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April 2014 

April 4, 5 & 6, 2014
The Palm Beach Home Show
The Palm Beach County Convention Center
650 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach, FL 33401
This bi-annual event is considered one of the Palm Beach area best home shows. The event brings together interested consumers with a wide variety of new and innovative products and services for the home with displays and information from local, national and international companies. www.palmbeachhomeshow.com

April 10, 2014
Fearless Caregiver conference
West Palm Beach Marriott (1001 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach)
Today?s Caregiver magazine will host an interactive symposium for family and professional caregivers, featuring advice, support, information, experts, vendors, a luncheon and more.
www.caregiver.com

April 25 -28, 2014
Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
600 E Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
The Chicago International Art, Antique & Jewelry Show features prominent exhibitors with impressive collections of fine art, antique and estate jewelry, Asian antiquities, sculpture, textiles, American and European silver, furniture, contemporary art and more.
www.chicagospringshow.com

April 26, 2014
My Health and Wellness Expo
445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85711
The expo is designed to educate and inspire the public in the areas of Healthy Living, Personal Wellness, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Lifestyle Improvement, Longevity and more! Our exhibitors are dedicated to people of all ages and are local professionals with the latest health and wellness products and services.
www.myhealthandwellnessexpo.com

April 30, 2014
Active Senior Expo Produced by Silver Star Expositions
6119 W. 147th St, Oak Forest, IL
Active Senior Expo brings a vast array of products and services designed for seniors under one roof. The exhibitors that attend include health care, financial, insurance, retirement communities, assisted living, consumer products, government programs and more.
www.activeseniorexpo.net

Links of Interest

The Seniors Guide
Helpful information, tips, and suggestions. All with the senior citizens in mind.

Seniors Resource Guide
National repository of resources for seniors.

Meridian Health Services Network 
Meridian HSN is a nationwide network of healthcare providers dedicated to providing extended health education programs and services. Their community healthcare providers offer individual health services, patient education resources, and community caregiver classes through Meridians extended caregiver libraries, classes, events and webinars.

Society of Certified Senior Advisors
SCSA educates professionals to work more effectively with their senior clients.

The Caregiver's Voice
An Independent Voice for Family and Professional Caregivers.

Care Flash
Free personal websites for sharing health updates, information and well wishes with friends and family during illness, injury, pregnancy and childbirth.

Housing and Mortgages for Veterans
This site will help veterans and active military to understand the benefits of, types of, and eligibility requirements for VA Loans.

Healthy Aging Today
The website gets accurate and timely information to the aging community. Using videos to explain and simplify services important to seniors.

Associations

American Cancer Society - ACS
The American Cancer Society - ACS is a national, community-based volunteer health organization, providing information on cancer and its prevention. The website has a wide variety of resources including articles, education, coping, survivor network, and health information research.

American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading non-profit health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. The website offers thorough information on the many aspects of diabetes including a zip code database to search for local information.

American Heart Association
The American Heart Association's mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke through education. Their website offers a wide variety of educational resources ranging from publications to healthy cooking. They also offer local resources organized by state.

American Kidney Fund
The American Kidney Fund is the leading national voluntary health organization providing direct assistance for the benefit of kidney patients. Visit this website for more information on comprehensive educational programs, clinical trials, and community service projects.

American Parkinson Disease Association - APDA
The American Parkinson Disease Association - APDA is a nonprofit organization. Their website provides education on Parkinson's Disease, treatment education, support resources, research information, fund raising, and public relations on Parkinson's disease.

Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation website provides educational material and resources on Arthritis. The website offers a variety of helpful and informative articles, pain management ideas and links to related websites. The website also has a search feature to look for articles on specific arthritis topics.

Glaucoma Research Foundation
The Glaucoma Research Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization providing information and advocacy for people with glaucoma. Contact them for information on the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of glaucoma, referrals to specialists, and coping strategies for patients.

