September 29, 2008
The Sept. 18 Metro article "Court Gives Child Agency in D.C. 2 Weeks to Form Plan" made me think of my own situation and that of many others like me in the District. I am a grandmother raising my 4-year-old grandson, Isaiah, on my own. I never thought that as a 50-year-old I would be raising children again. But I am the sole caregiver for Isaiah, who suffers from chronic lung disease and was recently diagnosed with autism. I love him dearly and am committed to taking care of him. But times are rough, and we struggle every day just to get by....
November 11, 2008
We can thank the people at Medicare's call centers for a new Web portal specifically designed for caregivers. Medicare's main site ( http://www.medicare.gov ) is so packed with information for beneficiaries and doctors in addition to caregivers that finding the precise nugget you need can be difficult. The new site ( http://www.medicare.gov/caregivers ), says Kerry Weems, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, aims to answer basic questions that Medicare staffers have been fielding by...
October 2, 2012 |
Once again, my husband and I have joined the millions in this country providing care for an elderly relative. A few years ago, we cared for my husband's father. But he insisted on returning to his home. The situation worked for a while. Then it became clear that my father-in-law would need to move back in with us. There is joy in caregiving. Yet it's also a tough job, and it can bring on lots of stress, anxiety and a strain on your finances. And in our country's never-ending battle to contain health-care costs, caregivers are increasingly...
August 28, 2008
THURSDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who live with and provide direct care during the night for someone with dementia have significantly worse sleep than other older adults, U.S. researchers say. The study compared 31 caregivers and 102 noncaregivers, ages 60 to 89. Caregivers slept about 33 minutes less per night than non-caregivers and took about 10 minutes longer to fall asleep. Caregivers also had more variable sleep from night-to-night, reported lower sleep quality, more daytime...
May 2, 2008
FRIDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- There's a significant difference in sleep disturbances experienced by Alzheimer's disease patients and the sleep woes of their caregivers, new research shows. A team from the University of Washington, in Seattle, found that poor sleep in either a patient or caregiver aren't always connected. The researchers studied 44 older adults, aged 63 to 93, with probable or possible Alzheimer's disease and their adult family caregivers, aged 21 to 87. One week of sleep-wake activity for the...
November 20, 2008
THURSDAY, Nov. 20 (HealthDay News) -- The stress of providing care for a loved one with Alzheimer's results in 25 percent of family caregivers having at least one emergency room or hospital visit every six months, says an Indiana University study. It's long been recognized that family care of an Alzheimer's patient is difficult, but the Indiana University researchers said their study is the first to actually measure the stress and examine how it affects the physical and mental health of caregivers.