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Taking care of family members: with the right knowledge, many things become much easier

The new forum "Coping with Caregiving @home" (German: Leben mit Pflege @home) in Hall 3, Booth 3 G78 informs visitors about a variety of topics centering on caregiving during the REHACARE in daily workshops. Taking care of family members: with the right knowledge, many things become much easier - Read more

Avoiding abuse: Empathy, realistic expectations key to raising a child with disabilities

Photo: Baby lying on a gymnastic ball [06/08/2014] Children with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for abuse and neglect from parents than children developing at a typical rate. So far, there was little evidence of specific parental behaviors that were associated with the risk, but a Saint Louis University (SLU) study finds inappropriate expectations and lack of empathy play a significant role in triggering the risk. Avoiding abuse: Empathy, realistic expectations key to raising a child with disabilities - Read more

App helps people with autism communicate

Sometimes people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have a hard time expressing how they feel and putting their emotions into words. This can be a problem, especially if they find themselves in difficult situations such as an illness for example. One mother of an autistic boy no longer wanted to be helpless in this kind of situation and became an app developer virtually overnight.App helps people with autism communicate - Read more

"Adult siblings sooner or later ask the same questions"

Photo: Sascha Velten with his brother Marcel For Sascha Velten, one thing went without saying even when he was a child: as a result of cerebral palsy and tetra spasticity, his younger brother Marcel garnered special attention in their family. Today, the former child sibling Sascha has grown up and together with other like-minded people now offers other adult siblings the chance to exchange views and support one another."Adult siblings sooner or later ask the same questions" - Read more

Families with an autistic child are a third less likely to have more kids

Photo: Parents playing with their daughter [23/06/2014] Parents who have a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are about one third less likely to have more children than families without an affected child, according to a study led by a UC San Francisco researcher.Families with an autistic child are a third less likely to have more kids - Read more

Autism spectrum disorder: Lifetime costs may reach $2.4 million per patient

Photo: Hand underlining the word [18/06/2014] Costs for a lifetime of support for each individual with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may reach $2.4 million, according to a new study from researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.Autism spectrum disorder: Lifetime costs may reach $2.4 million per patient - Read more

Parents of Severely Ill Children See Benefits as Caregivers

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[05/05/2014] Benefits often coexist with the negative and stressful outcomes for parents who have a child born with or later diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, says a recent study led by a researcher at the University of Waterloo.Parents of Severely Ill Children See Benefits as Caregivers - Read more

Adult Day-Care Services Boost Beneficial Stress Hormones in Caregivers

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Photo: Husband holds his wife's hand [31/03/2014] Family caregivers show an increase in the beneficial stress hormone DHEA-S on days when they use an adult day care service for their relatives with dementia, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Texas at Austin.Adult Day-Care Services Boost Beneficial Stress Hormones in Caregivers - Read more

ADHD Linked to Social and Economic Disadvantage

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[15/01/2014] Scientists have found evidence of a link between social and economic status and childhood attention deficit disorder (ADHD) in the UK.ADHD Linked to Social and Economic Disadvantage - Read more

December 2013: Family

When two people become parents they take over responsibility for a new life. Indeed, this means a lot of joy, but it is not always easy. What kind of support especially parents with disabilities can get and how everyday life of a single mother with Multiple Sclerosis looks like, you will get to know in our Topic of the Month December: Family.December 2013: Family - Read more

A very Ordinary Family

Single parent, three children, Multiple Sclerosis – the everyday life of Manuela Wirth has one or two challenges prepared for her. But the mother of three does not let the stress and especially the disease push her aside. Her secret recipe: humor.A very Ordinary Family - Read more

Parent Assistance: "A Human Right for Parenthood"

Becoming a parent is easy, but being one is not. Their parental role often challenges people with impairment additionally. Children have many needs after all that want to be pleased. What many parents with impairment do not know: They have a right for parent assistance. Parent Assistance: "A Human Right for Parenthood" - Read more

Study Shows Increased Life Expectancy among Family Caregivers

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Photo: Two women [23/10/2013] Contradicting long-standing conventional wisdom, results of an analysis of data previously gathered on more than 3,000 family caregivers suggests that those who assist a chronically ill or disabled family member enjoy an 18 percent survival advantage compared to statistically matched non-caregivers.Study Shows Increased Life Expectancy among Family Caregivers - Read more

