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Caregivers Find Support With AARP Caregiving Guides

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Caregiving guides from AARP help you take on your role of caregiver with more support and knowledge specific to your care journey.

If you are a caregiver, you’ve taken on one of the most important and challenging roles you’ll ever have. The AARP is here to help. Their website has a section devoted to caregivers with all sorts of resources, tools and forums, as well as the following special guides, to help you in your specific caregiving journey. Choose from:

Help for First-Time Caregivers. The life of a caregiver can be daunting. Read and apply this 5-step process to ease your transition into caring for a loved one. Get started.

Help Caring for a Loved One at Home. Follow this 5-step plan to overcome safety and health care challenges that come with caring for a loved one in their own home (or yours). Get started.

Help Caring for a Loved One with Cancer. Many caregivers care for loved ones who have cancer. Read these resources and tips on how to provide this special type of care. Get started.

Help Caring for a Loved One with Dementia. Many caregivers care for loved ones who have dementia or Alzheimer’s. Read these resources and tips on how to provide this special type of care. Get started.

Help for Common Caregiving Conflicts. Being a caregiver can be stressful when siblings argue, care is refused or money becomes an issue. Diffuse conflict with these helpful tips. Get started.

Help for Long-Distance Caregivers. Many caregivers care for loved ones who live far away. Read these tips on creating a solid care team and maintaining good communication. Get started.

For more caregiving information, visit AARP caregiving. 


Record The Story Of Your Life. Start Here.

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Free online site allows you to record your life events and your end-of-life plans for your loved ones.

Free online site allows you to record your life events and your end-of-life plans for your loved ones.

Have you ever thought about how you want to be remembered upon your passing? What memories, photos and video you’d most like your loved ones to recollect? Letters, thoughts, messages you’d like to leave behind? Maybe even write your own biography for your family and friends to read? You can do all that and have it stored in an online site for free.

BeRemembered is a free online social networking service, where you can record how you want to be remembered by your family, friends and loved ones, even after you leave this life. You can record stories of your life, add pictures and video, describe how you want your end-of-life funeral event to be, even store private messages that are delivered to loved ones after you leave this life. It’s a great project for hospices and assisted living facilities, places of worship and other senior centers to help seniors (or people of any age) get started on telling their story and leave a loving legacy for their families.

The site is designed to be a vehicle for you to gradually collect, organize and archive your finest memories and thoughts. Also reflect on, and plan, your end-of-life celebration. Membership is free.

There’s a section on the site, My Bucket List, where you can set goals and track them. Maybe it’s taking a dream vacation or trying an adventure like skydiving. There’s Timeline, where you can capture your life’s events by uploading the stories, images and video that define the way you’ve lived your life. Say your last goodbyes here too in the section titled My Plan. This is where you plan for what comes after your life ends.

First step is to choose a guardian who will co-manage your account and the accounts of others you select to share all this with.

Check out these frequently asked questions.


Geriatricians Can Help Aging Patients Navigate Multiple Ailments

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Kaiser Health News: Geriatricians Can Help Aging Patients Navigate Multiple Ailments 
Judith Graham writes: “For months, Teresa Christensen’s 87-year-old mother, Genevieve, complained of pain from a nasty sore on her right foot. She stopped going to church. She couldn’t sleep at night. Eventually, she stopped walking except when absolutely necessary. Her primary care doctor prescribed three antibiotics, one after another. None worked. “Doctor, can’t we do some further tests?” Teresa Christensen remembered asking. “I felt that he was looking through my mother instead of looking at her.” (Graham, 2/23)

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