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Looking for Help With Legal and Financial Planning?

Many people are unprepared to deal with the legal and financial consequences of a serious illness such as Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Legal and medical experts encourage people recently diagnosed with a serious illness — particularly one expected to cause mental and physical decline — to examine and update their financial and healthContinue reading “Looking for Help With Legal and Financial Planning?”

How Can I Stay Connected with an Aging Parent or Relative from Far Away?

Try to find people who live near your loved one and can provide a realistic view of what is going on. This may be your other parent. A social worker may be able to provide updates and help with making decisions. Many families schedule conference calls with doctors, the assisted living facility team, or nursingContinue reading “How Can I Stay Connected with an Aging Parent or Relative from Far Away?”

Want to Improve Your Sleep Habits?

Sleep is important for your body. It can affect many different aspects of your well-being, ranging from brain and heart health to overall energy levels and your ability to fight off disease. If you wake up tired, feel easily annoyed, have trouble falling asleep, or have trouble staying asleep, these may be signs you’re notContinue reading “Want to Improve Your Sleep Habits?”

Download Today: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans

We now know about more health benefits from physical activity — and how Americans can more easily achieve them. The second edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is based on the latest scientific evidence that shows that physical activity has many health benefits independent of other healthy behaviors, like good nutrition. The recommended amount of physicalContinue reading “Download Today: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans”

How to Help a Parent Who Is the Primary Caregiver

A primary caregiver—especially a spouse—may be hesitant to ask for help or a break. Be sure to acknowledge how important the caregiver has been for the care recipient. Also, discuss the physical and emotional effects caregiving can have on people. Although caregiving can be satisfying, it also can be very hard work. Offer to arrangeContinue reading “How to Help a Parent Who Is the Primary Caregiver”

How to Share Caregiving Responsibilities with Family Members

Caring for an older family member often requires teamwork. While one sibling might be local and take on most of the everyday caregiving responsibilities, a long-distance caregiver can also have an important role. As a long-distance caregiver, you can provide important respite to the primary caregiver and support to the aging family member. Talk About Caregiving ResponsibilitiesContinue reading “How to Share Caregiving Responsibilities with Family Members”