Stepfamilies Add to Caregiver Burden

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Stepfamilies Add to Caregiver Burden [25/09/2013] Caregiving is always tough, but it's that much tougher when caregivers have to rely on family ties that are ambiguous, strained or virtually nonexistent, suggests a University of Michigan study.Stepfamilies Add to Caregiver Burden - Read more

What Stresses Parents with a Chronically Ill Child

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Photo: Mother with her child [20/09/2013] The extra demands on parents of chronically ill children cause stress that affects the whole family, according to a systematic review conducted by Case Western Reserve University researchers that also explored what factors in the child's care most contribute to the added strain.What Stresses Parents with a Chronically Ill Child - Read more

Grandmothers Who Raise their Grandkids Struggle with Depression

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Photo: Grandmother with grandkids [26/08/2013] Grandmothers who care for their grandkids fulltime need help for depression and family strains, report researchers from the Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.Grandmothers Who Raise their Grandkids Struggle with Depression - Read more

Strong Grandparent-Adult Grandchild Relationships Reduce Depression for Both

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Photo: Grandparents with adult grandchild [12/08/2013] A new study shows that grandparents and grandchildren have real, measurable effects on each other's psychological well-being long into grandchildren's adulthood.Strong Grandparent-Adult Grandchild Relationships Reduce Depression for Both - Read more

Disabled Children Treated more Harshly in Developing World

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[31/07/2013] Children with disabilities receive harsher punishment across the developing world, according to a new study based on interviews with nearly 46,000 caregivers in 17 low- to middle-income countries.Disabled Children Treated more Harshly in Developing World - Read more

Autism: Bigger Risk Due to High Air Pollution During Pregnancy

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Photo: Pregnant women on a meadow [21/06/2013] Women in the United States exposed to high levels of air pollution while pregnant were up to twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in areas with low pollution.Autism: Bigger Risk Due to High Air Pollution During Pregnancy - Read more

Childhood Disability Rate Jumps 16 Percent over Past Decade

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[06/05/2013] More children today have a disability than a decade ago, and the greatest increase is among kids in higher-income families, according to a study.Childhood Disability Rate Jumps 16 Percent over Past Decade - Read more

Household Income Affects Chronic Disease Control in Kids

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[08/04/2013] Researchers at the University of Montreal have found that the glycated hemoglobin levels of children with type 1 diabetes followed at its affiliated Sainte-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital (CHU Sainte-Justine) is correlated linearly and negatively with household income.Household Income Affects Chronic Disease Control in Kids - Read more

How Autism Changed a Family

All at once the diagnosis Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) changes the life of a whole family. Nothing is the way it used to be or how the parents dreamed of. But soon they realize: There are also many beautiful sides of the new life. A mother narrates.How Autism Changed a Family - Read more

Closer Relationships Help Teens Overcome Learning Disabilities

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Photo: Mother learning with her daughter [20/03/2013] In addition to struggling in school, many learning disabled children are known to face social and emotional challenges including depression, anxiety, and isolation. Often beginning early in childhood, they become more pronounced during adolescence, an emotionally turbulent time.Closer Relationships Help Teens Overcome Learning Disabilities - Read more

Communication Benefits for Grandparents of Grandkids with ASD

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Photo: Instructor helps student; linked to [02/01/2013] For three years, University of Utah researchers have been deploying a computer-based design program called SketchUp in workshops to teach and develop life skills for youth on the autism spectrum.Communication Benefits for Grandparents of Grandkids with ASD - Read more

Impact of Caring for Adult Child with Disability

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[02/01/2013] A new study highlights economic and psycho-social challenges faced by parents of adult children with disabilities, compared with parents of children without disabilities.Impact of Caring for Adult Child with Disability - Read more

Successful Rehab Due to Family and Friends

The right clinic, the perfect therapist – the success of treatment of rehabilitation depends on many factors. Up to now closely related people from the direct environment of the patients were seldom included actively in the rehabilitation process. A study urges to change this in future.Successful Rehab Due to Family and Friends - Read more

