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Western Maryland Dementia Conference

Professionals, caregivers and people living with dementia are invited to attend this annual conference. Keynote Presentation: Alzheimer’s Disease, the Physician’s Perspective Boyd Dwyer M.D., Mid Maryland Neurology Additional Presentations: Dementia: Creative Solutions for Caregivers Sue Paul, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, COO, Baker Rehab Group When is it Time to Stop Driving Timothy Jones, OTR/L, Comprehensive Driving Rehab Services, Rehabilitation of Frederick  Three category one social work CEUs available with registration.   When:  Wednesday November 13, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM EST Where:  Mount Saint Mary's Conference Center, 5350 Spectrum Drive, Frederick, MD 21703 Driving Directions Contact: Mary Ann Farr…

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Family Caregivers Are Probably the Most Depressed People in America

Caregiver stress was exposed by a new tool called TCARE, the Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral. Developed by University of Wisconsin's School of Social Welfare, TCARE found that, while all caregivers are under stress and often depressed, not all caregivers are created equal. The wide range of who caregivers are means that support and training need to be specific to the caregiver. This report is part of a series of articles on aging supported by the MetLife Foundation, New America Media, and the Gerontological Society of America. The other reports in the series are Jay Z-Belafonte Feud: A Generational Divide,…

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AARP Report Argues For Expanding Caregivers’ Work Leave Options

A new report from AARP argues for improving family leave for working caregivers, citing the growing population of older Americans, increasing numbers of family caregivers on the job, and escalating demands and stress on caregivers. Keeping Up with the Times: Supporting Family Caregivers with Workplace Leave Policies points to three policy solutions to ease the burden on both caregivers and employers: unpaid family and medical leave, paid family and medical leave insurance, and earned sick time. “According to the report, close to three out of four women of prime caregiving age are in the workforce and 74 percent of adults…

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Tips For Long Distance Caregivers

Caregivers must be available for their loved ones at varying times of the day. If there is an emergency and the caregiver is needed promptly, it would be convenient for a caregiver that lives 20 minutes or less away. The faster a caregiver can arrive, the quicker an issue will be resolved. But what about caregivers that aren’t in the neighborhood? They’re called long-distance caregivers, and according to the National Institute on Aging, there are approximately seven million of them, mostly caring for aging parents who live an hour or more away. Historically, caregivers have been primarily mid-life, working women…

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Making the Holiday Season Happy for Seniors and Caregivers

The holiday season can be such a wonderful time for family and friends to share together; it is a time for creating memories and honoring family traditions. Unfortunately, the holiday season can also be a stressful and depressing time for many seniors. Seniors can feel confused and isolated during the holidays but there are ways to make this a much more enjoyable time for them by following a few guidelines. Seniors can feel confused and isolated during the holidays… Holidays are a time when memories can be shared. Engage your aging family member in the re-counting of stories and memories…

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The Stigma Attached to Alzheimer’s Disease

Seventy-five (75) percent of people with dementia and 64 percent of caregivers believe there are negative associations for those diagnosed with dementia in their countries, according to survey fielded by Alzheimer's Disease International and published today in the World Alzheimer Report 2012: Overcoming the Stigma of Dementia. In the current Report, nearly one in four people with dementia (24 percent) who responded to the survey said they hid or concealed their diagnosis, citing stigma as the main reason. They expressed concerns that their thoughts and opinions would be “discounted and dismissed,” and that they would be “treated more positively” if…

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Home Care Versus Nursing home

A nursing home is a place of residence for seniors who require constant care and have significant difficulties performing daily activities. However, some people who are not in need of such intensive care are enrolled in nursing homes. If you are looking for assistance for your loved one, home care may be a great alternative. Home care offers your loved one supportive assistance from experienced caregivers. A wide array of non-medical services are provided, from practical assistance, like grooming and cleaning, to companion assistance, like playing games and going to museums or the movies. Allows Freedom and Comfort Home care…

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Caregivers of Alzheimer’s suffer more than they do

Caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease typically suffer deeply when their loved ones are upset or agitated about something, states a Huffington Post article. But there is a way to reduce that emotional distress. It's very simple. You just have to be aware that most people with cognitive impairment live only in the present (although they may maintain memories of emotionally-charged incidents.) This means that people with Alzheimer's have the following traits: 1. They usually quickly forget unpleasant things that happen to them 2. They often adapt to change faster than their caregivers do 3. They typically don't worry about…

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Caregivers Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

If you've never been a caregiver to an aging or ailing relative or friend, there's a good chance that someday you will. About 65 million Americans have provided care for an ill or elderly family member or friend in any given year, according to a 2009 report by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP. The task, which can take up an average of 20 hours of a caregiver's week, can take a toll on caregivers' health, their job performance and their finances. If there's one thing caregivers need to know, it's this: Help is available, and there is…

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Have You Seen This Person?

If you are a Caucasian woman, aged 35 or older, possibly married, very likely working full or part-time—then there is a good chance that you are also (or will soon be) serving as a caregiver for an aging parent or relative. At least this is what a recent report released by the National Alliance for Caregiving, AARP, and MetLife indicates. The entire report, entitled “Caregiving in the U.S., A Focused Look at Those Caring for Someone Aged 50 or Older” is 73 pages long, but you needn’t read the entire thing to get an insider’s peek at the state of…

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