Posts Tagged ‘Alzheimer’s Caregivers’

The American Recall Center

Friday, January 24th, 2014

I am posting this information about the American Recall Center at the request of Mario Trucillo, managing editor of that organization. I hope it will be helpful to you.

Caring for a loved one as they deal with Alzheimer’s takes strength, patience, and true compassion. As those in our care get older, their prescription regimens and level of medical expertise that goes along with care often increases. It can be difficult to find the time to stay up-to-date on the latest safety updates on the complicated world of prescription drugs and medical devices, which is very important in ensuring you are giving proper care.

With The American Recall Center you can find news on potentially dangerous prescription medications and medical devices in simple terms, arming caregivers with the information they need in one easy-to-find location. Whether it’s breaking news on a blood thinner or how to identify side effects from a recent hip replacement recall you can quickly find the information you need to know precisely what to bring up with a medical professional.

Another time-saving tool for caregivers is our newly-introduced Patient Safety Alerts. With this feature, you simple check off the types of drugs taken by you or someone under your care, and whenever there is breaking safety news on a drug in that category you receive an email written in terms that are easy to understand. Features like this exemplify the goal of The American Recall Center: to make medical information easily accessible for everyone, thus saving time and energy for caregivers.

 

 

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: The Staggering Financial Value of Your Services

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Caregivers Everywhere: The financial value of your service has been estimated, and the numbers are shocking.

All Caregivers: In 2009, family caregivers for loved ones (with all medical conditions) provided care valued at $450 billion. That’s more than the total sales of some of the world’s largest companies, including Wal-Mart’s $408 billion. It’s also more than the $439 billion in combined sales of Toyota, Ford and Daimler. (www.thefamilycaregiver.org.)

Alzheimer’s Caregivers:
In 2010, 14.9 million family members and friends provided 17 billion hours of unpaid care to the 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The total economic value of these dedicated caregivers’ services exceeded $200 billion. (www.alz.org.)

Despite these numbers, however, the emotional, social and societal value of your work is inestimable by any measure.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers: Resources for You

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

The Alzheimer’s Association, the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research, has a wealth of helpful information for you on its web site (www.Alz.org). Check out the following parts of the web site that are relevant to caregiver stress:

1. Caregiver Stress Checklist and Resources (www.alz.org/stresscheck/): This is an 8-question quiz to help you evaluate your stress level. For each symptom you answer “yes” to, the site directs you to helpful resources tailored specifically to that symptom.

Just a few of the 19 resources are: a Respite Care Guide, Ways to Be a Healthier Caregiver, Talking to Kids and Teens about Alzheimer’s, Grief and Loss, and Telling Others about an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis.

2. Coping (www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_coping.asp): This section explains some common physical and emotional changes experienced by Alzheimer’s caregivers and ways to cope. It also has brief articles about managing the holidays and caregiver depression.

3. Online Community (www.alz.org/living_with_alzheimers_message_boards_lwa.asp): The Online Community has more than a dozen Message Board Forums with over 14,000 registered members. One of the forums’ most important benefits is simply letting caregivers share their experiences with others in the same situation.

A few of the Forum topics of particular relevance for caregivers are: Caregiver’s Forum, Spouse/Partner Caregiver Forum, Caregivers Who Have Lost Their Loved Ones, and Success Stories.