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March 2007

National Caregiving Groups and MetLife Offer Resource List

The MetLife Mature Market Institute and the National Alliance for Caregiving, along with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, have released a comprehensive collection of resources. Titled "Resources for Caregivers 2007" it is available as a free download at maturemarketinstitute.com under "What's New." It can also be obtained by calling (203) 221-6850 or by email at maturemarketinstitute@metlife.com.

This is worth getting.


Long-term Care Insurance - How Good Is The Policy?

The New York Times is running a series on issues facing the aging population. Charles Duhigg wrote one on long-term care insurance that will make you angry and break your heart. Titled "Aged, Frail and Denied Care by Their Insurers" It truly is upsetting, but it's a good picture of what the older long-term care policies were about.

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Health Site Talks About Nursing Home "Tests"

On the site Personal Health 101 - Notes for Recovery, Paul Barrs discusses "5 Myths You Should Know Before Choosing Elder Care."

Paul Barrs, one of Australia's top home business trainers has been forced into 'temporary retirement' due to ongoing illness. He and his friends write this blog to help others. The post on these "5 Myths" caught my eye.

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Alzheimer's Stats and Elder Care

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press Medical Writer, published an article on Breitbart.com that gives some eye-opening statistics.

Titled "Report: Over 5M Living With Alzheimer's," Neergaard mentions trials of nine drugs. She writes about the ironic truth that I often speak of in my talks -  we now have ways to help people cope with diseases that used to kill them, thus people live longer, which leaves them open to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

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More Elder Care in the New York Times

In-home care for elders who need some assistance, but not full-time nursing care, is often a good option. It can get very costly, especially because much of the care an elder needs falls under "custodial" care which is not covered by Medicare. It is not nursing care, it's bathing, groceries, light housekeeping, companionship - the things of daily life.

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Eldercare Locator for Long-Distance Caregiving

I return to the Eldercare Locator site often, as I get so many questions about long-distance caregiving. You'll find it permanently parked along the right margin of this blog, as well as on my agencies and links page on the main Minding Our Elders Web site. But it bears repeating: If you are looking for agencies to care for your elders, and you are not in the area to check everything out, a good start is The Eldercare Locator. This is a government site, and a great tool for your caregiving toolbox.

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Without Self-care, Caregivers Health Will Fail

Kurt Madden, writing for Lansing Community Newspapers, has written an interesting piece that focuses on what caregivers know but often don't practice. If we don't take care of ourselves, there will be no one to take care of the elder (or other person dependent on you). At lsj.com, Madden's article titled "Who watches out for the caregiver? Taking care of self remains important when taking care of others, expert says" begins:

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