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Adverse drug reactions are an all-too-common cause of hospitalization for elders. About half of Americans age 65 and older take five or more medications daily and many mix prescription and over-the-counter medications with vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements to Medication-related issues are complicated by how medications are taken, when they are taken, how they interact with each other, and the general health of the patient.
For families living with the realities of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, awareness comes in many forms with unexpected challenges. More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s, and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. While there is no cure, there are care options that bring peace of mind and relief to worried families.
Abuse of the elderly represented by guardians is not always reported. However, reports of family and professional guardians participating in emotional, physical, and financial abuse are more frequently in the news and under investigation.
The share of America’s career military families currently providing elder care is on the rise, creating unexpected monetary stresses, according to newly released data from the First Command Financial Behaviors Index. In its latest report, the First Command Financial Behaviors Index reveals that 42 percent of middle-class military families (commissioned officers and senior NCOs in pay grades E-6 and above with household incomes of at least $50,000) are currently providing care for an elderly parent or other family member.
For most of us, the holidays are a delightful time to share the joys of family life and friendship. But for many elderly adults in particular, the holidays can be highly stressful, confusing and even depressing if their mental, physical and emotional needs are not taken into account.
Families should take note of any decline in a loved one’s ability to accomplish basic activities of daily living. This includes Dressing, Eating, Ambulating, Toileting and Hygiene, as well as the instrumental activities of daily living or community actions -- Shopping, Housework, Accounting, Food preparation and Transportation.
The aging of America has become a financial reality for the nation’s career military, where middle-class families are significantly more likely than their civilian counterparts to care for a parent or other elderly family member -- and they are spending more dollars than they expected to provide that care.
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