Dementia and the Healthy Brain

Work/Life Connections
July 23, 2018

As our population ages, it is now estimated that for the US and other industrialized nations, the number of individuals diagnosed with neurocognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, will continue to increase. The CDC noted that, in 2017, complications from Alzheimer's was the sixth leading cause of death for individuals in the United States who are 65 and older. Worldwide, the incidence of dementia is thought to be on the increase, with researchers estimating that the diagnosis of Dementia will triple by 2050.

Insight and Resources for the Family Caregiver

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 As part of National Family Caregivers Month, Stacey Bonner from the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center discusses strategies for being a family caregiver, how to have “the talk” with aging parents, and resources available to help those caring for family members.

Legal Documents Every Family Caregiver Needs

Work/Life Connections
June 21, 2012

As a family caregiver, you are responsible for taking care of your elderly loved one. This includes providing assistance with activities of daily living like eating, bathing, toileting, dressing, and other household chores. Family caregivers should be sure to have in place legal documents important to the lifelong care of the elder. Having access to important legal documents will help make caregiving easier for family caregivers. The most common legal documents that every caregiver should have are:

Checklist for New Family Caregivers

 If you are new to family caregiving, you are probably facing some important life changes. You may feel overwhelmed, scared, or frustrated. You may also feel at a loss for what to do. These feelings are completely normal. The checklist below can help you learn more about your new responsibilities, the services and support options that may be available to you, and how to plan for the future.

The Balancing Act: Combining Family and Work Effectively

Balancing work and home responsibilities is a challenge for most people. The good news is that there are strategies to reclaim control. Achieving a balance between work and home life takes effort, so you have to be willing to work toward it.
 Seven Practical Tips for Balancing Work and Family

Elder Care

The number of Americans over the age of 60 is growing more rapidly than ever before. Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are approaching retirement age. By 2030, one in five Americans will be 65+. Today in Davidson County, Tennessee, 45% of employees over age 45 have some direct care giving responsibility for a loved one.
 More and more adult children find themselves as the primary caregivers for their aging parents. It is estimated that today's family members are responsible for 80% of the elder care provided in the United States.