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Welcome: Mission Statement New Edition of CaringTimes©: Winter 2010
CaringTimes© is an educational resource for family caregivers, children, friends, and neighbors who provide home care or long distance caregiving to adults over 60 years of age and individuals living with a disability.  Our focus is to support Caregivers by featuring topics that encourage independent living through consumer directed, community based home care services.
CaringTimes© is dedicated to providing helpful information to support your caregiving efforts. You do not have to walk this journey alone. We are committed to improving the quality of life of aging parents and individuals living with a disability who require assistance to remain at home.
The CaringTimes© website is sponsored by GRISWOLD SPECIAL CARE, the world's oldest multi-national non-medical home care company.
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This edition includes articles about Supporting Stroke Survivors and The Family Caregivers; VP Biden's Middle Class Task Force Initiatives For Caregivers; Salt In Processed Foods; Health Watch; MS Awareness Week; and  Reauthorization of The Older American's Act
 
 
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Tax Scammers After Your IRS Returns - It's that time of year again when sophisticated scammers come after your tax returns. Now that people are more aware of how they use the telephone, scammers have turned to the internet. According to AARP Magazine, April 2010, “the IRS has received several reports of e-mail scammers stealing taxpayers' identities by tricking users into believing they are visiting or responding to official e-mail from the IRS. The scammers pose as a government, financial or business institution or official in an effort to trick the e-mail recipient into revealing personal and financial information that could be used to steal money, run up credit cards and steal identities to apply for loans, credit cards and services or benefits in the victim's name. The scammers try to obtain credit card numbers and passwords, bank account numbers and passwords, Social Security numbers and more. "The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mails to taxpayers about tax account matters," said Sue Hales, IRS spokeswoman for Illinois. "Be very careful when providing your personal information to anyone and beware of unsolicited e-mails asking for information."”
 
Sensory Impairments In Older Adults - According to Charles F. Dillon, MD. etal. in the article “Vision, Hearing, Balance, and Sensory Impairment in Americans Aged 70 Years and Over: United States, 1999-2006,” sensory impairments are a substantial problem for older Americans: One out of six has impaired vision; one out of four has impaired hearing; one out of four has loss of feeling in the feet; and three out of four have abnormal postural balance testing. Sensory impairments increase with age: Vision and hearing impairments each double, and loss of feeling in the feet increases by 40% in persons aged 80 years and over compared with persons aged 70-79 years. Long-term public health goals for the older U.S. adult population are to decrease morbidity, to reduce functional limitations, to preserve a good quality of life, and maintain independent functioning. Each of these areas can potentially be impacted by sensory impairment, which is also linked to increased mortality, hip fractures, and depression. Hearing and vision impairment in older adults may present particular challenges to families and caregivers. Although some degree of sensory loss may be irreversible, these data indicate that significant numbers of persons may be helped by the use of better glasses or by hearing aid use. More attention will need to be given to this basic health issue.
 
Seniors Shop At Local Farm Markets - USDA's Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) awards grants to States, Territories, and federally-recognized Indian Tribal Organizations to provide low-income seniors with coupons that can be used at farmers' markets, roadside stands, and community supported agriculture programs.  Program coupons can be used to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and honey from farmers at authorized farmers' markets or roadside stands. Program benefits may also be provided in the form of shares in Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs for regularly distributed bags or boxes of eligible foods. SFMNP currently operates in areas of 41 States, 7 tribal organizations, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Low-income seniors at least 60 years of age with household incomes of no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty income guidelines ($26,955 for a two-person household as of July 1, 2009) are eligible to receive benefits.  SFMNP participants' Federal food benefit for this program may be up to $50 per year.  State agencies may supplement the per participant benefit level.  In FY 2008, 963,685 low-income seniors purchased food with SFMNP benefits from 17,156 farmers at 3,159 farmers' markets, as well as 2,512 roadside stands and 199 CSA programs.  For additional information, visit http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/SeniorFMNP/SFMNPmenu.htm
 
Medicare Advantage Premiums Soar - According to the Associated Press, millions of seniors who have private health plans in lieu of Medicare are facing steep increases in 2010.  Medicare Advantage Plans have jumped more than 14% in 2010 reportedly following cuts in Federal payments to the plans last year.  Congress will vote on additional cuts to the Advanbtage plans in 2010.
 
SSDI Fast tracks AD - The Social Security Administration has put Alzheimer's disease on the fast track for families to receive disability payments.  The list called, "compassionate allowance" conditions, shortens the time it takes for individuals to receive SSI payments who can no longer work due to their condition . 
 
March 8-12 is MS Awareness Month.  To make this an annual national designation, contact your Representative.
 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published a booklet entitled, “Growing Smarter, Living Healthier.”  The free guidebook informs adults over 65 years of age about the ways communities work and how to become actively involved in making them friendlier for older adults.  The booklet addresses issues such as housing, transportation, mobility, finding healthy foods, and location to exercise safely.  The booklet can be ordered at http://www.epa.gov/aging/bhc/guide/index.html.

 
It’s Flu Season Again—Have You Talked With Your Primary Care Physician About A Vaccination? by Diane Walker, RN, MS In addition to beautiful fall colors and brisk temperatures, this time of year also ushers in the flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease. While there are many different flu viruses, the flu vaccine is designed to protect against the three main flu strains that research indicates will cause the most illness during the flu season. The vaccine can protect you from getting sick from these three viruses or it can make your illness milder if you get a different flu virus. According to the CDC, "the single best way to avoid getting the flu is to get vaccinated every fall.”  The November issueof CaringTimes will also feature an article on the H1N1 virus.
 

 In a July 27, 2009 NY Times article, “Reasons Not To Panic Over A Painkiller,” Tara Parker-Pope reviews the recent action by the Food and Drug Administration banning two prescription drugs which contain acetaminophen.  The ban of acetaminophen, a popular, widely used pain killer, left consumers confused and apprehensive.  To review the article, visit http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/07/health/07well.html.

 

Michael Serby, MD has published a wonderful article, "Dementia And The Family: Intrapsychic and Interpersonal Issues," that looks at the interpersonal issues which may arise when a family member has dementia.  Some of the issues include role reversals, differentiating innate vs. impaired behaviors, family conflict, over and under involvement by family members in the care of the individual with dementia, and factors that interfere with the use of support systems.  The article can be reviewed at http://www.annalsoflongtermcare.com/ content/dementia-and-family-intrapsychic-and-interpersonal-issues.