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NAS Study Finds America Facing Family Caregiver Shortage

The need for family caregivers in the United States is rapidly increasing, yet demographic shifts are causing the pool of potential family caregivers to decrease, according to “Families Caring for an Aging America,” a new highly anticipated report from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Currently, nearly 18 million people in this country provide some form of care for loved ones age 65 or older.

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New Video Series Addresses Legal, Care Issues for MS Patients

The new “Legal and Care Planning for People with Multiple Sclerosis” video series is intended to help people diagnosed with MS and their families understand the complex legal and planning issues they face.

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Webinar Features Supports for Federal Workers/Caregivers

During this webinar, participants will learn critical information related to workplace, education, health care, and transportation supports for federal employees and their dependents and/or other family members with disabilities or health conditions.

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Survey: Over Half of Arizona’s 45+ Residents are Family Caregivers

If you’re over the age of 45 and live in Arizona, chances are better than 50-50 that you’re currently providing care to an adult loved one. At least, that’s what a recently commissioned survey by AARP found.

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Exposed: Best, Worst States Providing Access to Palliative Care

A newly released report now being circulated on Capitol Hill demonstrates that access to palliative care remains highly variable and depends more upon accidents of geography and hospital ownership than it does upon the needs of patients with serious illness and their families.

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Report Analyzes Person-Centered Care in the States

The report examines how well states are implementing a 2014 rule that creates the right to person-centered care planning for Medicaid consumers of Long-Term Services and Supports.

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Aging Parents Typically Resist Getting Needed Help

The survey finds that seniors’ resistance to getting needed medical care is the easiest for children to overcome, while decisions about whether to continue driving and getting needed home care and help with household chores are the most common trouble spots.

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Informal Care of Elderly Valued at Over Half Trillion Dollars Annually

The price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the United States comes to $522 billion a year, according to a new study. Replacing that care with unskilled paid care at minimum wage would cost $221 billion, while replacing it with skilled nursing care would cost $642 billion annually, the study says.

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