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4 things you can do to alleviate caregiver stress

Taking care of a loved one can take a physical and psychological toll. Getting help with caregiving and finding emotional support are crucial for caregivers. Government programs and nonprofit organizations offer helpful resources. More »

Planning ahead for your future medical care

Although heart disease is the most common cause of death, improved therapies have greatly extended the lives of people who then may develop heart failure. And many people with heart failure survive into old age and end up dying of something else—an example of the uncertainty all people live with. People who want to ensure they receive the type of end-of-life care they would like should choose a health care proxy—a person who can speak on their behalf if they cannot. A health decision worksheet, which asks questions about values and wishes about end-of-life care, can help facilitate the conversation.  More »

Caregivers: Remember your own health

It appears that caregivers of people who spend a week or more on an ICU ventilator have a high risk for developing clinical depression that can last up to a year after the ICU survivor is discharged.  More »

How to ease the transition when you move to assisted living

Making the move to an assisted living facility may bring challenges, and adapting may take time. Suggestions to ease the transition include seeking emotional support through therapy or group support, bringing familiar belongings, and getting to know other people in the assisted living facility. An easy way to meet others is to take part in the many activities that are usually offered, such as painting or outings to museums and concerts. Taking part can help people feel purposeful and engaged. (Locked) More »