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AARP: Tax Tips for Caregivers

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As a family caregiver, you went into the job knowing it would take much of your time. You may not have expected it to take quite so much of your money. Some 42 percent of family caregivers spend more than $5,000 on unreimbursed care for loved ones. Fortunately, there is some light at the end of the tax year: deductions and credits.

As a family caregiver, the IRS allows certain deductions and credits if both parties meet the IRS requirements.

The Internal Revenue Service­ allows family caregivers to claim anyone related by blood, marriage, adoption or even friends as dependents — if both parties meet the IRS

requirements. If so, the caregiver can claim the dependent deduction on federal taxes. Bonus for the single taxpayer: Adding a dependent allows you to claim the deduction and bumps you up to head of household — even if your relative lives in a different house. The change in status means your 2017 personal deduction jumps from $6,350 to $9,350.

To qualify:  Read more here.


Seniors And Vaccinations: Take This Quiz To Find Out What To Get

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What vaccines do you need? Take this personalized quiz from the CDC to find out.

What vaccines do you need? Take this personalized quiz from the CDC to find out.

As you get older, it’s important to continue getting your vaccines in order to stay healthy and strong.

In the United States, most children receive their vaccinations, but the same does not hold true for adults. Millions of American adults skip recommended vaccinations, which leads to tens of thousands of preventable deaths and illnesses. In fact, about 50,000 U.S. adults die every year from vaccine-preventable diseases such as the flu, hepatitis B and pneumococcal disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What Vaccines Do You Need? Find Out Here.

Talk to your health care provider to find out what vaccines you should receive and when. In the meantime you can learn more about the vaccines you need by using this Adult Immunization Vaccine Finder to receive personalized vaccine recommendations based on your age, health status, location and other factors.

You can also review the Adult Immunization Schedule  to see which vaccines you may need.

Some vaccines are needed to not only protect you, but also those around you. For example, it’s recommended that adults be immunized against pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, according to the American Public Health Association (APHA). While pertussis in adults can seem like little more than a bad cold, it can be very dangerous if passed along to an infant who is not fully immunized against the illness.

Some other adult vaccines you should know about, reports the APHA, are:

• Flu vaccine: Adults should receive a flu shot each year to protect themselves and those around them from the flu, which can be especially risky for adults ages 65 and older, pregnant women and people already living with serious health conditions.

 Shingles vaccine: The shingles vaccine is recommended for people ages 60 years old and older. Shingles, which can be very painful, is an outbreak of rash or blisters on the skin and is caused by the chickenpox virus.

• Tdap vaccine: The Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. If you are around infants, it’s especially important to receive this vaccine.

• Pneumococcal vaccine: Pneumococcal disease can cause three major conditions — pneumonia, bacteremia and meningitis — and is a leading cause of serious illness among children and adults worldwide. It’s an important vaccine for at-risk older adults.

  • HPV vaccine:The HPV vaccine protects against strains of the human papillomavirus that can cause cervical and anal cancer.

 

For more information, visit: Staying health, preventing disease: Vaccine for adults

Vaccines.gov/Senior schedule

 

 


AP: Nursing Homes Phasing Out Alarms To Reduce Falls

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The Associated Press: Nursing Homes Phasing Out Alarms To Reduce Falls
Alarms no longer go off when a resident shifts in bed or rises from a wheelchair at Oakwood Village Prairie Ridge in Madison. Nurses no longer place fall mats next to beds or lower beds to the floor when residents sleep. The changes, which took effect at the nursing facility in June, are part of a nationwide movement to phase out personal alarms and other long-used fall prevention measures in favor of more proactive, attentive care. Without alarms, nurses have to better learn residents’ routines and accommodate their needs before they try to stand up and do it themselves. (7/2)

Read entire article here.