Alzheimer’s disease; is it simply the feeble and forgetful old person we knew growing up, or is it something bigger than that? Today the buzz in the medical community is dementia and the role it plays in the millions of Americans who are living way longer than they expected.
You bought a Long Term Care policy several years ago because you were told you should! Now you need surgery and you actually need to use it. What do you do and where do you go for guidance?
If you have had Chicken Pox you are susceptible to Shingles, since it’s the same virus which has simply returned. Once you have had it, the varicella virus a depressed immune system and stress can cause it to erupt. Shingles might seem harmless to most but to the elderly it could be devastating. "The pain symptoms of shingles can be debilitating. If it is severe and persists for months or years, it is called post herpetic neuralgia (PHN). And unfortunately, persistent pain is a common symptom in people over 60."
As our parents age and lose their ability to properly take care of themselves independently, we as loving children often take on the task of ensuring they are properly cared for. Oftentimes to balance our own demanding responsibilities and workloads, we are faced with the challenge of seeking outside caregiving alternatives.
Many of us have loved ones who are facing the need for this additional care. According to the American Society on Aging, after age 65, an American has more than a 70 percent chance of needing help with the activities of everyday living. There are a number of options available including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. However, most seniors want to live in their own homes, surrounded by their belongings and memories, for as long as possible. More and more families are recognizing the benefits of hiring right at home caregivers to extend the stay and comfort of home and still have peace of mind.
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