When a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, the diagnosis marks the beginning of what is can be a very a long journey filled with unpredictable twists and turns. Family caregivers often find themselves forced to learn as much as they can about the disease. It can be like starting a Ph.D. program in dementia caregiving--all while balancing work and family responsibilities with caregiving duties. That's why we get excited when we discover new websites for family caregivers try
By Jenny Gold | Kaiser Health News It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, the nausea and aching muscles of opioid withdrawal were finally beginning to fade.
“Any sweats?” a nurse asked him as she adjusted his blood pressure cuff. “Last night it was really bad, but not since I got up,” replied Evard, 70, explaining that he’d awakened several times with his sheets drenched. Even for him, it was ha
God sent a star to light the night for The Way, The Truth, The Life--His Son. He sent the Light of Life to prove His heart so we would invite His Son into our own. God has given us all the light we'll ever
need to find peace on earth, goodwill to men. -Pamela F.Dowd
By Frances Shani Parker, author of Hospice and Nursing Home Blog Through the years, holidays often become associated with particular traditions that may include familiar people, places, rituals, foods, music, and more. It is easy to internalize that if all or most of these components are not present, then your holidays are lacking, not whole, certainly not person-centered. These feelings can lead to depression, helplessness about too many of your needs not being met. Particul
If a loved one with dementia lives with you and you decide to make changes to your living arrangements, how does the process impact your loved one? Several Alzheimer's disease and dementia patients weigh in on the impact that a move, downsizing, new construction, or remodeling project can have in Dementia Chats, a webinar series presented Alzheimer's Speaks. The series is facilitated by Lori La Bey.
If you get a call from the “IRS” threatening you with lawsuits or jail unless you pay up immediately … Guess what? It’s a scam. IRS impersonation and tax scams by phone, email, postal mail and text are ongoing. Criminals use more and more creative ploys to trick taxpayers and tax preparers. Don’t be a victim. The IRS, state tax agencies and the private-sector tax industry are asking for your help in the effort to combat identity theft and fraudulent returns. Working in partn
There will be a 0.3% cost of living adjustment (COLA) for those receiving Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in 2017. That means most Americans will receive an increase of just $4 to $5 per month. The COLA goes into effect in January 2017 for Social Security benefit recipients and on December 30, 2016 for those who receive SSI benefits. More than 60 million Americans receive Social Security benefits and another 8+ million receive SSI benefits. For