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Toll of Caregiving Widespread, Study Says

Asking for help when the burden of caring for a loved one gets to be too much isn’t a sign of weakness. Many are faced with that stress. C.A.F.E. Caregivers are often called to provide respite care to families and are trained to work with all types of situations.

According to a study, Evercare/National Alliance for Caregiving Study of Caregivers — What They Spend, What They Sacrifice, caregivers reported they were spending on average 35.4 hours a week caring for their loved ones, with 19 percent providing care for more than three years and 32 percent caregiving for more than five years.

To accommodate the caregiving time and expenses they had, study respondents were making the following sacrifices:

  • Cutting back on leisure activities (49 percent) and vacations (47 percent)
  • Saving less or not at all for their children’s future (38 percent);
  • Using their savings (34 percent);
  • Cutting back on basics such as clothing, utilities or transportation (27 percent) and groceries (25 percent); and,
  • Cutting back on personal medical or dental expenses (23 percent).

An interesting observation from a study participant that will relate to you: “Time is the most expensive commodity I provide – but it has no price tag,” one caregiver wrote in a diary. Despite the sacrifice, caregivers also said it was a commitment they made willingly.

Study respondents reported on the personal and emotional impact which includes:

  • Heightened stress or anxiety (65 percent);
  • Difficulty sleeping (49 percent);
  • Increased financial worries (43 percent);
  • Depression or hopelessness (37 percent), and
  • New or worsening health problems (26 percent).

So, as you can see, others share your plight. You need respite help to maintain your health and sanity. For resources and more information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.

Information provided by: www.caregiverstress.com

Living Below the Line: Elder Economic Insecurity in Georgia

The Elder Economic Security Standard: The Elder Index.

The Elder Index defines security as the income seniors need to cover basic and necessary living expenses – housing, food, transportation, health care and miscellaneous household items – without public assistance, loans, or gifts. The Elder Index includes no income or savings for home or car repairs, long-term services and supports, or even entertainment money to see a movie with a grandchild.

53% of older adults living alone in Georgia are likely to have trouble making ends meet each month.

Georgia’s 2016 Elder Economic Insecurity Rate (EEIR) – the percentage of retired seniors living in their own homes whose incomes fall below the local Elder Economic Security Standard Index – suggests that 53% of seniors living alone lack the incomes they will need to remain retired, makes ends meet, and age in their own homes.

The report goes on to state that the Georgia statewide Elder Index for renters is $21,552 for one senior and $31,908 for two seniors in one household. In contract, the 2016 federal poverty guideline is just $11,880 for one person and $16,020 for two people. In Georgia, 22% of single seniors live below the poverty line,and another 31% live in what is called the “economic security gap”; which is described as the gap between poverty and the Elder Index. In the United States, 18.8% of single seniors living alone are poor, and another 34.2% live in the economic security gap. While these older adults living in the gap avoid official poverty, their incomes do not qualify for public assistance programs that would allow them to avoid hardship and age in their own homes.

While deceasing poverty is critical, there are also older adults who are one bad break away from poverty.  As the state’s senior population grows, state and local government must recognize the economic security gap, recognize those who fall into it, and deliberately consider policy impacts on senior economic security.

Dementia Diaries….What is Dementia Diaries?

If you haven’t heard, if you are looking to volunteer, if you’re wanting to do something positive, check out volunteering for Dementia Diaries. Dementia Diaries is a UK project funded by Comic Relief and The Big Lottery Fund. It is coordinated by Innovations in Dementia. While people in the US cannot participate, you can still listen to the diaries and be a transcriber for the diary entries.

Dementia Diaries enables people who are living with dementia to record their day-to-day reflections and experiences as short recordings (‘audio diaries’).

The audio diaries are then posted on:

Soundcloud – www.soundcloud.com (search Dementia Diaries)

The Dementia Diaries website – www.dementiadiaries.org

Twitter@DementiaTweets

Facebook www.facebook.com/dementiadiariesposts

The recordings are are available to the public as soon as they have been published.

