Your loved one's identity has been stolen. Now what?

It's the news no caregiver ever wants to get--an elderly loved one has been the victim of a data breach and his identity has been stolen. It's a common occurrence these days. So what happens next? Generally, thieves try to use the stolen data as quickly as possible to do one of these things: Sell the information to other criminals. Withdraw money from a bank account. Make credit card purchases. File a fraudulent tax return for a refund using victims’ names. If someone you're caring for has been victimized by a data loss, follow these steps to minimize the effect of the theft: Try to determine what information the thieves compromised. Compromised information may include emails and passwords,

New dementia, MCI studies enrolling volunteers

Interested in volunteering for research on Alzheimer’s, related dementias, and cognitive health? Search for clinical trials and studies near you with NIA’s clinical trials finder. Below are the newest listings. Click on the trial name for details, including contact information. Biomarkers and Brain Imaging Pupillary Response to Identify Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (Boston, MA) Tau Imaging for Alzheimer’s Trial Participation (multiple sites) Drugs and Supplements Citicoline for Age-Associated Memory Impairment (Addison, IL) Pimavanserin for Relapse of Dementia-Related Psychosis (multiple sites) Treatment Interventions Stem/Stromal Cell Transplantation for Dementia (North Attleboro, MA) Tra

Tips for Overcoming Bathing Challenges with an Elderly Loved One

Helping someone to bathe can be a challenge for many caregivers. Why does a person resist your help when they are no longer taking care of their personal hygiene? There are several reasons why caregivers experience common issues around bathing. In many cases, the person you care for, thinks they already had a shower and they’re not aware that they haven’t changed their clothing in several days. They think everything is fine. Sensory changes may prevent the person from being able to see the stains on clothing or smell body odors the same as you. A person may also have a strong need for privacy. Let’s face it, most people are modest when it comes to getting naked in front of another person. Fo

Just How Bad is the Fraud Problem?

Fraud is a real problem in the U.S. today. It's not a small problem that affects only a few people. Here are some staggering statistics: In 2015, 13.1 million people were victims of identity fraud. In the past six years, identity thieves have stolen $112 billion from their victims. In 2015, the number of identity fraud victims was at its second highest in the last six years. Fraudsters have stolen $112 billion in the past six years - this means a loss of $35,600 every minute. Non-card fraud resulted in losses of $5 billion to consumers, merchants and financial institutions Credit cards remain the most frequent targets of account takeovers Fraud Demographics Consumer responses to fraud are de

Are you doing elder care the old way?

Since the first humans roamed the earth, older people, the sick, and disabled have needed care. Over many millennia, the approach to elder care evolved and eventually coalesced into something like this: A person gets old and moves in with an adult child. Someone in that adult child’s family puts her life on hold to provide care for the elderly loved one. It’s usually a woman. There are no nursing homes assisted living centers, Medicare or Medicaid. It’s the family’s responsibility to meet all the older person’s needs until the elder dies. That model worked for a long time. But it doesn’t work anymore. Here’s why. Lifespan. The average person’s lifespan is no longer 45 or 50 years as it was

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