loved one.
Resources and support for seniors and caregivers dealing with heart disease.
The presence of blood in the urine.
Hep C, HCV; A blood borne viral infection that causes liver inflammation and may result in liver damage.
Information and advice for seniors and caregivers who are supporting someone who is dealing with hypertension. Blood pressure is the measure of the force of circulating blood against the artery walls during and between heartbeats.
Resources for seniors and caregivers who are providing care for seniors diagnosed with high cholesterol—an elevated level of lipoproteins in the blood. Consistently high cholesterol levels can lead to hardening of the arteries, stroke and other serious medical conditions.
A reparative surgical procedure in which either the upper quarter of the thigh bone is replaced (partial) or both the hip socket and upper thigh bone are replaced (total).
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; a federal law limiting who can receive a person's health information. A signed HIPAA document is an important part of a senior's plan of care.
Tips and information for caregivers and seniors who are dealing with hoarding behaviors; a compulsive urge to acquire large amounts of possessions and a persistent difficulty discarding or parting with them.
Care that allows a person with a need for support or assistance to stay in the home. Home care is classified into two categories, home health care and non-medical in-home care.
Skilled medical services provided in the home by nurses, occupational, speech, or physical therapists.
Home improvements, repairs, and/or remodeling that allow older adults to safely stay in their homes for as long as possible.
Safety tips for in and around a senior's home.
HT, HRT; Medications containing hormones to replace the ones the body stops producing, commonly prescribed after a woman reaches menopause.
A form of palliative care for terminally ill patients. A team oriented approach to end of life care that includes medical care, pain management, and emotional support for patients, their family, and caregivers.
Resources and support for family caregivers providing care for a senior who has been hospitalized. Find caregiver tips for those placed in a health care facility for in-patient, out-patient or emergency care.
Resources for caregivers in the process of transitioning care for an elderly loved one from a hospital to another treatment facility or back to the home. A discharge plan is the individualized care plan that coordinates care and services to be continued outside of the hospital with the goal of preventing re-hospitalization.
Caregiving tips and advice indicated to be amusing or comic. Take a moment to find and share humor with other caregivers.
Information for seniors and caregivers about dehydration. Proper hydration allows for sufficient absorption of water in the body to lubricate muscles and skin, help the organs work efficiently, and keep the body from overheating.
Resources and support for caregivers assisting seniors with hygiene issues. Caregiver advice on maintaining hygiene practices in the elderly to maintain health, cleanliness, and prevent infection and disease.
Information and resources about incontinence in older adults. Find articles and advice, tips, and support for caregivers assisting seniors with incontinence issues.
Housing communities designed for seniors to live independently within a planned development, often referred to as "retirement" communities.
The body's response to harmful stimuli such as bacteria, viruses, allergens, and/or irritants.
Complex tasks that are necessary for truly independent living. Skill levels ranging from proficient to needing assistance are measured in the areas of cooking, medication management, shopping, communicating, managing finances, transportation, and performing household chores and tasks.
A chronic intestinal disorder affecting the large intestine, causing gas, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain and cramping.
Information, tips and advice for seniors and caregivers experiencing pain in their joints commonly caused by inflammation.
Advice, tips and information for caregivers providing care for a senior experiencing kidney failure; The gradual loss of the kidney's ability to filter wastes from the blood and toxins from the body.
Advice, tips and information for family caregivers providing care for a senior considering knee replacement; A surgical procedure in which the damaged part of the knee is removed and replaced with an artificial joint made of metal or plastic.
Resources and support for seniors and caregivers who are dealing with LBD- Abnormal clumps of proteins in the brain that cause a progressive and non reversible form of dementia.
A contract between a private insurance company and an individual that pays a lump-sum death benefit to a beneficiary in exchange for premium payments over the lifetime of the policy holder.
Advice, tips and support for caregivers providing care for a senior diagnosed with liver disease; Damage to the liver caused by genetics, virus, or substance abuse that leads to cirrhosis and can lead to liver failure.
Articles and caregiver Q&A regarding seniors who have the financial and functional ability to continue living independently.
Revocable trust; A legal document that identifies assets that are placed into a trust and remain under your control while living, then pass to a beneficiary upon death without going through probate.
A legal document that communicates a person's wishes regarding lifesaving medical treatments. The document is often used when the individual can no longer communicate.
