Something Beautiful…..

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By Josephine Reviello, Case Manager  I recently attended an all-day Alzheimer’s Association Spring Conference and Music Therapy was one of the topics. I was amazed at the video presentation of an elderly man stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, in the later stages, who came alive when he heard a familiar tune that he used to love […]

CARE Act: Some Help for Family Caregivers

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Our health and long term care support systems rely heavily on family caregivers who provide unpaid home care to their loved ones. According to a June 2015 report, 44 million adults in the US provide personal care assistance for family members. 34 million of them care for frail elders. Being a caregiver can be really […]

Alzheimer’s Report Documents Financial Difficulties Faced by Caregivers.

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The Alzheimer’s Association has released the 2016 edition of its Alzheimer’s Facts and Figures report. The Report is a comprehensive compilation of information on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. It sheds light on the impact of Alzheimer’s on individuals, families, government and the nation’s health care system. In 2016 an estimated 5.4 million Americans have […]

Honor Thy Mother and Father

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My flight landed in Raleigh, NC on Saturday, February 6, 2016.  I had planned a week’s vacation to spend time with my parents.  On the agenda, was an appointment with an elder law attorney to get their estate planning documents in order.  Dad is 84 and has multiple chronic illnesses.  Mom is 74 and in […]

Caring for Mom from Far Away

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My mother in law fell recently. A fall can be a devastating event for an older adult. One out of five falls causes a serious injury such as broken bones or a head injury. Each year, 2.5 million older people are treated in emergency departments for fall injuries. A widow, my mother in law (who […]