Lewy Body Dementia - LBD
Learn about Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). This is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer's. LBD is largely under-diagnosed as its initial symptoms are often similar to Alzheimer's. Also a person with Parkinson's has a 90% chance of developing diffuse Lewy Body Dementia. Please visit our website for more information.

National Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is a world leader in Alzheimer research and dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer's. If you are facing Alzheimer's diagnosis and related issues contact the Alzheimer's Association for information and resources. A national 24/7 Helpline is available day and night at 1-800-272-3900 with translation services as needed.

National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation is a non-profit organization providing information on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of kidney and urinary tract diseases. Their website is well organized and offers a wide variety of resources including information on organ and tissue donors.

National Osteoporosis Foundation - NOF
The National Osteoporosis Foundation - NOF serves as a resource for current osteoporosis and bone health information. Their primary mission is to fight osteoporosis and promote bone-health. Their website offers a variety of resources such as simple steps to take to keep bones strong, patient information, and advocacy.

National Parkinson Foundation
The National Parkinson Foundation is a worldwide organization. Their website provides educational material and resources on Parkinsons disease. The website also features articles, information on clinical trials, a library, ask a doctor and much more.

National Stroke Association - NSA
National Stroke Association - NSA is the only national non-profit organization in the United States devoting 100 percent of its resources to stroke through a variety of innovative and high impact programs. They provide education, community-based activities in prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery.

The Glaucoma Foundation
Established in 1984 by Dr. Robert Ritch, The Glaucoma Foundation is dedicated to eradicating blindness as a result of glaucoma.

BenefitsCheckUp
The National Council of Aging created this website to help older adults to quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives. You take 10 or 15 minutes to enter information about your financial situation into an online questionnaire. BenefitsCheckUp is completely confidential.

Government Resources

National Association for Area Agencies on Aging - N4A
The umbrella organization for Area Agencies on Aging and Native American aging programs. They advocate on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure resources and support services are available to older Americans.

Medicare & Medicaid Services - CMS
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to "help you help yourself" by using Medicare's information resources to answer your questions. If you want to know more, visit the Medicare web site at www.Medicare.gov, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY/TDD 1-877-486-2048), or refer to the handbook, Medicare & You, mailed to people with Medicare each fall.

Social Security Administration - SSA
This government website is administered by the U.S. Social Security Administration. Called Social Security Online, the website offers benefits planning, social security statements, online application to retire and much more. The website is also a convenient place to replace a lost social security or medicare card.

Veterans Administration
The U.S Department of Veterans supports a website offering information to veterans on health, compensation, home loans, education, life insurance, vocational rehab, burial and appeals. They have convenient online application forms available on the website.

Retirement Homes and Assisted Living Communities
Find senior living and care options nationwide quickly and easily using this resource. Download checklists and tools for decision-support.







Forms & Checklists

Many of these documents are in Adobe PDF format. You will need the free Adobe Reader to view and print them. If you don't have Adobe Reader, you can get it here.


Respite Caregiver Checklist

Respite Caregiver Checklist

Every caregiver needs a break from their caregiving duties from time to time. But how does your temporary replacement step in and know the necessary details about your patient/care-receiver? Use this handy Respite Caregiver Checklist as a simple, comprehensive way of getting the respite caregiver "up-to-speed."

Download the Respite Caregiver Checklist here. (53 Kb)
The Checklist is in Adobe PDF format.


The Health Care Proxy Quiz

The Health Care Proxy Quiz

Take the following quiz and then ask your family members, doctor, and health care proxy (agent) to take it. They should answer the questions in the way they think you would answer. How well do they know your health care wishes? If your answers are not the same this is a clue that you should communicate your preferences more clearly. You can use the quiz to help start the discussion.

Download the Health Care Proxy Quiz here. (250 Kb)
The Quiz is in Adobe PDF format.