Loneliness in the Elderly : Advice, tips and support for family caregivers and seniors experiencing loneliness brought on by isolation or lack of companionship. Get help, recommendations, and emotional support from the experience of other caregivers.
A range of services and support which help meet both the medical and non-medical needs of people who cannot care for themselves for an extended period of time.
A policy sold by a private insurance company to cover costs associated with long-term care that are not covered by traditional health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.
Coordinating the care of another individual who needs support with activities of daily living while living a distance away from the care recipient.
Information and advice for family caregivers who are dealing with a senior experiencing decrease in appetite and lack of feelings of hunger, often leading to unintentional weight loss.
Information and advice for seniors and caregivers dealing with loss of coordination. Get tips for coping with ataxia, muscle weakness, or loss of balance causing uncoordinated body movements.
Advice, information and support for seniors and caregivers dealing with the absence or loss of the sense of taste, often concurrently experienced with the loss of sense of smell.
Information and advice for caregivers providing care for a senior experiencing vision loss. Tips for caring for elders whose decrease in vision causes difficulty completing everyday tasks.
Information and resources for caregivers who are providing assistance and support for someone with cancer that forms in the cells of one or both lungs. There are three types that affect treatment options and prognosis: non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer and lung carcinoid tumor.
Advice, information and support for caregivers providing care for a senior diagnosed with lung disease or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Deterioration of the central area of the retina (macula) that may result in blurred vision and eventual vision loss.
Articles, advice, and support for family caregivers whose marital relationship has been impacted by caring for an elderly parent, spouse or other loved one.
A jointly funded federal and state program that provides health insurance for qualifying individuals with medical needs, low-income and little to no assets. Eligibility and benefit distribution widely varies and is determined by each state.
A set timeframe over which the federal government will "look back" to examine spending patterns in determining an applicant's Medicaid eligibility. Any financial transaction during this time period that is perceived as motivated by an attempt to qualify for Medicaid is subject to penalty resulting in ineligibility. The look back period is 5 years prior to the Medicaid application date, with the exception of applicants living in California who are subject to a 2.5 yrs look back period.
The process of spending assets down to allowable levels to allow you to become eligible for Medicaid. Allowable asset amounts and spending timelines are determined by the state in which the applicant resides.
Information and advice from caregivers on the comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of a senior's physical health.
Devices used for patient care being managed in the home. Consumable supplies are disposable and intended for single use, durable medical equipment is intended for repeated use such as wheelchairs, hospital beds, walkers, canes, oxygen, etc.
A legal document that assigns authority to an agent to act on your behalf in specific medical matters outlined by the document.
The federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain young people with disabilities, and people with end-stage renal disease.
Medicare Part C; a Medicare plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide you Part A and Part B benefits.
October 15–December 7; The annual time period allowing individuals to make changes to Medicare and prescription drug coverage for the following year.
Medicare Hospital Insurance that covers inpatient hospital stays, care in a skilled nursing facility, hospice care, and some health care. Along with Medicare Part B, Part A is also known as Original Medicare.
Medicare benefits that cover certain doctors' services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services. Also known as Original Medicare, most people have Medicare Part A and Part B coverage managed by the federal government.
Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage. Part D adds prescription drug coverage to original Medicare.
Medigap; an additional standardized program offered by private insurance companies intended to cover costs that original Medicare does not cover.
Information, tips and advice for helping a senior safely use and manage their medications– often complicated by an older adult's use of multiple medications.
Information, resources and tips for understanding and assisting a senior with the prescription and over the counter drugs used to treat illness or maintain health.
Residential care for patients who have been diagnosed with cognitive impairment and need assistance with activities of daily living. Memory care units are often distinct areas within larger senior housing communities.
Resources and support for caregivers and seniors coping with confusion or inability to recall short- or long-term memories. Often a symptom of a more serious medical condition.
Expert articles, tips and advice from other caregivers on managing menopause when coupled with the stress and responsibilities of caregiving.
Advice, information and support for family caregivers who are either providing hands-on care or making long-term care decisions concerning an older adults mental health.
A primary headache disorder that causes moderate to severe pain, sensitivity to light, smell and sometimes nausea and vomiting.
Resources and support for caregivers and seniors coping with beginning or early stages of dementia; A minor but measurable decline in memory and cognitive abilities.
