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Aging Boomers Face Caregiver Shortage

More or less buried in the massive debate over what our health care system should look like is a provision to create a national long-term care insurance program. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act would allow people to pay an average $65 a month and, after five years, be eligible for between $50 to $100 a day in benefits. Insurers oppose the CLASS Act — clearly, it would cut into their …Read more ›

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The Family Caregiver Program Act Placed on Senate Calendar

The Family Caregiver Program Act of 2009 was introduced by Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii on April 2, 2009, and has been placed on the U.S. Senate calendar for discussion last week, on September 27, 2009.

The bill focuses on Veterans and directs the Secretary if Veterans affairs.

Some Highlights-

  • Creates a family caregiver program for designated family members to be certified …Read more ›
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Taking Care of Parents Without Going Broke

The New York Times has a  nice article today about how to help cover costs when taking care of a parents.

About 30 percent of adult children in the United States contribute financially to their parents’ care, according to the Pew Research Center. On average these children pay $2,400 a year on everything from uncovered medical expenses to making sure the refrigerator is stocked each week. …Read more ›

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The Future Face of In-Home Caregiving

How soon will it be before robots begin to take on caregiver tasks? According to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, it could be as soon as three years from now.

“The elderly population is getting larger and larger. How do we provide care for them? How can they stay living in their homes, which impacts the quality of their life and their relatives’ lives?”

Through a combination of speech, gesture, and touch …Read more ›

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Dealing with health providers when you are caring for an aging parent is never easy, but persistence pays off

Here is a sample of the emails we get from people dealing with the care of their parents.  We see how frustrating the experience can be at time (given the complexity of issues), and just how dedicated and persistent family members can be when it comes to the care of their loved ones!

“Caring for aging parent is much more difficult than I ever imagined. I’m sure everyone needs all the …Read more ›

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