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[22/04/2015] Discussing end-of-life wishes with loved ones can be difficult, but new research from the University of Missouri shows more individuals are engaging in advance care planning. Advance care planning includes discussing end-of-life care preferences, providing written end-of-life care instructions and appointing a durable power of attorney for health care.More people discuss end-of-life wishes with loved ones - Read more
[07/01/2015] An ageing population means that increasing numbers of people need to spend time caring for elderly relatives. These carers experience high levels of stress; and if they are also in work, their careers are affected and their employers too could suffer if they lose the services of skilled people for sustained periods. Now, two University of Huddersfield researchers have begun to investigate.Carers for the elderly experience stress and their careers suffer - Read more
"As experts on their own behalf, family caregivers should publically share more of their experiences"
Approximately seven percent of people in our society are family members, who look after a loved one in need of care. They accept personal and social responsibility that is oftentimes not sufficiently recognized. To support family caretakers, Brigitte Bührlen founded the WIR! Stiftung pflegender Angehöriger. REHACARE.de spoke with the Chairwoman about networks and self-confidence."As experts on their own behalf, family caregivers should publically share more of their experiences" - Read more
[05/11/2014] The price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the United States comes to $522 billion a year, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Replacing that care with unskilled paid care at minimum wage would cost $221 billion, while replacing it with skilled nursing care would cost $642 billion annually.Cost of informal caregiving for US elderly is $522 billion annually - Read more
[20/10/2014] More than 65 million family caregivers in the US help 12 million seniors and people with disabilities to live at home. While family caregivers save the federal government billions each year in long-term care services, these caregivers aren't getting much support in return, said principal investigator Sandy Magaña, professor of disability and human development at University of Illinois at Chicago.New research center to focus on family caregivers of elderly and disabled - Read more
[15/10/2014] While the typical preteen or adolescent can be found playing sports or video games after school, more than 1.3 million spend their free time caring for a family member who suffers from a physical or mental illness, or substance misuse.Hidden population: Thousands of youths take on caregiver role at home - Read more
[17/09/2014] Nearly half of older adults – 18 million people – have difficulty or get help with daily activities, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Michigan (UM) and the Urban Institute analyzed data from a national sample of older adults drawn from Medicare enrollment files. In all, 8,245 people were included in the 2011 the National Health and Aging Trends Study.Nearly half of older adults have care needs - Read more
[15/09/2014] Mindfulness training for individuals with early-stage dementia and their caregivers together in the same class was beneficial for both groups, easing depression and improving sleep and quality of life, reports new Northwestern Medicine study.Mindfulness training can brighten outlook on life for person with dementia and caregiver - Read more
[28/07/2014] Family carers of people with dementia may need more support with medication management, according to a recent study. Researchers interviewed family members who care for loved ones with dementia to understand the problems they face. Preliminary themes identified included practical issues, the need for clear communication and that carers found the responsibility a heavy burden.Dementia carers need more medication management support - Read more
[27/06/2014] As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring numbers of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers, a new RAND Corporation study says – and it offers possible ways to do so.Dementia: Long-term care must be improved - Read more