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The 2017-2018 flu season is shaping up to be the worst one on record and, unfortunately, officials cannot predict how many more weeks the deadly epidemic will run. As of Feb. 10, 2018, in nearly all states, the virus remains rampant and hospitalizations are reported daily. The populations most at risk, according to the Center […]
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Caregiving is universal – we all enter and leave this world needing care. Yet we often don’t acknowledge the people providing daily support for their loved ones suffering from chronic illnesses or disabilities. This short film sheds light on the experience of millions of unpaid caregivers worldwide and the toll it can take on their […]
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It is only a few weeks into the New Year and you may have made resolutions for yourself. So many people resolve to lose a few pounds, workout more, and eat healthier.  All wonderful resolutions and at times can be difficult to maintain for the average person, let alone the caregiver. Let’s face it, who […]
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Watching a parent or loved one slowly succumb to dementia is painful and emotional. It often begins with subtle changes such as forgetfulness, but, in order for you to detect that it is in fact dementia, there must be two types of impairment. The challenge is the fact that these tend to be very subtle […]
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Have you ever heard the term, “A true love story, never ends.” Well, for some it’s true. I loved Annie from the day I met her. And today, seven years post death, I still love her. However, as I’ve learned over the past few years, the heart is a small organ, but capable of holding […]
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It’s one of the intractable financial boondoggles of the U.S. health care system: Lots and lots of patients get lots and lots of tests and procedures that they don’t need. Women still get annual cervical cancer testing even when it’s recommended every three to five years for most women. Healthy patients are subjected to slates […]
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Being a caregiver isn’t a choice, or an obligation, it’s something we do because of love. Someone we care about is suffering and we are there for them because, well, where else would we be? It’s hard role to take on. The life of a caregiver is generally one of sacrifice: sacrifice of time, of […]
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What was my life like a year ago? I spent my whole day in front of the television. I didn’t have a choice, really. My mom loved watching the news, even if she didn’t really seem to understand it anymore. It’s so repetitive, maybe it’s good for people with dementia. The same loops of stories, […]
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JoNel Aleccia, Kaiser Health News This KHN special series examines the reach and the role of Medicaid, the federal-state program that began as a medical program for the poor but now provides a wide variety of services for a large swath of America. More Stories EVERETT, Wash. — Unable to walk or talk, barely able to […]
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As a caregiver, you need to pay attention to your emotional and mental well-being. Caregiving can trigger feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. In many cases, your personal well-being depends on finding ways to relieve caregiver stress. You probably already know a few of the most popular methods used to fight caregiver stress. But you […]
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