Older Adults

Being a Caregiver

"Formal" caregivers are paid for their services and have had training and education in providing care. "Informal" caregivers, also called family caregivers, are people who provide care to family or friends, usually without payment.

Making the Home Environment Safe

Home safety is important when you're caring for an ill, aging, or disabled person.Use this helpful checklist as a guide.

Assistive Equipment for the Home

Assistive equipment is any kind of tool or device that can help simplify caregiving or make the environment safer for an ill, disabled, or elderly person.

Caregivers Need to Care for Themselves

More than 22 million Americans are involved in some form of helping elderly family members or friends with their daily routines. If you're part of this group, whether you call yourself a caregiver, or simply a good daughter or son, you know that caring for an aging parent or friend has its rewards and its trials.

Elder Care

Elder care covers a wide variety of issues. These include choosing an appropriate healthcare provider to care for an aging person. It also includes making decisions about moving an older adult from home to a residential care setting.

Planning the Care of Your Aging Parents

Many children of aging parents wait until there's a crisis, and then they're left scrambling for mediocre options.

Health Newcomer: The Patient Advocate

Patient advocates fulfill many roles, even, in some cases, staying with hospitalized patients around the clock to help guard against medical errors.

Understanding Long-Term Care

When people of any age need others to help them with medical, physical or emotional needs over an extended period of time, they need long-term care.

How to Plan for Long-Term Care

Most older people are independent. But later in life, you or someone you love may need help with everyday activities, such as shopping, cooking and bathing.

Getting the Most from a Mental Health Support Group

If you’re interested in joining an online support group, read on to learn more about finding one that's right for you.

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