Why is the project important?

By talking about their lives to the public, the Diarists hope to improve understanding of the diverse experiences of living with dementia. Communities, individuals, professionals, and servicer’s can become more aware, and have a better understanding, of the day-to-day life experiences.

Recordings can be used to help others effected by dementia or can be used by professionals in training, media, in meetings, or conferences.

How to become a transcriber?

It’s so simple! You don’t have to register, sign-up or anything like that. You don’t even have to contact the Dementia Diaries website! Just go onto the website whenever you like (https://dementiadiaries.org/) and click the tab that called ‘Audio Diaries that Need Transcribing‘. You will see the instructions. You can do as many or as few transcriptions as you like, they appreciate every one!

How else can you help promote Dementia Diaries?

You can:

  • encourage people with dementia who you know to become Diarists
  • follow them on Twitter and/or Facebook to share reports
  • try to integrate Dementia Diaries into other projects you might be involved in:

Contacts:

Rachel Niblock, Dementia Diaries Coordinator, Niblock@myid.org.uk or by phone/text on: 07720 538851

Philly Hare, Innovations in dementia Director and lead for Dementia Diaries. Philly@myid.org.uk or by phone/text on 07932 9956209

https://dementiadiaries.org

Information gathered from a blog posting provided by – Society of Certified Senior Advisors web address: www.csa.us


Need One on One Help with Medicare Assistance and Counseling

Medicare Enrollment season is quickly approaching. Many Baby Boomers will qualify for Medicare and many older American’s that are already receiving Medicare should review their current plans.

Each day, about 10,000 baby boomers become Medicare eligible, and one-on-one assistance is needed to advise, educate, and empower individuals to navigate an increasing complex Medicare program and help beneficiaries make choices among a vast array options to best meet their needs, saving money….(NCOA).

For local, in depth Medicare assistance and counseling visit or call:

Frida Janvier with Vim Rise Insurance – she has been assisting with New Medicare enrollment, and current Medicare beneficiaries for 5 yrs.  You’ll receive One on One counseling, speak with a her face to face and get questions answered. Your outcome: speak to the same person each time you call, totally avoid “Voice Prompts” when you do call, and get a personalized approach to your health care questions and selections.

Vim Rise Insurance & Tax – 957-A Main Street, Stone Mountain, GA 30083  Ph: (770) 217-9882

Aging and Your Family – The Effects of Caregivng

According to a Gentworth study… ” In many families, it’s assumed that caregiving for an older adult will be provided by a younger family member. while the experience of caregiving can be rewarding for some, the physical, financial, emotional, and psychological strain of caregiving can have wide-reaching impact on the family and friend of caregivers.” (https://www.genworth.com/aging-and-you/family/caregiving.html)

52% -of Caregivers did not feel qualified to provide physical care

70% – of Caregivers missed some time from work

$10,423 – Total average out-of-pocket expense

I share this video and information on my page because I too experience Rhonda’s story. I moved from Pennsylvania to Georgia to provide care for my mother and my father, my mother has since passed away. I worked in the “Corporate World” for 27 years as an Executive Admin Asst.  Since, moving to the South, I have had to take a series of mediocre, jobs so that I can be available for my father. I needed something very flexible. My experience with Corporate has taught me that they are not very sensitive when it comes to taking time off to care for your parents nor are they very flexible. My 1st job here in Georgia was with the infamous “Waffle House”.  When my father landed in the hospital, I left work immediately, was gone for a week, and when I returned, I picked up work as usual.  I do not see that happening in our Corporate World. My life has been unstable since moving to the South: only because I choose to care for my father.  My career has been on hold, just as Rhonda’s in the video.  Therefore, this post is to let people know, that the struggle is real, but just like Rhonda, if given the opportunity, I would not change a thing. I LOVE YOU DADDY

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