According to a new survey, the biggest fear for the majority of family caregivers is their loved one's general health and physical decline followed by the fear that Alzheimer's will rob their loved one of the ability to communicate. The survey designed by the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA) and Forest Laboratories, Inc. and conducted by the GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications, shows that the progressive inability to properly communicate is more than just a fear, it is a major source of stress, which interferes with the caregivers obligation and ability to function responsibly. Alzheimer's is a progressive, neurodegenerative disorder whereby patients have memory problems that affects their thinking and behavior, which eventually becomes severe enough to impact work, lifelong hobbies, and their social life.
America's elderly population will nearly double by 2050, according to a Pew Research report. As baby boomers enter retirement, concern exists as to who will care for them as they age. Traditionally, children have accepted the caregiving responsibilities, but those caregiving roles are becoming blurred as more families are affected by divorce and remarriage than in previous decades. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found that relationship quality trumps genetic ties when determining caregiving obligations. Lawrence Ganong, a professor and co-chair in the MU Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Environmental Sciences (HES), studied how divorce and remarriage affect beliefs about who should care for aging relatives. He found that relationship quality, a history of mutual help, and resource availability influence decisions about who cares for parents and stepparents.
Becoming a first aider is not a big deal, you give a small amount of time to learn knowledge and skill, but it could one day make a difference and save a life. This article gives one or two examples of where basic first aid knowledge, administered in a few crucial minutes has saved lives, dispels some common myths about first aid and how one charity is raising awareness through their "Be the Difference" campaign (including a neat iPhone app so you can carry first aid knowledge around with you). It finishes off with some advice on how to choose a first aid course and what to put in a basic first aid kit. First Aid in Action My earliest memory of first aid in action was as a child in the 1960s. It was a hot day, and I was in the shallow end of a busy outdoor pool when suddenly there was a piercing scream: I looked round, as did dozens of other children and adults, to see a very distressed mother clutching her little girl's still, blue body.
The decision by nursing homes whether or not to treat an ill resident on-site or send them to a hospital are often linked to that person's insurance status. A new study out this month shows that on average individuals enrolled in Medicaid are 27 percent more likely to be sent to the hospital than individuals with private insurance - decisions that often result in higher costs of care and poor health outcomes. "Nursing homes have an incentive to hospitalize some residents more often than others, " said Helena Temkin-Greener, Ph.D., M.P.H., senior author of the study and associate professor of Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. "This study provides strong evidence that these financial incentives may motivate consideration of payer source in the decision whether or not to hospitalize an individual.
Confirming many elderly patients' worst fears, a national study has shown that being hospitalized for an acute event, such as a stroke or hip fracture, can lead to long-term institutionalization in a nursing home. Equally alarming, researchers found that direct discharge to a skilled nursing facility - a common practice designed to reduce hospital stays - put patients at "extremely high risk" of needing long-term nursing home care. According to researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, these findings suggest that programs aimed at helping older patients recuperate successfully at home instead of in an institutional setting could greatly improve their health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. The study is published online in the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences.