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Around 75 percent of individuals with Down syndrome aged 65 and older develop Alzheimer’s, making the role of their caregivers even more complex as they age

Caring for Loved Ones with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia

Caring for a loved one with intellectual and development disabilities (IDD) already presents a unique set of challenges from those faced by most caregivers. When a loved one with IDD presents with changes in behavior, memory and sometimes mobility, those challenges are then joined with the challenges of being a dementia caregiver—and can often feel confusing, overwhelming and at times even too much to handle.

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By Julie Hayes | 01/18/2022

An older adult and caregiver looking over an emergency preparedness checklist

Caregiving for Older Loved Ones through Natural Disasters

For caregivers, preparing for and responding to the aftermath of a natural disaster comes with the additional challenge of protecting the safety and needs of a vulnerable loved one. This challenge can be compounded further by a loved one’s disability or illness. Whether we live in the South and need to prepare for hurricane season and flooding, live in the West and face earthquakes and wildfires, or live in the North and risk snow- and ice-related power outages, it is crucial for us to be proactive when taking care of a loved one during a disaster. A helpful way to stay prepared is by developing an emergency preparedness plan.  

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By Sara Powers, PhD | 01/18/2022

A stressed working caregiver

Stigma and Working Caregivers: Why Are We Afraid to Talk About Caregiving at Work?

Caring for an older loved one or friend touches many of us. According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, one in six employed Americans report assisting with the care of an older loved one. Moreover, an estimated 10 million millennials are now a part of the caregiver population. So why are we still afraid to talk about caregiving while at work? The answer is stigma.

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By Lisa Weitzman | 01/18/2022

An old adult at an annual eye appointment—these are essential to receiving an accurate diagnosis

Helping Older Adults Live Well with Age-Related Vision Loss

Changes in vision are common in older adults. According to statistics from the American Foundation for the Blind, over 6.1 million Americans aged 65 and older experience some form of vision loss. Loss of vision can be overwhelming for a loved one, especially since it can affect many different parts of life from the ability to drive safely to being able to take part in hobbies like reading or doing jigsaw puzzles. However, thanks to improved treatments and assistive devices, there are options we can explore to make it much easier for loved ones to preserve as much of their vision as possible and continue to live safely and independently at home.

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01/18/2022

An older couple participating in SHARE for Dementia, and evidence-based program

Evidence-Based Programs: Why They Matter for Dementia Caregivers

 Caregivers for loved ones with dementia are familiar with the effort, dedication and time needed to provide quality care. It’s next to impossible to do on one’s own, yet asking for help and finding resources isn’t always easy. Even though it feels at times like there’s a long list of programs, services and caregiver resources out there, it may still feel like there’s nothing that fits your individual needs at the moment you need it. And even if there is, how can you know the program or service is reliable, high-quality or will even work to help you and your loved one in the first place?

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By Julie Hayes | 12/15/2021