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Living Wills and Advance Directives: 101

Posted by CaraVita Staff on April 1 2014
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Topics: Geriatric Case Management, Caregiver & Caregiving Resources

CDC: Memory Loss Increasingly Frequent

Posted by CaraVita Staff on May 20 2013

A large survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that 13 percent of Americans aged 60 and older reported worsening memory loss or confusion in the previous year, highlighting the need to be alert for early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

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Topics: Geriatric Case Management, Senior Treatments, Alzheimer's & Dementia, Caregiver & Caregiving Resources

How to Reduce Your Risk for Heart Disease

Posted by CaraVita Staff on February 19 2013

Heart disease is a real killer. Luckily there is a playbook on how to reduce your risk for heart disease.

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Topics: General Care Information, Geriatric Case Management, Senior Treatments, Caregiver & Caregiving Resources, Health & Nutrition

Women and Heart Attacks

Posted by CaraVita Staff on February 15 2013

Cardiovascular disease is number one cause of death in the United States for both women and men. One in every three deaths, or 2,200 a day, are contributed to some form of cardiovascular disease, according to the CDC. Yet, a recent UK study suggests that female heart attack victims are twice as likely to die as their male counterparts. The reasons why are both physiological and social.

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Topics: General Care Information, Geriatric Case Management, Senior Treatments, Caregiver & Caregiving Resources

New Year Cheer

Posted by Nancy Marvin on January 6 2012

As we begin the New Year let us evaluate what stressed us last year and how we want to address it this year. Caregiving is emotionally draining. You often fell bad when you think less than kind thoughts. Give your self a break as you are only human. Learning to forgive your thoughts and looking at how you can give your self some space each day is important to caring for a loved one. We are so engrained in helping and solving that often we go into autopilot mode in caregiving.

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Topics: Geriatric Case Management, Caregiver & Caregiving Resources, CaraVita Senior Care

Can our Government fund Aging Programs?

Posted by Nancy Marvin on August 1 2011

It is clear from all the controversy in Washington over the debt ceiling that we are in trouble trying to problem solve our nation's issues. The next shoe that will drop will be Medicaid and Physician fundings. Both were on hold but eventually delays and stimulus only go so far. One of the blogs I read is from the
Center for Long-Term Care Reform, Inc.
2212 Queen Anne Avenue North, #110
Seattle, WA 98109
Ph: 206-283-7036
Fax: 206-283-6536
E-mail: mailto:info@centerltc.com
Web: http://www.centerltc.com

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Topics: General Care Information, Geriatric Case Management, CaraVita Senior Care

Caregiver Burnout

Posted by Nancy Marvin on February 14 2011

As I reflect on experiences in geriatric case management, my thoughts lead me to my work with families and in particular with caregivers. The most common dilemma seen when working with people that are caring for their loved one is caregiver burnout. As a professional, I can clearly recognize caregiver burnout. Many caregivers unfortunately do not recognize it. Burnout is not like a cold. You will likely not notice it when you are firmly within its grip. Many caregivers work themselves so hard they end up with an illness or hospitalization.

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Topics: Caregiver & Caregiving Resources, Geriatric Case Management, Home Care Resources, CaraVita Senior Care

Strategically Plan Your Caregiving

Posted by Nancy Marvin on January 3 2011

With mountains of pills, multiple doctor appointments and a slew of daily activities it is hard to think beyond the minute or hour.  However if you as a caregiver are overwhelmed with the what goes on each day, you have to take  time to step back and see if what you are doing is being effective.  Often times just talking with someone knowledgeable can help put things in perspective.  Many times when families come to our doorstep, they are on the brink of exhaustion.  In fact, I had one man run in and tell me he had only a few minutes as he had left his wife  alone locked up  and had not had a break in her care for several years.  He was interested in respite, but what he needed was  a plan.

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Topics: General Care Information, Geriatric Case Management, Alzheimer's & Dementia, Caregiver & Caregiving Resources