Preventing Elder Abuse and Neglect

In the US, millions of cases of elder abuse and neglect are reported each year, and millions more go unreported. Elder abuse may include physical, sexual, or emotional harm as well as financial exploitation or neglect by their caretakers.  Unfortunately, elders are more susceptible to abuse and neglect as the aging process leaves them frail and less able to care for themselves. They can’t physically protect themselves and may also have difficulty thinking clearly.  Abuse and neglect often take…

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Solutions for Overwhelmed Caregivers

May is National Aging Life Care Month and highlights solutions for overwhelmed caregivers. The resources below help caregivers cope with the challenges of caring for a loved one. Next Step in Care Check out their website for easy-to-use guides to help you work closely with your loved one's healthcare providers and ensure safe and smooth transitions for those moving to out-of-home care facilities. Eldercare Locator Eldercare Locator is a service of the US Administration on Aging. It provides resources…

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Elder Financial Abuse and Undue Influence

According to the FBI, Over 92,000 victims over the age of 60 reported $1.7 billion in losses in 2021. In addition, it is predicted that the number of Americans aged 65 and older will nearly double from 52 million in 2018 to 95 million by 2060, and that their share of the total population will rise from 16 percent to 23 percent during that time period. Elder fraud is likely to become more prevalent as the elderly population grows,…

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Honoring Caregivers This Holiday Season

Family Caregivers are all unique individuals. Some people live with the person they care for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Other caregivers provide supportive care. The individual whose care they manage may live in their own home or a facility and require assistance from family members.  These caretakers are frequently still employed and may have children at home. They are popularly known as the Sandwich Generation.  Regardless of the sort of family caregiver you are, your…

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Creating a Dementia-Friendly Environment at Home

For people with Alzheimer’s and dementia, everyday life can be both challenging and frustrating. As the symptoms progress, they will struggle with remembering, processing, thinking, and reasoning. Some simple changes to the home environment can help them stay independent and reduce stress and anxiety. Use Contrasting Colors, Without Patterns Contrasting colors can make it easier to see and identify important objects. For example, gold keys on a black mat. However, lots of patterns can make the visual field more…

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