Engaging Parents Leads to Better Treatments for Children With ADHD

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[28/11/2012] Pediatricians and researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's (CHOP) have developed a first-of-its kind tool to help parents and health care providers better treat ADHD (attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder). Engaging Parents Leads to Better Treatments for Children With ADHD - Read more

At Six Month Children with and without Autism Develop the Same

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Photo: Playing children; linked to [26/11/2012] The development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is much like that of children without ASD at 6 months of age, but differs afterwards. At Six Month Children with and without Autism Develop the Same - Read more

Palliative Care Experts Call for Better Home Care

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Photo: Old woman with nurse; linked to [12/11/2012] Improved home care resources for people, who would prefer to die at home, are key to providing better end of life care and reducing the strain of the United Kingdom's ageing population on the National Health Service (NHS). Palliative Care Experts Call for Better Home Care - Read more

Early Autism Intervention Improves Brain Responses to Social Cues

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Photo: Child watching photo; linked to [09/11/2012] An autism intervention program that emphasizes social interactions improves cognitive skills and brain responses to faces, considered a building block for social skills.Early Autism Intervention Improves Brain Responses to Social Cues - Read more

Protein Regulation Linked to Intellectual Disability

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[29/10/2012] Genetics researchers at the University of Adelaide have solved a 40-year mystery for a family beset by a rare intellectual disability – and they've discovered something new about the causes of intellectual disability in the process.Protein Regulation Linked to Intellectual Disability - Read more

Stroke Caregivers Are at Risk for Depression

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[24/10/2012] Caregivers of stroke survivors are at risk for developing depression and complications from chronic stress, according to a study by researchers at the Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (MNSON)Stroke Caregivers Are at Risk for Depression - Read more

Acceptance of Help From Robots

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[22/10/2012] Most older adults prefer to maintain their independence and remain in their own homes as they age, and robotic technology can help make this a reality. Acceptance of Help From Robots - Read more

High-tech Tools to Study Autism

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[28/09/2012] Researchers in Georgia Tech's Center for Behavior Imaging have developed two new technological tools that automatically measure relevant behaviors of children, and promise to have significant impact on the understanding of behavioral disorders such as autism.High-tech Tools to Study Autism - Read more

Nurses Examine Caregiver Grief

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[26/09/2012] Family members who care for terminally ill patients at home can be helped by nurses throughout the course of the illness and particularly after the patient's death, according to Penn State nursing researchers.Nurses Examine Caregiver Grief - Read more

Children in Foster Care Develop Resilience Through Compassion

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[27/07/2012] A new study shows that a therapeutic intervention called Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) appears to improve the mental and physical health of adolescents in foster care. CBCT is a tool that provides strategies for people to develop more compassionate attitudes toward themselves and others.Children in Foster Care Develop Resilience Through Compassion - Read more

Autism: Families Struggling with Health-Care Needs

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[18/07/2012] While the causes of autism continue to be debated and bandied about, real families who have children with autism spectrum disorders are left to struggle with expensive health care needs. These costs can be devastating - but they can also be markedly different.Autism: Families Struggling with Health-Care Needs - Read more

Unique Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program

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[23/05/2012] Alzheimer's disease affects an estimated 5.4 million people in the United States, some 480,000 of them in California. Nearly half of all people 85 and older will be stricken with the disease. The overall burden of dementia is still higher, with Alzheimer's accounting for only 60 to 80 per cent of dementia cases.Unique Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program - Read more

March 2012: Conflicts in Care

Whether forcible encroachments or illegal employment of nursing staff – there are more problems in geriatric care than most people suppose. Many conflicts originate from ignorance, excessive demand or financial difficulties. Our Topic of the Month March shows you how to solve „Conflicts in Care“.March 2012: Conflicts in Care - Read more

Cognitive Problems Common Among Non-Demented Elderly

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[24/02/2012] Both subjective and objective cognitive impairment are highly common among non-demented elderly Swedes, with an overall prevalence of 39 per cent and 25 per cent respectively, according to a nationwide twin study by researchers of Karolinska Institutet.Cognitive Problems Common Among Non-Demented Elderly - Read more

February 2012: Impressive Integration Institutions

At the cemetery and in the kitchen we are all the same – at least in those institutions which REHACARE.de presents in the Topic of the Month February. Have a look at “Impressive Integration Institutions”. February 2012: Impressive Integration Institutions - Read more

