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Caregiving

Factors Identified To Play A Role In Alzheimer’s
  • By: Neil P. Thompson, Esq.
  • Published: June 30, 2021

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that triggers difficulties with memory, thinking, and behavior according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer’s affects a growing number of people. There are several factors known to play a role in Alzheimer’s. Let’s look at these factors both positive and negative. Age Age is one of the biggest factors to consider when discussing Alzheimer’s disease. Symptoms generally begin for most after the age of 65. However, the proteins that damage the brain can begin taking a toll on the patient well before symptoms appear. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that after the age of 65, the risk of Alzheimer’s disease doubles every five years. Alzheimer’s disease is associated with old age, but early-onset…Read More

Home Health Care And Technology For Veterans
  • By: Neil P. Thompson, Esq.
  • Published: May 19, 2021

The quest to provide cost-effective, quality in-home care for veterans has been a long-time goal of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Although the agency has long been mired in controversies surrounding its programs, particularly arbitrary caregiver dismissals, the home health services sector of the VA has long been touted as an overall success story. As Thomas Edes, director of comprehensive geriatrics and palliative care programs for the VA puts it, “We’re working in this environment of challenging budget constraints, and at the same time, we’re a very mission-driven organization. Put those together and what happens? That really pushes us to innovate.” This innovation has seen home-based primary care for veterans quadruple since 2000, and all VA medical centers throughout the US now have a palliative care program as well. The VA Medical Foster Home…Read More

How Do You Prepare For A Pandemic In Your Estate Planning?
  • By: Neil P. Thompson, Esq.
  • Published: May 12, 2021

The 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak was officially named by the World Health Organization (WHO) on February 11, 2020. The coronavirus disease 2019 shortly after became known by its abbreviation, CO for corona, VI for virus, D for disease, and 19 for the year of the outbreak; COVID-19. This virus will likely become a milder illness in time because of vaccinations, pandemic controls, and naturally occurring herd immunities. Still, COVID-19 will probably be with us humans forever, endemic in large swaths of the world in varying degrees of intensity. According to National Geographic, COVID-19 may eventually transition into a “mild childhood illness,” joining the four endemic human coronaviruses which contribute to the common cold. Three determining factors, human immunity retention (vaccine or otherwise), virus evolution, and prevalence of older population immunity, will set the pace of…Read More

When Both You And A Loved One Needs Caregiving
  • By: Neil P. Thompson, Esq.
  • Published: April 7, 2021

As aging relatives need care, family members have a natural tendency to step up and provide health care. The love and care many adult children receive growing up become reciprocal, particularly in the case of their aging parents. But with the advent of longer lives, it is not atypical that a senior parent may still be caring for their parents or spouse. More than 16 percent of adult Americans are unpaid caregivers to someone age 50 or more according to Right at Home, a leader in the in-home senior care industry, and the number is projected to increase. Many of these caregivers are trying to cope with their health challenges like osteoarthritis, diabetes, and more, while still providing care for others. The Family Caregiver Alliance reports that over one-third of caregivers are more than 65…Read More

Family Caregiving During The Coronavirus Pandemic
  • By: Neil P. Thompson, Esq.
  • Published: September 24, 2020

Families with loved ones who are most vulnerable to the coronavirus, yet still require caregiving have new challenges to meet. Family caregivers that use to aid their family directly, now find themselves learning how to be long-distance providers during this pandemic. US News reports that before the coronavirus, thirteen percent of Americans provided long-distance care. The new reality is that all family caregivers must employ protocols that maintain social distancing to protect their loved ones. Technology For Caregiving The best way to stay close from far away with ease is to employ technology in your parent’s home, making wellness checks, or using camera monitoring if they are particularly frail. Many homes are already fully alarmed with cameras and motion detectors inside and out. Sharing access codes will allow a family caregiver to visually check-in and…Read More