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Patients and caregivers often feel abandoned and lose trust in health care professionals when they sense a lack of caring during transitions. With it, they feel better able to handle concerns and act on their doctors’ recommendations.
As the number of people with Alzheimer’s climbs, so does the number of loved ones caring for them. The health of 16 million unpaid U.S. caregivers has become a focus for Alzheimer’s advocacy groups.
As more Americans are diagnosed with dementia, families who have firearms struggle with ways to stay safe. A KHN investigation uncovered dozens of cases of deaths and injuries.
When a loved one gets dementia, many families get no guidance on what to do about that person’s guns. Here are legal and practical steps to stay safe.
With the motto “Where Heroes Meet Angels,” a small Veterans Affairs effort pairs vets in need of nursing home care with caregivers willing to share their homes. Medical foster homes save money, but it’s difficult to find enough spaces for all those who could benefit.
Across the country, community groups, hospitals and government agencies are stepping in to support the estimated 42 million family caregivers.
Families and nursing homes say Trump administration policies threaten to drive immigrants away from caring for older and disabled patients, intensifying a shortage in these low-wage jobs.
“Edith + Eddie,” a documentary shortlisted for an Academy Award, is a gripping look at a couple in their 90s caught up in an intense family conflict. But more facts about the disputes involving a parent with dementia help to paint a complicated story about aging in America.
Listen and learn from this Kaiser Health News’ Facebook Live event. “Navigating Aging” columnist Judith Graham led a discussion about dementia, one of the most challenging chronic conditions for individuals and their families — which affects millions of American families.
A new social movement in the U.S. tackles the stigma of living with Alzheimer’s.
California’s family leave program allows people to get time off to care for a new child or sick relative. The wage replacement rate rises this year.
Few bonds are as tight as those between sisters. But when one has paranoid schizophrenia, the relationship grows complicated.
A vital tradition is gaining steam as more families use the holiday gathering to discuss and document advance-care plans.
What being old and sick in America can mean — and ways to navigate the often treacherous journey through the system.
Fewer than half of health care workers at a nonprofit Florida hospice had completed advance directives for end-of-life care.
Patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can say in advance if and when they want caregivers to stop offering food and fluids by hand.
A majority of Americans say it’s important to write down their medical wishes in case of serious illness, but only a third have done so.
Innovative CareMaps tool helps caregivers understand their roles and take steps to improve their lives.
Almost 30 percent of patients leaving the hospital don’t want home health care services, which often leads to readmissions and other health issues.
Tending to somebody you love who has a debilitating condition can be physically and emotionally overwhelming. Here are some tips and resources to help you stay strong.