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“Edith + Eddie,” a documentary short-listed 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.
Older adults who face an uncertain future reach out to trusted friends to guide them.
Free, daylong sessions run by UCLA teach caregivers how to keep their loved ones safe and engaged, while minimizing the stress in their own lives. Similar programs exist in other states.
Hospitals and oncology practices are setting up urgent care services aimed specifically at cancer patients to help keep them out of the hospital.
A critical shortage of home health care workers across the U.S. is denying care for senior citizens and people with disabilities.
Research shows that people with dementia can benefit significantly from efforts to ease communication, improve overall health and other key measures.
Traditionally there for mothers giving birth, a doula’s role has evolved to comforting seniors facing death.
Some older adults are living in the same senior communities as their parents, which streamlines caretaking in the end-of-life years.