Discussion on Caregiver Stress

It is no surprise that more than fifty percent of all caregivers feel some form of stress.  A recent survey by the American Psychological Association entitled “Stressed in America: Our Health At Risk.” has some sobering revelations about the stress level of caregivers.  The real life experience of a caregiver as set forth in the CNN article  “As baby boomers retire, a focus on caregivers” is all too common. Elder care giving is a twenty-four hour, seven day a week job. It has evolved over the time; however, some issues are ever present as articulated by Hendrik Hartog’s Op Ed in the New York Times Sunday January 15,...

Children Caregivers

AARP Public Policy Institute estimates that “in 2009, about 42.1 million family caregivers in the United States provided care to an adult with limitations in daily activities at any given point in time, and about 61.6 million provided care at some time during the year. The estimated economic value of their unpaid contributions was approximately $450 billion in 2009, up from an estimated $375 billion in 2007. ” and that “(the) ‘average’ U.S. caregiver is a 49-year old woman who works outside the home and spends nearly 20 hours per week providing care to her mother for nearly five years.” ...

Geriactric Care Management

A Geriatric Care Specialist is individual or group who assists families with the care of elderly individuals and couples.  In particular, the specialist assists an elderly individual or couple with care management, nursing, gerontology, social, psychological needs. For more information about Geriatric Care Management, please go to Learn more about Geriatric Care Management.

Living Will and Health Care Proxy

A Living Will is an instrument that states the principal’s intent and wishes regarding whether to use or not use extraordinary measures to sustain the principal’s life. Living Wills do not have statutory authority in some jurisdictions, but do provide important direction and instruction regarding your intent and wishes. A Health Care Proxy is an instrument authorizing a trusted individual, the “health care agent,” to make medical decisions for the principal at such time as the principal lacks capacity to make such decisions. You can find more information on a Living Will and Health Care Proxy at the website of Matthieu J....

Basic Medicare

Medicare is the federal health insurance for individuals 65 years or older, individuals under 65 with certain disabilities, and individuals of any age with end-stage renal disease.  Medicare is funded by payroll deductions during an individual’s working career and premiums paid through automatic deductions from social security benefits.  Medicare is divided into four categories. Part A  Hospital Insurance Part B  Medical Insurance Part C  Medicare Advantage Plans Part D  Medical Prescription Drug Coverage The best resource for Medicare information is found on the government website Medicare.Gov.