Category: Elder Care

Choosing Someone to Help with Home Care

While the majority of questions about family caregiving are extremely complicated, the question of whether or not every home care agency and the people working for them are alike is one of the few that can be answered with a yes or no. There are two primary types of home care services that insurance companies[...]

Tips for Choosing an Elderly Caregiver

[caption id="attachment_5172" align="alignright" width="347"] Home care[/caption] Determining that your family member is in need of additional assistance in the form of a caregiver can be extremely overwhelming, particularly if you have the desire to assist your loved one but do not have the means or the time to dedicate to this effort. More than 41[...]

Achieving “Extreme Old Age” Is Easy, Say British Scientists

A new report out of Great Britain’s Newcastle University makes a fairly attention-grabbing claim. Thanks to modern medical science, they say, it is now easy to reach extreme old age, which they define as age 100 and beyond. View image | gettyimages.com You only need two things: The right lifestyle The right parents The first[...]

Nearly 1/3 of New Jersey Nursing Homes Have A Low Rating

Finding a stellar nursing home for your loved ones is incredibly important, but it’s also extremely difficult. Great nursing homes are simply hard to come by, and that’s particularly true here in New Jersey. View image | gettyimages.com According to U.S. News & World Report, nearly a third (32%) of New Jersey’s nursing homes have[...]

When Young and Old Live Together, They Make Beautiful Music

Think back to college, when many of us lived in a dormitory full of our peers on the brink of life’s horizon. People say the “best years of your life” are in high school and college — days spent being social with fellow youngsters, living the high life under the same roof. But as we[...]

Sweet Tooth Linked to Alzheimer’s, Dementia

A growing body of scientific evidence is illuminating ways in which we might all be able to prevent Alzheimer’s — even if we’re predisposed toward dementia. Until now, most of those efforts have focused on physical activity and mental strengthening. Now there’s a whole new frontier in the battle against Alzheimer’s, but this particular vice might[...]

Nursing Home & Elder Care Costs Keep Climbing

As the average age goes up, so does the cost of getting older. U.S. News & World Report reveals that the median price for a private nursing home room in the United States has reached $91,250 a year — the highest we’ve ever seen. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, meanwhile, the numbers are even higher[...]

Rutgers Launches a Hotline to Help Dementia Caregivers in New Jersey

Life as a caregiver is tough — especially if you aren’t being paid for it. View image | gettyimages.com Studies show that the majority of America’s healthcare providers are gratuitous. That means they are uncompensated volunteers, usually family members, who assume the tremendous burden of elder care on their own. Caring for any senior is[...]

Paying for Alzheimer’s: Medicare, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care

Few diagnoses are more devastating than Alzheimer’s, both in terms of its health toll and its extraordinary financial imposition on families. Paying for long-term care isn’t easy, especially if you or your parents haven’t already been saving for years. Even well in advance, finding the extra money to set aside for a long-term care fund[...]

How Outer-Space Research May Lead to Better Care for Old Age

Space may be the “final frontier,” but we’re still far away from reaping its whole harvest. Indeed, the distant discoveries of outer space continue to pay major dividends here at home. Take senior healthcare, for example. The Washington Post recently reported on scientist Millie Hughes-Fulford, who is currently conducting remote experiments aboard the International Space[...]