Information, resources and advice for caregivers assisting seniors who are experiencing age related decline or illness that has impacted their ability to physically move.
The progression of cognitive impairment to a more noticeable stage often including difficulty recalling words, increased difficulty with daily tasks, and an increase in unexpected behaviors. Divided into 3 stages, the middle stage of dementia is often the longest lasting.
Advice, information and support for family caregivers who are providing long-term care for their mother.
Moving a Senior : Resources, tips and advice for successfully transitioning a senior into a new residence.
Caregiver resources and information on the most common form of vascular dementia, caused by damage to tissue in the brain after a series of small strokes resulting in memory loss.
Living with elderly parents; Advice and support for those providing care for a senior while sharing a household. Caregiver tips for coping while more than one generation shares living space.
An excessive interest in oneself, often accompanied by grandiose views of one's abilities , a lack of empathy for others, and an excessive need for admiration. A persistent pattern of pathological narcissistic traits is diagnosed as narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).
Information and articles for seniors and caregivers dealing with conditions or complications that cause malfunction of the nerves.
Advice, information, and caregiver support for those who are new to the role of caregiving for an elderly loved one. Learn from the tips and practical advice of elder care experts and other family caregivers.
Information and advice for seniors and caregivers who are working with a nurse as part of their geriatric care team.
Resources for dealing with older adults who exhibit a pattern of obsessive behaviors, or recurrent and persistent thoughts and urges that cause distress and anxiety.
Articles, tips and advice for coping with the impact of a diminished or lost sense of smell.
Information and resources for caregivers and seniors dealing with osteoporosis, a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue.
Information and advice for seniors and caregivers coping with the impact of physical suffering or discomfort. Tips for recognizing, understanding and alleviating pain in older adults.
Care focused on the provision of comfort and relief from the stress and symptoms of serious illness. Palliative care can be started at any phase of an illness and can be provided in conjunction with curative treatment.
Paranoia & Dementia: Resources, advice and support for coping with suspicions, accusations, and delusional behavior in the elderly.
Articles, expert resources and online support for family caregivers who are providing care or making long term care decisions for their elderly parents.
A progressive disease of the nervous system that gradually decreases the amount of dopamine produced in the body. The loss of dopamine impacts movement and is marked by tremors, muscle rigidity, and the inability to control motor skills.
Articles, resources and tips from other caregivers to help determine methods to pay for a senior's ongoing long-term care needs.
A medical alert system, often wearable, that alerts an off site resource or caregiver of the need for emergency assistance.
Pets & Seniors: Information and advice about the benefits and challenges of involving a pet in the life of an older adult.
Treatment through physical methods such as massage, exercise, and electrotherapy to restore or enhance movement.
Lung inflammation caused by a bacterial or viral infection that results in fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
Poor hygiene is a form of self neglect. Find information and advice about handling a senior who no longer has the ability to attend to personal needs or provide basic self care.
A legal document that assigns authority to an agent to act on your behalf in specific matters outlined by the document.
Content on this site indicated to be manufactured for the provision of comfort, safety, and/or assistance in senior care.
The gland located between the bladder and the penis that functions to produce fluid that nourishes and protects sperm.
Cancer that forms in the cells of the prostate gland.
Content on this site indicated as providing instructions for preparing a dish.
Physical activity participated in for enjoyment and improved health.
Objection to or refusal to accept necessary medical, social, or other care services.
An in-patient facility providing therapy and treatment to restore functioning after an illness or injury. Often rehabilitation centers are used in the transition between hospital and home or long-term care.
Family & Relationships: Tips, caregiver support and advice about the impact caring for an elderly loved one has on inter-personal relationships.
The designation of an individual or organization appointed to receive SSI benefits for anyone who can not administer their own benefits. The SSA will investigate, approve and designate the representative payee who is then required to regularly report their accounting practices on behalf of the beneficiary.
Respite care, whether provided by friends and family, professional caregivers, or a short-term stay at a senior living facility helps family caregivers avoid caregiver burnout.
A residential community designated for occupancy by older adults. Although generally established for independent living, community bylaws often indicate minimum age requirements for residents. Activities and amenities are provided by the community for the benefit of the residents.