Living Will

Living Will

Every state in the United States permits some form of Living Will Directive or Advance Health Care Directive, either by statute or judicial decision. Each state, however, has a different statute or case law that allows it. This Living Will form may not be recognized in all states. Some states have unique laws that require the use of a specific form. Additionally, state laws change from time-to-time, and sometimes new requirements are created. You should check the particular requirements of your state periodically to make sure the terms of your Living Will are enforceable. CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY TO REVIEW YOUR LIVING WILL.

Download a sample Living Will here. (53 Kb)
The Living Will is in Adobe PDF format.


Health Care Proxy and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

Health Care Proxy and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

Every state in the United States permits some form of Living Will or Advance Health Care Directive, either by statute or judicial decision. Each state, however, has a different statute or case law that allows it. The Health Care Proxy and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care form on this Forum may not be recognized in all states. Some states have unique laws that require the use of a specific form. Additionally, state laws change from time-to-time, and sometimes new requirements are created. You should check the particular requirements of your state periodically to make sure the terms of your Health Care Proxy and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care are enforceable. CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY TO REVIEW YOUR HEALTH CARE PROXY AND DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY FOR HEALTH CARE.

Download a sample Health Care Proxy and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care here. (25 Kb)
This document is in Adobe PDF format.


Valuable Records Checklist

Valuable Records Checklist

In today's society there are so many valuable documents and pieces of information it's hard to keep track of them all. This Valuable Records Checklist will help you organize the information and provide piece of mind.

Click here to download the Valuable Records Checklist. (799Kb)
This document is in Adobe PDF format.

Featured Article


Home Safety Tips


As a family caregiver, it is important to safe-proof your home. Falls are the seventh leading cause of death in persons over the age of 65. There are a variety of reasons for falls, such as falls from ladders or scaffolding, falls from slipping, tumbling or tripping.

It is important to know the hazards and then take the necessary precautions. It is important to constantly be alert.

Here are some general safety tips to help reduce or eliminate hazards in your home.

  1. Emergency telephone numbers and your address should be posted by each telephone.

  2. Ideally the home or living area should be on one level, and preferably the ground level. Stairs are a big danger for elderly people.

  3. Inside and outside door handles and locks should be easy to operate. Lever-action handles are easier to operate rather than round knobs.

  4. Install at least one stairway handrail that extends beyond the first and last steps.

  5. Remove any furniture that is not needed. Avoid clutter.

  6. All remaining furniture should be stable and without sharp corners, to minimize the effects of a fall.

  7. Remove throw rugs, sharp objects and clutter.

  8. Place carpet or safety grip strips on stairs.

  9. Keep the layout of furniture and pathways the same.

  10. Make sure halls are three feet wide and six to eight feet high.

  11. Make sure chair seats are twenty inches high.

  12. Make sure all rooms have adequate lighting. In addition, use automatic night lights in every room.

  13. Develop and practice a fire-escape plan. Keep clear the fire escape routes.

  14. Place a smoke alarm in every bedroom and on every floor.

  15. Place a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and bedroom. Make sure it is in date.

  16. The water heater thermostat is set at 120 degrees F or lower.

  17. Medications are stored in a safe place.

  18. Keep several flashlights (and back-up batteries) on hand in case of a power failure. Do not use candles as they are a fire hazard.

  19. Never use a chair or a box in place of sturdy ladder.

  20.  Do not have an electric lamp cord trailing across the floor. Have additional base plugs installed so long cords are not necessary.

  21. Wear nonslip, low-heeled shoes or slippers that fit snugly. Don't walk around in stocking feet.

  22. Consider putting a bench or stool in the shower.

  23. Watch your alcohol intake. More than two drinks per day can cause unsteadiness.

  24. Stand up slowly to avoid unsteadiness.

  25. Have your hearing and eyesight tested. Inner ear problems can affect balance.

It is a good idea to regularly check your house for hazards. Make sure you have a well stocked first aid kit in a handy place in your home.