New Medicare Cards: 5 Things You Need to Know Before They Arrive

Beginning April 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will be sending new Medicare cards to beneficiaries. The new cards are being sent to decrease Medicare beneficiaries’ vulnerability to identity theft by removing the Social Security-based number from their Medicare identification cards and replacing it with a new unique Medicare Number. Here’s what you need to know before they arrive. […]

7 Common Flu Myths Debunked

Myths about the flu are everywhere. Is what you hear true, or is there too much misinformation floating around? Debunk the seven most common myths about influenza. Myth #1: Getting Vaccinated Can Give You the Flu According to the National Foundation for Infectious Disease, there is no way that the vaccine can make you sick. […]

I Have Alzheimer’s Disease – Changes in Relationships

Alzheimer’s may affect your relationships. While your abilities may change over time, your ability to live well with Alzheimer’s depends on how you choose to continue to be a partner in your relationships. How Alzheimer’s affects relationships It is crucial to remember that you are still the same person you were before the diagnosis. However, after […]

I Have Alzheimer’s Disease – Sharing Your Diagnosis

Sharing your diagnosis with others is an important step toward integrating Alzheimer’s disease into your life. You may be hesitant to share your diagnosis with some people, given the impact such a disclosure may have for you. Keep this mantra in mind: Alzheimer’s disease is not your fault. Why tell others about your diagnosis As […]

I Have Alzheimer’s Disease – Just Diagnosed

Receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s is never easy — it’s life changing. It is normal to experience a range of emotions. Acknowledging your feelings can be an empowering first step in coping with the challenges ahead. Emotions you may have You noticed symptoms. You made a doctor’s appointment. You took tests. And you felt a […]

Carefully Consider the Implications of Moving an Elderly Loved One Closer to You

These days, family members are often scattered in various cities and states throughout the country. This poses a serious challenge when a loved one requires increased care or assistance. There almost always comes a point in time when long-distance caregivers give serious consideration to moving their loved ones closer to them. This can occur when […]

Saying “No” to Family Drama while Caregiving

Over the years, there have been many posts in the Caregiver Forum about the questionable things family members do and how deeply these actions affect elders and their caregivers. It seems that every family has a “difficult” member: the one who is never around but somehow knows everything; the one you can never please, no matter how […]

3 Simple Happiness Hacks for Caregivers

Have you ever met someone who seems happy all the time? Maybe it’s that person who always has a cheery, upbeat greeting for everyone, or someone who inexplicably manages to remain positive amidst challenging circumstances. But it might make you wonder, “Why am I not one of those people?” A recent Harris poll revealed that just one-third […]

The 4 Most Common Age-Related Eye Diseases

By age 65, one in three Americans have some form of vision-impairing eye condition. There are four major age-related eye diseases (AREDs) that affect seniors: glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Learning about the symptoms of and treatments for each of these conditions can help you protect your vision and that of an aging […]