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Planning and Being Proactive are Important Steps to Caregiving

Two options to help elder caregivers came to my attention.

First, an article was sent to me by a caregiver from the "Seattle Times" entitled "Elder-care planning talk is key for seniors, and their adult children."

The highlights were:

  1. Our parents are mortal.
  2. They will likely need care at some point.
  3. Getting involved in planning while they are still able to make their own decisions is beneficial.
  4. What do they want us to know?
  5. What role do they want us to play in a crisis?
  6. Know where the deed to their home is located or where bills are kept should you need to take over during a hospitalization.
  7. Starting a conversation with these points in mind may be one of the most difficult conversations you and your parents will have, but will cover information we need to have.
  8. We also will be there someday. This information could help us to plan for our own aging.
  9. A 2001 AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) study discovered 75 percent of adult children concerned about eldercare plans; one third never discuss these thoughts with their parents.
  10. Know what kind of care is available in their area ahead of a crisis. In home and out of home options if they can no longer live independently.

Secondly, is a list of web sites about various disease processes that can be helpful to caregivers and their older loved ones.

The sites listed below will give support and information about:

  1. Stroke; (support and information for caregivers)
  2. Alzheimer's Disease; (recent research, support, disease information)
  3. Heart Disorders
  4. Arthritis Information and Arthritis Support
  5. Diabetes

FURTHER READING:

For home services, other resources, housing options nationwide: Contact the ElderLocator: www.eldercare.gov or call (800) 677-1116.

If you have questions about how this works, what you could expect, or for support, call me.

Donna Washburn
ElderCare Specialist
Lincoln Area Agency on Aging LIFE (Lincoln Information For the Elderly) office/ElderCare Connection
402-441-7070
1-800-247-0938

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