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Increasingly, people in their 60s and 70s are assisting their moms and dads.

"Though older caregivers get scant attention, resources are available. Over the years, Hall has shared caregiving ups and downs at CareGiving.com — a significant source of information and comfort. Across the country, local chapters of Area Agencies on Aging run caregiver support programs, as do organizations such as the Caregiver Action Network, the Family Caregiver Alliance, the National Alliance for Caregiving and Parenting Our Parents, an outfit focused on adult children who become caregivers. A helpful list of resources is available here."

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"For some sons and daughters, getting your parent to accept help may require more than just strategy, patience and a plan. It may take a crisis."

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"That summer, my siblings and I joined the ranks of the 15 million or so unpaid and untrained family caregivers for older adults in this country. A recent study found that almost half of this largely invisible work force spends, on average, nearly 30 hours a week providing care to relatives, many of whom have dementia, an estimated more than $400 billion worth of annual unpaid time.

The work takes its toll. These sons, daughters, husbands and wives are at increased risk of developing depression, as well as physical and financial difficulties, including loss of job productivity. Being sick and elderly in this country can be terrifying. Having a sick and elderly loved one is often a full-time job."

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A behavioral approach to dementia care is outlined in this article.

"One of the most important aspects of caring for someone with Alzheimer's and other dementias is understanding the diseases. The difficulty...isn't the memory loss, per se, but the behaviors that accompany it -- everything from anger to petulance to violence to depression."

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- Day camp provides grieving children a fun, emotionally safe environment for hope and healing through activities and support - 

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Sept. 12, 2018) – Trustbridge, the local nonprofit hospice committed to providing compassionate care to patients and families who are facing serious illness, is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Tomorrow’s Rainbow organization, Trustbridge is offering an all-day camp to grieving children in elementary and middle school who have experienced the death of a loved one.

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More research is done on the therapeutic benefits of dogs than on cats and other animals. But there are signs of change.

"Demand for therapy animals in clinics and workplaces — and even college campuses at exam time — sometimes outstrips supply."   

At Trustbridge, we are looking to find new teams for our Pet Therapy program. They add so much to the well-being of our hospice patients and families. To learn more, call 561.227.5138  or visit: https://www.trustbridge.com/pet-loving-volunteers.

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