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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.
Medical experts around the country are rolling out instructional videos for family caregivers who need help with challenging medical tasks.
The number of U.S. Latinos with the memory-robbing disease is expected to rise more than eightfold by 2060 to 3.5 million.
The first overhaul of federal regulations in almost 30 years for home health care agencies will require them to be much more responsive to what aging patients and their caregivers need or want.
Humor may be an antidote for the pain of death for both patients and survivors.
More hospitals, including Montefiore Medical Center in New York, are setting up support centers to help stressed-out family members cope.
People caring for someone at home often have zero training. Many learn on the fly, and some states are passing laws to make sure caregivers get at least basic instruction in home care.
Caregivers often pay some housing, medical, transportation and other living expenses for those they help, an AARP survey finds.
A government watchdog report finds widespread fraud — in some cases involving patients’ severe neglect and death — in a Medicaid program that sends non-medical assistants to elderly and disabled peoples’ homes.
A $15 minimum wage will almost double what many home care workers are paid but won’t solve other problems.