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Timmie McCune

Supporting Family Caregivers in Providing Care

For family caregivers, things are more complicated. Patients may resist assistance or advice from their adult children and loved ones. Timmie McCune advises family caregivers to take a step back and reach out for help when dealing with challenging behaviors.

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Smartphone Apps to Help Caregivers of Older Adults

From medication management, to identifying health programs and keeping up with medical appointments, these 5 smartphone apps are designed to make life easier for caregivers.

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A Labor of Love: Caregiving With Understanding and Empathy

“There are lots of times when I get in my car and cry after leaving a client’s house,” says Harwell, caregiver with Right at Home. “But I get it out, then move on. I come into their lives because their health is failing in some capacity, but I get glimpses of what their lives have been like — filled with love, laughter, adventure, family and hobbies. It’s so nice to be able to see those things in all of them.”

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Retired Nurse Launching Second Career in Home Care

"I don’t work as a nurse specifically now, but I can certainly draw upon what I’ve learned in my nursing career,” Rodgers points out. Her hospital nurse experience prepared her for caring for older adults with challenging health conditions. “Because I’ve worked in acute health settings, I know how to look beyond the disease process and see the person,” Rodgers says.

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Arthritis Prevention and Care Tips

Anyone of any age can get arthritis—the Arthritis Foundation says that about 300,000 babies and children have arthritis or a rheumatic condition—but the joint disease becomes more common with age. The CDC states that from 2013 to 2015, almost half of people age 65 and older in the U.S. reported doctor-diagnosed arthritis.

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Caregiver Resilience in Chronic and Hospice Care

“I like spending time with people, and I like being able to help them,” Traina says. “I have an awareness about how other people are feeling, and I know the right way to respond to their needs. I’ve been given this gift, and I want to be able to use it for as long as I can.”

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Coping With Early-Onset Alzheimer’s

“Although the symptoms of forgetfulness and loss of short-term memory, judgment and abstract thinking are the same as later-onset Alzheimer’s, early-onset patients get a lot worse a lot earlier,” Dr. Darby Beach said. “Early-onset Alzheimer’s progresses faster, and we don’t know why. The average person lives for eight years with Alzheimer’s—early onset is a little less at roughly five or six years.”

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Retail Market’s New Niche: Aging Baby Boomers

AARP notes that the over-50 demographic, known as the longevity market, accounts for $7.6 trillion in economic activity. By 2030, when more than one in three Americans will be age 50, what will the upsurge in retail products and services include?

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Is Beer Good or Bad for Your Health?

Although National Beer Day (April 7) promises to be a good time, it allows for the question of whether or not beer is good or bad for our health. There have been a variety of contradictory studies on the effects of alcohol on human health, and the results are, at times, confusing.

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Spring Cleaning for Seniors With the KonMari Method

Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo took the world by storm with her Netflix show "Tidying up with Marie Kondo." Can we apply the "KonMarie method" in spring cleaning for seniors?