Caregiver Resources

There's a lot of good information for caregivers, but some resources are better than others when it comes to the care of a loved one. We've compiled a list of these resources that may be useful to you.

Find and Apply for Senior Benefits

NCOA’S Benefits Checkup Site – Find and Apply for Senior Benefits

A new feature has been added by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to its web-based program BenefitsCheckUp that has the potential to assist millions of patients who are not enrolled (but are eligible for) Extra Help Benefit — a service that’s made available through Part D, Medicare’s Prescription Drug
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Emergency Checklist For Seniors

Emergency Checklist for Seniors

When it comes to elderly care, you always want to be prepared in the case of an emergency. If you’re the caretaker of a senior citizen, you should have an emergency checklist on hand at all times to make your job that much easier. Knowing who to contact during an
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Best Smartphones For Seniors

Best Smartphones for Seniors

Technology continues to evolve at an astounding rate. With new advancements made practically every day senior citizens are in danger of being left out of touch. That doesn’t have to be the case, however. Especially when it comes to one of the most useful and innovative inventions of our age
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Man Slip and Fall Silhouette

Top 5 Strategies for Implementing Fall detection

For most of us, when we think of hazards, falling isn’t the first thing that typically comes to mind. However, every year more than 37.3 million falls are deemed severe enough to require medical attention. According to the World Health Organization, falls are the second leading cause of accidental or
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Medical Alert Checklist

How to Choose a Medical Alert System

Medical alert systems save lives. This is especially the case for those who are at risk of falling, those who have dementia, and for the elderly who live alone. Choosing the right type of medical alert system will give you the peace of mind that help is only a click
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Trends In Telemedicine For 2018 and Beyond

Trends in Telemedicine: 2018

The world is globalizing. With information and technology expanding at a massive rate, there are no signs of our swift advancements slowing down anytime soon. One of the industries that are taking advantage of this massive growth of technology and information is telemedicine. Telemedicine is the very epitome of technology-driven
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Airman Nathan H. Barbour

New Technology for Aging in Place

A new trend has been gaining popularity within the senior citizen population of the United States — aging in place. In other words, an increasing number of seniors would rather grow old in their homes rather than live in a senior care facility. Though the idea is admirable, aging in
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Senior man sitting on a bench with cue in hand, waiting for his turn at shuffleboard.

Sports and Games for Seniors: Fun and Exercise in One

Fitness, it is on the fast track and has been trending across the United States for years. Exercise moves and routines are recycled, new twists and improvements are added to make them the latest “new old” craze across all age groups from the very young to seniors. When it comes
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Seniors Walking and Talking

How to Keep Your Elderly Loved Ones Busy and Active

These seniors enjoy each others company while they walk for exercise. As your loved ones get older, retire, and possibly move to new communities, they may not have as many opportunities to get out and socialize as they did in their younger years. It will also be harder for them
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Medical Alert Device Recommendations

Medical Alert Device Recommendations

With senior living focusing more on independence than ever before, the need for medical alert devices has soared. Recent monitoring systems advancements have allowed aid to many people suffering from medical hardships. But with all of the companies and personal emergency response systems on the market, where does one start
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Senior Independent Living

Senior Independent Living

As our loved ones age, we want them to remain healthy and safe in their own home for as long as possible, so it is important to make sure their environment is appropriate for their physical needs. Unfortunately, several issues that affect seniors can make living environments dangerous, including medication
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Will Medicare/Medicaid Pay for a Medical Alert Device?

Will Medicare/Medicaid Pay for a Medical Alert Device?

One of the many questions those on Medicare or Medicaid ask is whether or not the programs will cover the cost of a fall detection device or other types of medical alert devices, like the GreatCall medical alert. These emergency response system devices are usually worn on a lanyard around
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Aging in Place - Preventing Falls

Aging in Place – Preventing Falls

Falls are a major public health concern for older Americans, and many of these falls occur where you feel that you should be the safest: in your own home. These falls are often due to hazards that can be easy to overlook, but most are simple to fix. There are
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Caring for Chronically Ill Seniors

Caring for Chronically Ill Seniors

When a senior citizen develops a chronic condition, they often require much more care than usual. This is because in addition to the chronic condition, they are also affected by various age-related issues such as diminished eyesight, arthritis, difficulty bending or standing, and other problems. Three of the most common
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Stay Healthy with Tai Chi

Stay Healthy with Tai Chi

Tai chi is one of the most well-known and popular exercise forms in China. Originally a variety of martial arts, tai chi utilizes breathing exercises and body postures that are performed in a slow, sequential pattern. These exercises are designed to improve alignment and balance while enhancing coordination and agility.
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senior citizen coping with pet separation

Coping With Pet Separation

Pet owners know that a strong bond can develop when having a pet, so being separated for even a short period of time can be stressful for both the owner and the animal. For pets, separation anxiety can result in destructive behaviors.  Owners may have a difficult time dealing with
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Healthy Eating after 50

Healthy Eating after 50

Good nutrition is recommended at all ages, but as you get older, healthy eating becomes even more important. For adults who are 50 or older, a proper diet can give you the energy you need to stay active while helping you to stay mentally sharp. Good nutrition is also essential
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Senior at Home Safety Tips

Home Safety for Seniors: Safety Solutions for Independent Seniors

As a senior citizen, you have a variety of housing options available to meet your needs. Active and independent older adults sometimes choose to live in adult retirement communities that provide recreational and social activities, while seniors who might need some extra help at home may benefit from assisted living
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Simple Exercises for Seniors

Simple Exercises for Seniors

When you were a child, your parents told you to get out and exercise. When you were an adult you stayed physically fit with a daily workout. Now that you’re retired, it would be great if you could retire from exercise routines too but…alas, in order to achieve a healthy,
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The Accelerometer: Fall Detection and More Interesting Applications

The Accelerometer: Fall Detection and More Interesting Applications

To measure proper acceleration or g-force, one needs an accelerometer. However, this small device doesn’t measure what most people think of as acceleration (an increase in speed). Instead, accelerometer’s measure what scientists consider proper acceleration, or the acceleration of an object relative to inertia or free-fall. One example of how
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Carer Resources

Carer Resources

According to a 2009 study completed by AARP, there are over 65 million people in the U.S. that are acting as unpaid caregivers to provide care for an adult who is ill or has a disability. This number makes up approximately 29% of the U.S. population that are spending an
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Medical Guardian Classic Base Station

How Do Medical Alert Devices Work?

Part 1          Part 2          Part 3 Traditional Medical Alert Systems Here are some examples of typical medical monitoring devices that you may find while searching for the right medical alert company These models provide the two-way voice feature, made popular in the industry by Life Alert systems,
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Here are some other great resources that you may find useful.  If you find a site that may help others readers, please send it to us so we may consider posting it on this page.

Family Caregiver Alliance

U.S. Health & Human Services – Eldercare.gov

Aging Parents & Elder Care

AARP

Home Instead Senior Care

National Family Caregivers Association

New Lifestyles

Visiting Nurse Association of America

National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) – Consumers

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Underwriters Laboratories Inc.(UL)

Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Five Diamond Central Stations

Medical Alert Monitoring Association (MAMA)

Fall Prevention Guide