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An older adult filling a family member's plate with a healthy salad

How Caregivers and Older Adults Can Manage Rising Food Costs

As anyone who has gone grocery shopping over the past few months can tell you, inflation is hitting food prices hard in 2023. As of February 2023, eggs are around $4.21 a dozen, a 110 percent increase from 2022, while foods like pasta, flour, potatoes and sugar have all seen increases in the 20-30 percent range. But one thing that hasn’t changed?: the barriers which exist to prevent us from making the most of our money and accessing quality, nutritional food.

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By Julie Hayes and Tiffany Taylor | 04/13/2023

A caregiver helping an older adult descend from a wheelchair accessible van

Why Transportation is so Important to Older Adults

Transportation is more than a vehicle. It is about mobility, independence and autonomy. Transportation is a necessity that contributes to our quality of life. It gives us access to more than just medical help and other appointments. With it, we can connect to healthy foods, safer neighborhoods and social activities. Having reliable transportation can enrich our relationships and social life, contributing not only to our sense of well-being, but also keeping us cognitively connected. 

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By Lauri Scharf | 04/13/2023

An older couple embracing

Understanding and Diagnosing an Older Loved One’s Dementia- or IDD-Related Depression

Dementia, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and depression can, unfortunately, be closely linked. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of individuals diagnosed with dementia may also suffer from depression. This number includes older adults in the IDD population who also have dementia—and who are already fifty percent more likely to struggle with mental health conditions, according to the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. 

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By Julie Hayes | 03/15/2023

A back view of writer Mark Lee's mother walking down a street

My Mother's Caregiver: Long-Term Care Insurance

Writer and photographer Mark A. Lee joins us yet again for a guest blog about his struggles advocating for both his mother and himself as a caregiver to long-term care insurance companies.

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By Mark A. Lee | 03/15/2023

A caregiver helping a loved one with a walker walk down the street

Spring Increases Risk of Dementia-Related Wandering

For caregivers of someone with memory and thinking problems, the change of seasons from winter to spring can raise unique concerns. The same freedom that warmer weather provides can also increase the risk of wandering for those with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 60 percent of persons with dementia will wander at least once; many will wander repeatedly. As risky and dangerous as wandering is, caregivers can take steps to reduce the risk.

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By Cathy Franz | 03/15/2023