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Meet Our Caregiver Champions

Friday, November 8th, 2019

Caregiver Champions Contest Recognizes and Honors Family Caregivers Great caregivers know that taking care of themselves gives them the energy and patience needed to be the very best at helping their loved one. They exercise or meditate, they draw on resources like support groups and caregiving classes. They use adult day programs as a way of stimulating their loved one and providing themselves with a break. They reach out to friends ...

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AAA 1-B Staff Work to Help Other Nonprofits

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

 Day of Giving Strengthens Agency's Community Bonds From weeding and mowing to shredding old office documents to packing frozen veggies to delivering meals to homebound seniors, 122 staffers from Area Agency on Agency 1-B rolled up their sleeves and got busy volunteering in October for community partners that included Lighthouse, Meals on Wheels, Gleaners Food Bank Distribution Center and Hope Clinic. The Agency Give-Back was part of an initiative to foster camaraderie ...

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What Questions Should You Ask When Hiring a Home Care Agency to Care for an Aging Parent?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Hiring someone to come into your home to care for your elderly parents or loved one can be daunting. How will you know if they’re up to the task? How do you know if they will be the right fit? Will they understand your parent’s needs and, most importantly, will your loved one be safe in their care? Create a job description Start by assessing your needs. Gather your thoughts and jot ...

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10 Essential Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Seniors

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

The residents of Ikaria, a Greek Island for whom the mythical Icarus is named, are among the healthiest, longest-lived people on Earth. Is it something in the water? How can American seniors achieve similar results? There's no great mystery to the Ikarians' longevity. They eat a healthy Mediterranean diet (no processed foods!), have strong community ties, and are insulated from most modern conveniences. They also get plenty of exercise in ways ...

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Top 10 Caregiver Tips For Staying Healthy and Active

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Being a caregiver can be a privilege, an act of love, a sacred responsibility, or a personal calling. It can also be incredibly challenging. If you are a sole or primary caregiver for someone who is highly dependent on you for their safety and wellbeing, you may find yourself experiencing feelings of disconnectedness, serious stress or burnout. Nearly 30% of adults in the United States are caregivers, spending around 20 hours ...

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Caregiver Champions Contest Gives Family Caregivers Chance to win $500

Monday, August 26th, 2019

The Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) knows caring for an aging family member can be both challenging and rewarding. As an organization committed to enhancing the quality of life of older adults, we want to recognize those who are daily champions in caring for an older loved one. Do you know someone who is caring for an older loved one or family member who goes above and beyond and ...

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Understanding Transportation Options as We Age

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Relinquishing the car keys used to be one of the toughest decisions a senior had to make. The loss of driving privileges often signaled the end of independence. Unless there was a community paratransit bus or some other type of senior shuttle, giving up driving typically meant relying on friends, neighbors, or adult children for rides. How times have changed. Today there is a spectrum of options offering elders safe, affordable ...

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Managing Caregiver Stress

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

Family caregivers — those people who are caring for an aging or chronically ill loved one — often face a lot of stress. Caregiving can be a fairly invisible and underappreciated role. The estimated price tag for informal caregiving in the U.S. is a staggering $522 billion a year, according to a RAND Corporation study. The study estimates that, as a group, family caregivers provide 30 billion hours of unpaid care ...

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Medicare and Medicaid Long-Term Care: What Does It Cover

Friday, August 2nd, 2019

If you or a loved one require long-term personal or medical care, you may be wondering what is covered and what isn’t under federal and state programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Both Medicare and Medicaid may help pay for some long-term care services. However, the circumstances in which each coverage can be used are limited, and each program has strict rules about Whether you qualify for benefits Which long-term services ...

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Postherpetic Neuralgia: Treating Nerve Pain After Shingles

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

More than half of all seniors beyond age 65 live with chronic pain. One cause: Shingles. Almost a third of Americans will develop shingles, a viral skin rash that has its origins in childhood illness and can lead to chronic pain. What is Post-herpetic Neuralgia? You probably contracted chickenpox as a child; that's when most people are exposed to this highly infectious virus. Known clinically as varicella-zoster, the infection is characterized by ...

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