January 2012: The Hard Fate of Multiple Disabilities

Suffering from one kind of disability is bad enough. However, it is a fact that most handicaps do come along with others. In our Topic of the Month January we show you mothers fighting for their children who share “The Hard Fate of Multiple Disabilities”.January 2012: The Hard Fate of Multiple Disabilities - Read more

Mother of a Multiple Handicapped Son: "One Should Not Hide at Home"

No matter whether it is basketball or musicals – the son of Ulrike Putze gets enthusiastic about big events of every kind. So she tries to allow him visiting such events over and over again. Nothing unusual? Maybe at least a little bit: Tim is bound to a wheelchair on account of a multiple disability.Mother of a Multiple Handicapped Son: "One Should Not Hide at Home" - Read more

Hospice Family Caregivers Require Unique Care Needs

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[05/12/2011] A study led by the University of Kentucky researchers found that hospice family caregivers are "second order patients" themselves and require their own unique care needs.Hospice Family Caregivers Require Unique Care Needs - Read more

Fighting at Many Fronts

If on a battlefield the opponents attack from all sides, the fight seems hopeless. Like this battle a mother has been fighting for her multi-handicapped daughter for many years. However, she will certainly not give up! Fighting at Many Fronts - Read more

Better Communication Needed between Caregivers and their Relatives with Dementia

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[05/08/2011] Caregivers and their relatives who suffer from mild to moderate dementia often have different perceptions regarding the amount and quality of care given and received.Better Communication Needed between Caregivers and their Relatives with Dementia - Read more

Competency Tests for Elderly Drivers

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[27/07/2011] Researchers studying driving habits and accident rates among the elderly found a majority surveyed supported mandatory retesting of drivers based on age while saying they would hand over the keys if a doctor or loved one said they were no longer fit to drive.Competency Tests for Elderly Drivers - Read more

Diagnosed Autism Is more Common in an IT-Rich Region

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[22/06/2011] A new study from Cambridge University has for the first time found that autism diagnoses are more common in an IT-rich region. The study has important implications for service provision in different regions and for the 'hyper-systemising' theory of autism.Diagnosed Autism Is more Common in an IT-Rich Region - Read more

Families with Insurance Put off or Go without Care

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[01/06/2011] The high cost of health care is deterring parents from taking their children to the doctor or buying prescription medication, regardless of how much money they make or whether they have health insurance, according to a new study.Families with Insurance Put off or Go without Care - Read more

Study: Why Do Autistic Children Wander and Bolt from Safe Places

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[29/04/2011] The Interactive Autism Network launched the first major survey to study the experience of wandering and elopement, or escaping, among individuals with autism spectrum disorders.Study: Why Do Autistic Children Wander and Bolt from Safe Places - Read more

Surgical Technique: Regaining Fertility after Childhood Cancer

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[16/03/2011] A new study has shown that a surgical technique called microdissection testicular sperm extraction (TESE) can effectively locate and extract viable sperm in more than one-third of adult male childhood cancer survivors who were previously considered sterile due to prior chemotherapy treatment. Surgical Technique: Regaining Fertility after Childhood Cancer - Read more

Home Help for Senior Citizens: Legal Employment Must Become Easier

In Germany there often are home helpers from abroad who are occupied illegally. Especially at older people’s homes who need support in everyday life. The reason: Opportunities of legal employment are often unknown, too expensive or juridically shaky. This must change as affected people and experts underline.Home Help for Senior Citizens: Legal Employment Must Become Easier - Read more

Greater Awareness of Food Supply for Children with Diabetes Needed

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[19/01/2011] Managing diabetes in a child requires a careful balance of insulin, diet, and exercise. Buying essential medical supplies, such as needles and testing strips, adds a financial burden to families. According to a new study, the resulting food insecurity that arises from the financial burden of diabetes management increases a child's risk of being hospitalized due to complications from diabetes.Greater Awareness of Food Supply for Children with Diabetes Needed - Read more

Free Concert for Young People with Autism and their Families

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[17/01/2011] The Help Group and Music for Autism present the first of a series of four autism-friendly interactive concerts designed for young people with autism and their families. Free Concert for Young People with Autism and their Families - Read more

 
 

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