Even if you’re not a caregiver now, odds are that you will find yourself in the role someday. Experts on caregiving and aging, as well as dozens of people who have been caregivers themselves, share their best advice to help the next generation of caregivers.
What can you do when dad won’t let you help? Dad’s dementia may be more advanced than he – or Mom – want to admit. He may have had a stroke or a heart attack. Somebody has to do something. But what?
Every 10 years, following a national census, the Constitution requires states to draw districts for each of the newly apportioned 435 seats in the House of Representatives. Since districts were last drawn in 2011, law enforcement officers have killed a person in every one of them. A year after George Floyd’s death, Congressional action has been modest at best. Cities, counties and other localities are moving, comparatively speaking, at warp speed, rethinking whether armed officers should be the initial response to every crisis.
What is the leading cause of injury and death among people 65 and older? 80 and older? Not cancer or COPD. Not heart attacks of strokes. Falls. How to do you prevent falls in the elderly?
You may unexpectedly find that you are needed at home to take care of a child, spouse, parent or other family member – or to recover from an illness or operation. Will you be taking FMLA leave? What is it? What should you consider before taking family medical leave?
Two-thirds of older people take five or more medications which can be more than they need or more than is safe. Doctors and patients are exploring the benefits of “deprescribing” where they regularly review medication regimens to prune away risky or unnecessary drugs as they fight the polypharmacy battle.