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The Need to Add Caregiver Support to Your Employee Benefits Plan: Lessons Learned from COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly exposed gaps in access to needed community-based supports for many people, and terms such as “social isolation” are now a part of the daily vernacular. Families continue to struggle with balancing full-time employment with care for older loved ones and children who are suddenly learning from home. The spotlight now shines brightly on the plight of those who are truly sandwiched in the middle. The questions are: why does it matter and what can we do as employers?

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By Lisa Weitzman | 01/15/2021

Parkinson’s Disease: Recognizing Your Loved One’s Symptoms and Receiving a Diagnosis

According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, more than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s Disease, and around 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease each year. Although it is the second most common degenerative neurological disorder after Alzheimer’s, many people are unfamiliar with the signs and symptoms, or confuse them for parts of the natural aging process. If we are caring for an older loved one, it’s important to recognize and understand Parkinson’s so we know when to begin seeking a diagnosis and how to better manage a loved one’s symptoms and care.

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By Julie Hayes | 12/15/2020

Deimling, G. T., Pappada, H., Ye, M., Nalepa, E., Ciaralli, S., Phelps, E., & Burant, C. J. (2019). Factors affecting perceptions of disability and self-rated health among older adult, long-term cancer survivors. Journal of Aging and Health, 31(4), 667–684. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264317745745

Furthering an Age-Friendly America

The 14th Annual Katz Policy Lecture from Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging was held October 29, 2020. Keynote speakers, Bill Armbruster, Senior Advisor of AARP Livable Communities, and Mary McNamara, Director of the Cleveland Department of Aging, discussed age-friendly communities, including work developing nationally and in the Cleveland-area. The webinar introduced the Age-Friendly Network, outlined the importance of age-friendly communities to support individuals aging in place, and discussed the connection between age-friendly and dementia-friendly communities. Panelists discussed ongoing work and future directions to make Northeast Ohio age-friendly.

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10/30/2020

Building and Supporting Dementia-Inclusive Communities

According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 50 million people are living with dementia worldwide. To combat the impact that dementia has on people living with the disease and their caregivers, the Dementia Friendly America initiative was launched to create communities where everyone could provide support and understanding to these individuals. The initiative aids the residents who are living with dementia and their caregivers in the community by raising public knowledge about the disease, supporting people living with dementia and their caregivers and connecting health systems with community-based organizations.

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By Sarah Nicolay | 10/15/2020