Managing LTSS Services to Help Seniors Age in Place

Introduction The ongoing repeal and replace debate has brought to light something that most Americans are not aware of—the fact that nursing home and other long term services and supports are financed almost entirely by the Medicaid program and about half of Americans will need Medicaid at some point in their lives. At the same […]

Alzheimer’s Myths

Myth 1: Memory loss is a natural part of aging. Reality: As people age, it’s normal to have occasional memory problems, such as forgetting the name of a person you’ve recently met. However, Alzheimer’s is more than occasional memory loss. It’s a disease that causes brain cells to malfunction and ultimately die. When this happens, an […]

Younger/Early Onset Alzheimer’s & Dementia

Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Younger-onset (also known as early-onset) Alzheimer’s affects people younger than age 65.  Up to 5 percent of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s have younger-onset. Who gets early onset Alzheimer’s? Many people with early onset are in their 40s and 50s. They have families, careers or are even caregivers […]

10 Ways Family Caregivers Can Feel Empowered at Work

Is there a stigma around family caregivers of older adults? Drew Holzapfel from ReACT (Respect a Caregiver’s Time) points out that senior caregiving issues often are not accepted like child-care issues and might even be stigmatized. In a survey conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care®network, 26 percent of North American family […]

Activities Top Tips: Hobbies and Activities for Seniors with Dementia

The forum is filled with caregivers and experts who come together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled some of their best ideas to help seniors with dementia continue to participate in hobbies and activities. Activities for Seniors with Dementia “Activities depend on the senior’s level of dementia. Some people are still able to do […]

When Work Works for You: Identifying What Support You Need as a Working Family Caregiver

You thought that caring for children was a challenge. They’re grown now, but you may be feeling that same work-family tug in looking after your senior loved one. You’re not alone. Nearly 10 percent (9.7 percent) of American workers currently provide eldercare, but an estimated 31.4 percent expect to be doing so in the next […]

The Lighter Side of Caregiving: Appreciate the Humor

Unexpected humorous moments are common in caregiving. In fact, a senior’s unprompted remarks and unintentional antics can enliven a caregiver’s daily routine. Even in the most dire of circumstances, elder care professionals insist that it is okay, even helpful, to let out a good laugh. “Not only is laughing alright, it’s absolutely necessary,” says Cindy Laverty, […]

Conversation Starters: How to Talk to Your Employer About Your Caregiver Support Needs

Caring for your dad is becoming more difficult. You’re exhausted and struggling to keep up with your workload. Maybe it’s impacting multiple areas of your life. Majorities of respondents in a survey of North American working family caregivers, conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, report caregiving has put a strain […]

How to Prepare for “The Talk” About Moving to Assisted Living

 Talking to your parents about assisted living can be tough. Many seniors resist this transition, often because they feel they’re being forced out of their homes and losing their independence. Children and spouses avoid this complicated conversation as well, because they are unsure how their loved ones will react. But, being prepared before a crisis arises can […]