Caring for an ailing family member can be a thankless act of love. Here’s how to avoid burnout

Bobbie Orsi, a 61-year-old nurse and director of community relations at Home Instead in Pittsfield, Mass., is responsible for her husband with Alzheimer’s disease, her 84-year-old mother and her aunt living in a skilled nursing facility. Orsi is often juggling her needs with theirs: always having her husband’s pill box full, but sometimes forgetting to […]

Don’t Confuse a Free-Standing Emergency Room with an Urgent Care Clinic

There are generally three options for acute medical care: the emergency room (ER), an urgent care clinic, or your primary care physician. Deciding which to use in an urgent medical situation can be complicated, especially when dealing with the complexities of geriatric care. A new provider model, touting better access to emergency care, has the […]

Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Knowing the difference makes a difference

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease 101: The Difference and Why it Matters Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are often spoken about interchangeably, but they are not the same condition. During Dementia Awareness Week, we want to share the different types of dementia and the warning signs. Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Dementia is a general term that describes a wide […]

10 ways the Administration’s budget would impact senior programs

Straight Talk for Seniors®: 10 Ways the Administration’s Budget Would Impact Senior Programs The White House released its first full budget proposal today, and it includes historic cuts to—and even elimination of—programs that older adults and their families have relied on for more than 50 years. Congress has indicated that it will develop its own […]

Dementia Family Caregiver Conference 2017

Family caregivers are invited to a day long conference focusing on the many facets of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Alzheimer’s Association and Seniors Blue Book have convened local experts, motivational speakers and professional caregivers to present resources aimed at solving challenges and answering questions. As the number of individuals and families touched by dementia continues to increase dramatically, […]

The ins and outs of SSI vs SSDI​​​​​​

SSI vs. SSDI: What Are These Benefits and How Do They Differ? Several benefits programs provide financial assistance to seniors and persons living with disabilities. SSI and SSDI are two of the most common federal programs from the Social Security Administration. What is SSI? Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides minimum basic financial assistance to older […]