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In order to maximize the important role they play, family caregivers must be proactive in speaking up, planning and documenting their ability to meet their loved one’s health care needs.
A study by the National Academies finds more support is needed for nearly 18 million people giving care to family members 65 and older.
Dementia complicates pain management in hospice patients because communication is difficult and the cause of pain can be hard to identify, researchers report.
Residents with dementia need to be monitored and increased training is needed for staff who care for them, said researchers who examined reported instances of abuse in assisted living facilities.
Researchers say their study suggests solitary households may be markers for older adults in better health and with more functional independence.
California is one of several states to pass laws intended to involve caregivers in discussions when patients are hospitalized or discharged.
About 40 million Americans considered themselves caregivers in 2013, according to an AARP report.