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“Helping Those Who Help Others”
|Vol. 3, No 31||
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
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In this week's edition of The Caregiver's Hotline:
Assisted Living Rate Increases Slow After Big 2005 Jump
There’s some good news on the assisted living front: After a whopping jump in assisted living rates in 2005, rates this year have seen only a modest increase. What’s more, an increasing number of facilities now offer dementia care, supporting an alternative to home care or outright institutional care for this fast-growing disease. Read on to find out how your community ranks in ALF costs. [Read the full story]
Elderly Women Receive Short Shrift in Breast Cancer Treatment
Elderly women make up about half of all breast cancer patients, but the treatment they receive – and even the efforts to diagnosis their disease – fall far short of those given younger women. See why researchers believe the medical community needs to be much more bullish on helping older women. [Read the full story]
Smile and Laugh Away Your Caregiving Stress: Study
Want to get through the ups and downs of elder-caregiving more easily? Try a heavy dose of humor to wash over emotional concerns and family tensions. We’ll tell you more about this antidote as well as other interesting findings of an extensive survey of elder-caregivers. [Read the full story]
Boomer Caregivers' Financial Nightmare is Younger Gen's Opportunity
One of the most important legacies baby boomers can give their younger generation is education and encouragement to start planning now for the almost certain financial pitfalls of family caregiving later in life, as well as their own retirement planning. Learn how "the miracle of compounding" can make all the difference for those in their 30s’ or younger. [Read the full story]
Beta-Blocker Eye Drops Can Cause Serious Reactions; Elderly Cautioned
Beta-blocker eye drops, often used in older patients to treat blindness-causing glaucoma, may cause significant adverse effects such as death, heart attack, serious drops in blood pressure, and fainting spells. That’s the warning from a major consumer group. We’ll tell you what you need to know, including a listing of the most commonly prescribed beta-blocker drops. [Read the full story]
How Much Influence Do Medical Publications Have on Your Doctor?
We read all the time, including in this newsletter, about this or that health or medical research finding. But have you ever wondered how your doctor is influenced by these same articles? We’ll tell you what researchers found when they looked into this topic. [Read the full story]
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