Observation Status vs. Hospital Admittance

What’s worse for a senior than getting hospitalized and then having to go for rehab?  Learning that Medicare won’t cover your rehab because of a technicality. It’s one of the bigger messes in health care today, and despite recent attempts to fix it, many seniors still don’t fully understand it … until it hits them in the wallet. Observation Status vs. Hospital Admittance Fact: Medicare doesn’t cover rehab stays in skilled nursing facilities unless the patient was first admitted to the hospital and spent at least three days inpatient. However, more ER doctors are categorizing seniors for observation, not admittance. Seniors under observation not only pay more out-of-pocket for hospitalizations (it’s covered under Medicare Part B, not the more generous Part A), but are ineligible […]

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Become a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friendly Tempe is hosting Dementia Friends Arizona training sessions at various dates and locations, and is looking for local people to join in learning about dementia and helping people who are living with it in Tempe. There is no cost to attend. Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the community thinks, talks and acts about the disease. A Dementia Friends training will help people learn about dementia and the small ways to help. From telling friends about the program to visiting someone living with dementia, every action counts. Wednesday, August 2, 10 – 11 a.m., Changing Hands Book Store, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe 85283 Wednesday, August 2, 7 – 8 […]

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Tuition-free art classes to care-recipients and their family caregivers

Arizona Artists Guild offers tuition-free art classes to care-recipients and their family caregivers. This program is designed specifically for older adults (60+) who have lost their independence due to illness or circumstance and rely on others for most of their activities of daily living. Perennial Picassos will receive the benefits of expression, social interaction with others, and the enjoyment of quality time engaged in a creative activity. Each group works under the guidance of separate facilitators so that they can meet and share with people in similar situations. Art is a great way to step out of your daily routine. The projects are designed to provide the skills needed for participants to engage in art activities at home between sessions. This is a great opportunity to learn something new, to express yourself, to tap […]

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Caregiver-to-Caregiver Mentor Program

Duet: Partners In Health & Aging—a 36-year-old Phoenix area nonprofit that promotes health and well-being through a broad range of services to homebound adults, family caregivers, faith communities, and grandparents raising grandchildren—is starting a new Caregiver-to-Caregiver Mentor Program and is looking for volunteers with family caregiving experience to provide one-on-one support to other caregivers in a mentorship capacity. “A lot of caregivers live in isolation and often find it difficult to connect with others as a result of their caregiving situations,” said Daniela Saylor, Family Caregiver Services Program Manager at Duet. “Through the new Caregiver-to-Caregiver Mentor Program, we are able to put them in contact with other caregivers who have walked the walk, are able to understand the challenges they are facing, and are ready […]

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Calling Kinship Caregivers

In Arizona, more than 100,000 children are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives. Nationwide, that number is more than 5 million. Many parents are unable to take care of their children due to substance abuse, incarceration, mental illness, child abuse or death. Grandparents raising their grandchildren must deal with school systems, health coverage, legal issues, financial concerns, and complex family situations. This leaves many of these “second-time around” parents feeling overwhelmed. By providing support to grandparents and other relative caregivers, Duet help keep children out of foster care. View Frequently Asked Questions View a free guide on raising your grandchildren How Duet can Help Support groups Workshops Group activities for families Respite assistance Legal guidance Information and referral Grandparent Support Groups Grandparents who […]

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Caregiving is Tougher than Tough Ad Campaign

WASHINGTON — The face of the United States is changing with shifting demographics and majorities. And those changes aren’t solely along racial, ethnic or religious lines. Today, men make up about 40 percent of America’s 40 million caregivers — a role traditionally viewed as predominantly female. In 2015, Jonathan Hayden, 40, of Washington, D.C., became the caregiver for his father, who was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment that would eventually develop into a form of memory loss called Lewy body dementia. “I tend to think that he’s had signs of it for a long time. He’s never been much for remembering things,” he told CBN News. Hayden represents a changing demographic among people caring for relatives. Today, men account for between 40 to 45 percent […]

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Pre-9/11 Military Caregivers – Forgotten

Expanding to veterans of all eras a Department of Veterans Affairs program that pays family caregivers to provide home-based help is key to making sure all vets receive appropriate care, advocates told senators Wednesday. “The caregivers from pre-9/11 have been providing services for years, and they’ve had no acknowledgment. They’re not acknowledged for what they’re doing and they’re receiving very, very little in the way of services,” former Sen. Elizabeth Dole, whose foundation advocates for military caregivers, testified before the Senate subcommittee on aging Wednesday. “The illnesses and the wounds and injuries of these veterans from earlier eras are compounded as they age,” she said. “They deserve [care], and it’s really unfair that they don’t have it now.” The VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for […]

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Diabetes and Heat: Safety Tips

People with diabetes should be extra careful during hot weather. Temperatures of 80°F (about 27°C) or above, especially with high humidity, can affect medication, testing supplies, and your health. If you have diabetes, it is harder for your body to handle high heat and humidity. The heat index, which measures how hot it really feels by combining temperature and humidity readings, advises caution starting at 80°F with 40 percent humidity. Here are suggestions from CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation on taking care of yourself during hot weather: Heat can affect your blood glucose (sugar) levels and also increase the absorption of some fast-acting insulin, meaning you will need to test your blood glucose more often and perhaps adjust your intake of insulin, food and liquids. […]

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10 Fun Indoor Activities for Seniors in Assisted Living

What is your caregiving tied to? For many with aging parents and relatives in assisted living facilities, your caregiving involves transportation, helping with finances, shopping for necessities, and advocating for care with insurance and healthcare providers. The time for visiting and simply doing something fun can seem to slip through your fingers week by week. Get motivated to make more of your time together and help your loved one stay active with these 10 creative ideas: Play games A novelty idea for “rainy day fun,” puzzles and games are brain-boosting fun for older adults who spend more time indoors as well. Track down an old card or board game your loved one used to enjoy and bring it on your next visit. Or download a […]

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