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This is where we provide helpful information and tips for caregivers as well as professionals. Here you can find insights and commentary about caregiving and related topics from our leaders, nurses, and care experts.

Elder Abuse Awareness

How sad that the issue of elder abuse is so widespread that we now have a day and an entire year dedicated to prevention. While the majority of our elders live as part of a loving family, hundreds of thousands of elders are abused each year...

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3 Traits of Non-family Caregivers Who Care Like Family

Elders and individuals with disabilities who require daily assistance with personal care may need extra support to live and thrive in their communities. One of the biggest challenges in providing supports to elders and people with disabilities is identifying individuals...

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The Value Of Relationships

Longstanding relationships with family and friends enrich our lives. But, when thinking about services for people with disabilities and elders, we often look past this simple truth in search of more complex solutions...

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When The Roles Are Reversed: Caring For Your Parents

I was settling in for a lazy Saturday. The kids had slept in late. Breakfast had been a breeze. The snow was finally melted, and the kids were excited to go into the backyard to play. I had a new mug from Starbucks that I was eyeing ...

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The Process And Anticipated Release Of The DSM-5

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) has been used as a guide by professionals in the mental health profession in understanding disorders. The manual is published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA)...

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Spring Cleaning: An Opportunity To Make Your Home Safer For You And Your Loved One

Every year, we hear the expression, "It's time for spring cleaning!" This tradition is not only a chance to tidy up our homes, but also an opportunity for caregivers to create a safer environment for an elder or person with disabilities....

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Caring For A Loved One With Social Skills Challenges

Individuals with developmental disabilities often lack appropriate social skills, making it difficult to form friendships. They also may get anxious when they have to go to the doctor's office or transition to a new environment. ...

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Caregiving - A Chance To Celebrate Life

For those of us working with elders and persons with disabilities who reside at home with loved ones, there is a tremendous opportunity to work together and celebrate the lives of consumers. More importantly, caregivers have an opportunity ...

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The Importance of Taking Care of Oneself as a Caregiver

Caregiving can be described in a multitude of fashions: rewarding, gratifying, loving; as well as exhausting, overwhelming and lonely. It is important for caregivers to remember that no matter how much they love and are devoted to that person they ...

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Structured Family Caregiving In The Midwest

Community based services like Structured Family Caregiving become available to consumers when the state in which they reside opts to include those services in a Medicaid waiver. A waiver is a mechanism that enables a state ...

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Supporting Families In End Of Life Conversations

I've had the conversation more times than I can count, and many more times than I have cared to. It's the conversation that is more taboo than religion, more divisive than politics: it's the discussion with an individual and their family...

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