A loan borrowed against the value of one's home. The agreement allows an eligible homeowner who is at least 62 years old to borrow against available equity while they remain in their home. The loan must be repaid once the borrower's primary residence changes or upon their death.
The act of giving up something of value in order to help another person.
The generation of people caring for both their children and their aging parents.
Something a person or group does to fulfill physical, social, and/or intellectual needs.
Apartment style housing specifically designated for older adults.
Common medical conditions associated with older adults.
Various types of housing available to older adults that provide a range of assistive services depending on the level of care needed. Housing options include independent senior living communities, assisted living, and skilled nursing facilities.
A serious response to infection in which the body over acts and injures its own tissue, organs, and may lead to death.
A later, more serious stage of dementia marked by the inability to respond to one's surroundings, communicate and control movement.
Articles, information and advice for family caregivers about sexuality in the elderly.
Skin eruptions and pain along the spinal and cranial nerves caused by the reactivation of the herpes zoster (chickenpox) virus.
Sibling Issues in Caregiving : Advice, tips and support for family caregivers who are dealing with sibling issues.
Changes in thinking and memory that indicate the onset of dementia.
Nursing home; Licensed healthcare residences for individuals who require a higher level of medical care than can be provided in an assisted living facility.
Advice, tips and support for family caregivers about elderly skin care. Tips for cleansing, maintaining, and tending to aging skin as part of maintaining senior health.
A sleep disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes.
Information, resources and support for dealing with elderly sleep issues. Get expert advice and caregiver tips for coping with changes in an aging parent or loved one's patterns of sleep.
Caring for a Spouse : Advice, tips and support for family caregivers who are providing long term care for a spouse.
The body's physical and emotional response to pressure or threat.
A condition in which blood flow to the brain is cut off depriving the brain of oxygen and glucose.
The chronic misuse of prescription and/or non prescription substances leading to physical or psychological harm.
Sundowning; The occurrence of sadness, agitation, fear, and other mood and behavior changes that occur in dementia patients just before dark.
Caregiver Support Groups: Resources, advice and support for family caregivers. Connect with others who are caring for an aging family member to vent, share tips and find online emotional support.
The process of making something pass from the mouth through the throat and esophagus into the stomach. The inability to swallow is known as dysphagia.
Resources and information about tax issues for the elderly. Get expert advice and caregiver tips on senior tax credits, tax breaks for medical expenses, and claiming an elderly dependent.
An irreversible disease that cannot be cured and will likely lead to death.
Treatment of a medical or psychological condition with the intent of rehabilitation or social adjustment.
The butterfly shaped endocrine gland in the front of the neck that creates hormones affecting metabolism.
To assist or supervise someone in using the toilet.
Senior Travel : Advice, information and support for family caregivers considering travelling with an aging loved one. Get expert advice and caregiver tips for taking a journey with a senior traveller.
Medical care provided to a patient for an illness or injury.
Loss of bladder control ranging from occasional leaking when a person coughs or sneezes, to a sudden urge strong enough to not allow reaching a bathroom in time.
An infection caused when bacteria enters the urinary tract through the urethra. A urine culture will determine the cause of the infection and proper course of treatment.
The designation of an individual appointed to receive veteran's benefits for anyone ruled incompetent to administer their own benefits. After initiating a request, the VA administration conducts a field examination to approve the fiduciary to assist the beneficiary in managing benefits.
A biological preparation that stimulates the body's production of antibodies and provides immunity against a specific disease.
Damage to the vessels supplying blood to the brain that results in a progressive and non reversible form of dementia.
Veins that are close to the surface of the skin enlarge and create a prominent appearance. The veins may also twist, and often become blue or purple, with a rope-like appearance.
Financial and other forms of assistance provided to veterans and their spouses.
A tax-free monetary benefit payable to eligible wartime veterans and their surviving spouses.
Aggressive behavior that is intended to causes physical or emotional harm to another person.
Disorders of the eye that affect vision and eye health.
Impairment of the ability to see.
Lower than normal level of Vitamin D caused by inadequate nutritional intake or lack of exposure to sunlight.
Advice, tips and support for family caregivers caring for a senior experiencing sudden or unintentional weight loss.
Testament; A legal document in which a person expresses their wishes for the management and distribution of their assets at the time of death.
A caregiver who balances caring for the needs of another person while employed professionally.