March 8 - 9, 2014
ideal-LIVING Resort & Retirement Expo - Pennsylvania
Crowne Plaza Valley Forge
260 Mall Boulevard, King of Prussia, PA 19406
The ideal-Living Expo shares select and exclusive retirement communities and other retirement resources. www.ideal-living.com/ideal-living-expo/
March 11-15, 2014
Aging in America Conference
San Diego at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
March 12, 2014
Active Senior Expo Produced by Silver Star Expositions
Abbington Banquets 3 South 002 IL Route 53, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Active Senior Expo brings a vast array of products and services designed for seniors under one roof. www.activeseniorexpo.net
March 13 & 14, 2014
2014 Alzheimer's Educational Conference
650 Okeechobee Boulevard West Palm Beach, FL 33401
This is Annual Education Conference is one of the largest of its kind, and is widely recognized as a premier source for education on neurocognitive disorders, inclusive of Alzheimer's disease. www.alzcare.org
March 14 - 16, 2014
Abilities Expo--- Enhancing the Lives of People with Disabilities
Georgia World Congress Center
285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Abilities Expo is the trusted source where people with disabilities, their families, seniors, vets, caregivers and healthcare professionals gain knowledge and empowerment. www.abilitiesexpo.com
March 29 - 30, 2014
Scottsdale Super Expo ---Baby Boomer Health Fair
WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
This shows is focused on enhancing the active lifestyle. There are two full days with vendors ranging from finance, travel and beauty, to business, health and fitness and even wine tastings!
March 30, 2014
Virtual Caregiving Conference
Links of Interest
The Seniors Guide
Helpful information, tips, and suggestions. All with the senior citizens in mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
10 Places To Find Caregiving Help
The information in this article will help you find
caregiving help for your loved-one. It's not easy being a caregiver. Often in
the beginning stage it is natural to think that you can do it all by yourself.
However, the sooner you get extra help, the better. Keep in mind it may take
some time to find the right combination of services and support for your loved-one.
It is a good idea to keep a notebook of all the
people you contact. The more organized you are, the easier your job will be.
The best starting place is with immediate family members. Use family helpers as
much as possible. If they do not volunteer to help do not hesitate to ask them
how they would like to contribute to the care of their loved-one. One family
member may be better suited for running errands while another is good at paying
bills. Not everyone is willing or able to contribute the same level of care.
If friends, neighbors, distant relatives ask if there is anything they can do
to help, say yes. Assign them a specific task. For example, it might be helpful
if they brought over dinner once a week, or maybe they could mow the lawn, or
drive your loved one to see the doctor.
Ask them to be a respite caregiver for a couple of hours so that you get
Agency on Aging. This should be one of the first resources you should contact.
Almost every state has one or more AAAs, which serve local communities. You can
find your local agency listed in the phone book or on the Internet.
senior center. Most senior centers offer some services or can connect you with
local community services. Also, senior centers are a good place to network with
and synagogues. Even if you are not affiliated with a church or synagogue, many
offer caregiving help to people of all faiths. Even if they do not offer
caregiving help they may be able to point you in the right direction.
organizations. Contact your local United Way, Jewish Family Services, Lions
organizations. For almost every ailment or illness there is an organization
that can provide referrals or services. You can find listings on the Internet,
yellow pages, and at your local public library.
agencies. Contact your local health department, and departments of housing and
social service. Look in the yellow pages.
Day Care. Adult day care agencies offer programs with varying services. To find
adult day care services, check your local phone book.
Health Care Agencies. Most home health care agencies offer both skilled and
custodial care. Home health care can be expensive. Medicare may pay for some