Caregiver News Roundup Sunday April 25, 2010
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday March 28, 2010
Health Reform Includes a New Long Term Care Program – The new health reform law includes the CLASS Act, a new long term care insurance program administered by the federal government. The program would be available for working adults to purchase and would cover many traditional long term care services plus respite care, transportation, home remodeling and assistive technologies.
What Is in the Health Reform Bill – The new health reform law will make changes to our current system including expanding coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans, providing new consumer protections for the insured and closing the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole."
Memory Can Fade Quickly Even Before Alzheimer’s Disease – Patients with mild cognitive impairment, the stage before Alzheimer’s disease, lose their memory twice as fast as people not suffering any impairment. Once Alzheimer’s sets in, memory loss increases to four times as fast as people not suffering from the disease.
Study Identifies Which Diseases Are Most Likely to Put Seniors in Medicare "Donut Hole" – A new UCLA study has found that seniors suffering from chronic conditions like diabetes and dementia are the ones most likely to hit the Medicare Prescription Drug "Donut Hole."
Rheumatoid Arthritis Is on Rise in American Women – A new study published in the March issue of Arthritis and Rheumatism has found that rheumatoid arthritis is on the rise with American women, especially white women. The study found that the incidence of rheumatoid arthritis in men had leveled off but was continuing to rise by 2.5% per year with women.
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday March 14, 2010
Some Older Patient’s Treated in Emergency Room’s Are Getting Wrong Medications – A new study has found that it is common for patients 65 and older treated in Emergency Rooms to receive incorrect medications.
New Alzheimer’s Test Offers Opportunity for Early Detection – The Computerize Self Test (CST) is a new and simple test for medical professionals to use in identifying Alzheimer’s disease. New research has found that early detection of Alzheimer’s is important in treating the disease so CST raises the possibility of more effective therapies.
Mediators Focus on Elder Issues – Mediators have been used for years to avoid court appearances in divorces and other disputes. Now they are becoming a popular way to deal with family disputes over eldercare.
Numbers of Years a Person Smokes Is Key Factor in Lowering the Risks of Parkinson’s – A number of studies have shown that smokers are less likely to contract Parkinson’s disease. A new study has found that the key factor in lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease is the number of years a person has smoked rather than how much they smoked. An important note – smoking does not eliminate your risk of getting Parkinson’s and has other serious health impacts.
Deciding on the Right Care for Elderly Parents – Finding the correct care solution for parents with declining health is difficult. Finances, the patient’s needs and the person’s personality will all come into play when deciding whether or not to care for the parent at home or move them to a facility.
Stress and Isolation Are Major Problems for Caregivers – A new article in the Atlantic Monthly highlights the stress and isolation people caring for family members/loved ones face and discusses the lack of a strong support infrastructure for caregivers.
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday February 28, 2010
Brain Images Suggest Alzheimer's Drug Is Working – New image technology suggests that Bapineuzumab, a new Alzheimer’s drug, is working. Studies show the drug reduces clumps of plaque in the brain by 25% which is important because plaque is an underlying cause of Alzheimer’s.
Ibuprofen May Reduce Parkinson's Risk – A new study from Harvard University has found that taking Ibuprofen may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease. The research showed that people who took three or more Ibuprofen tablets a week had a 40 percent lower risk of contracting the illness than those who didn't take it.
Video Games May Help Battle Depression in Seniors – A new study has found that “exergames,” video games that combine game playing with exercise, can help improving the symptoms of subsyndromal depression (SSD).
Rapid Image Analysis Method Helps Diagnose Alzheimer's Disease – A study from Finland has found that MRIs of the brain can be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s quickly. Up until this study, diagnosis of Alzheimer’s has been done by review of the symptoms without the aide of brain images.
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday February 14, 2010
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday January 17, 2010
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday January 3, 2010
Senate Passes Healthcare Reform Bill – The US Senate passed a healthcare reform bill on Christmas Eve. The House of Representatives passed a bill in November. The two bills will be merged and a final vote is expected by late January.
Alzheimer’s May Lessen the Risk of Getting Cancer – A new study found that people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s are 69 percent less likely to get cancer than people not suffering from the disease.
Nursing Shortage Is A Concern for Baby Boomers – The US is expected to face a nursing shortage just as the baby boom generation begins to retire. By 2025, the US will be facing a shortfall of 260,000 nurses.
Healthcare Will Need to Change as the Nation Ages – A report from the Institute of Medicine says US is not prepared for the coming boom of senior citizens. A major concern is a lack of medical professionals, such as geriatricians, to treat aging conditions.
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday December 20, 2009
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday December 13, 2009
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday December 6, 2009
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday November 29, 2009
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday November 22, 2009
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday November 15, 2009
Medicare Prescription Drug Enrollment Begins - The annual enrollment period for the Medicare Prescription Drug program starts November 15 and ends December 31. Seniors are encouraged to shop around for the coverage that best fits their needs.
Caregiver Crunch Coming – The aging of the baby boomers, fewer family members and the increasing number of children not living near their parents is going to create a shortage of family caregivers in the near future.
New Law Prohibits Genetic Discrimination – A new law will prohibit employers from requesting genetic tests or considering genetic history in hiring, firings or promotions. The law also prevents health insurers from requiring genetic tests as a condition of coverage or to set premiums.
Lupus Drug Submitted to FDA for Approval – Experimental Lupus drug Benlysta has completed its first round of testing and is headed to the FDA for approval. If approved, the medicine could be available by late 2010.
Gene Mutation Is Linked to Parkinson’s Disease – A study in Natural Genetics has found that mutations of the alpha-synuclein gene and microtubule associated protein tau increase the risk of getting Parkinson’s disease.
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday November 1, 2009
Caregiver News Roundup Sunday October 25, 2009
Swine Flu Emergency Declared – President Obama declared a swine flu emergency Saturday. This allows hospitals to move emergency services for swine flu into non-emergency room settings which will help speed treatment and protect non-infected patients.
Swine Flu Hits Children and Young Adults the Hardest – Of the 1,000 people who have died from swine flu, approximately 100 have been children. It is believe that swine flu is hitting this population harder because their immune systems have not been exposed to as many viruses as older people.
Sunday Caregiver News Roundup
eCareDairy.com blog is starting a new feature today which is the Sunday Caregiver News Roundup. We will review important news stories from the previous week with a quick summary of the article and a link to it.
Swine Vaccine Shortage Predicted – The Centers for Disease Control is predicting a shortage of swine flu vaccine. Only 28-30 million doses will be available instead of the 40 million predicted over the summer. The cause is delays from vaccine manufacturers.
Argument About Swine Flu Vaccinations Continues – Concerns about the safety of the swine flu vaccine has fueled debate whether or not people should get a vaccination.
Study Says Surfing the Web Can Help Slow Dementia – A University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) study showed increased brain activity for seniors with dementia who spend at least one hour a day on the Internet. It appears that the old adage of use it or lose it is really true.