May is Older Americans Month

MAY Older Americans Month

Every year the President authorizes Older Americans Month in May, part of the Older Americans Act (OAA) which was first passed by Congress in 1965 and signed by then President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

The original law established the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) to administer grants and become a main clearinghouse for information and programs in support of an increasingly aging society. Title III allows for those over age 60 to be eligible to receive these services and support programs whether it be meals, transportation, adult day care and family caregiver support.

According to statistics, if you live to age 65, you have a 20 percent chance of living to age 90 and one in 50 baby boomer women will reach the age of 100. Dan Buettner wrote his book, The Blue Zones, on the secrets of living to age 100. He traveled the globe finding local clusters of centenarians (those age 100 or more) in the same community and analyzing the common factors that allowed them to live so long.

In recognition of Older Americans Month, here are articles from our CEO Sherri Snelling that touch on the secrets to longevity:

David Murdock – 90-year-old billionaire and caregiver (originally published on Forbes.com)

Norman Lear – Longevity, Laughter, Love of America (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Want to Live Longer? (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

 

May 30 is Memorial Day

MAY Memorial Day

May 30 is Memorial Day, the day we honor those who have fallen and sacrificed their lives on the altar of American freedom.  Although this is a day to recognize those we have lost, we feel it is also a day to honor our nation’s veterans, military families and the family caregivers of veterans.

Currently, 10 million Americans are family caregivers to a veteran and among them, 7 million are veterans themselves. Whether it is a physical disability, paraplegia or quadriplegia, traumatic brain injury (TBI) or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the wounds of our veterans are being cared for by their spouses, their parents, their siblings and other family members.

Our CEO Sherri Snelling was involved in a landmark study conducted by the National Alliance for Caregiving and the UnitedHealth Foundation called Homefront Heroes – The Caregivers of Veterans. Since then, Sherri has been a passionate advocate for caregivers of veterans.  Here are some of her interviews and articles on caregivers and veterans:

Caregivers caring for those with PTSD and TBI (originally published on Huffington Post)

Enlist now to help caregivers of veterans

Libby Hewes- A Veteran’s Caregiver Goes from Newlywed to Nurse (originally published on Caring.com)

Rosalinda & Alain Babin – Boomer Parents Proud of Wounded Warrior Son (originally published on Caring.com)

Boomer Parents Caring for a Veteran Son with TBI (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Veteran’s Caregivers 2013 (originally published in the Examiner)

 

May is Healthy Vision Month

MAY Healthy Vision Month

May is Healthy Vision Month and maintaining eye health as we age includes having an annual exam.  Yet only half of those who may be at risk for vision loss as they age see an ophthalmologist for an annual exam.

The Ocular Nutrition Society conducted a recent study and found 78 percent between ages 45-65 said vision is the most important of the five senses but only half are aware of the important nutrients that help maintain eye health.

Vision loss issues can begin around age 50 and yet many ophthalmologists will tell you that we don’t think about eye disease prevention until it’s too late.  I am lucky to work with the experts at the nation’s Top 10 ranked USC Roski Eye Institute. Here is more information about why an annual eye exam, especially after age 50, is so important:

Glaucoma

According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), more than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, a group of diseases that affect the optic nerve. In its earliest stages there are no real symptoms. African Americans over age 40 and all Americans over age 60, but especially Mexican Americans, are at risk. So are those who have a family history of the disease. Although there are treatments and medications for glaucoma, it cannot be cured and any vision loss cannot be restored making early detection imperative.

Cataracts

More than 22 million people worldwide have cataracts after age 40 and after age 80 half will have the disease according to NEI. Cataracts are not preventable but they are treatable and many regain sight through cataract surgery.  Cataracts symptoms include vision which is fuzzy, cloudy and blurry.  If untreated, cataracts are one of the leading causes of vision loss worldwide.

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

AMD is the leading cause of blindness for those over age 50 according to NEI. AMD is defined as damage to the central part of the retina   Family history, smoking and race (Caucasians are most affected but recent studies from the USC Roski Eye Institute show other impact for Chinese Americans and Latinos) are factors in developing AMD.

 They say the eyes are the window to the soul but they may also be the window to your health as you age.

 

 

The C-A-R-E Conversation Series

 

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In Sherri Snelling’s top-selling book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care, the chapter on how to have the C-A-R-E  Conversation has become one of the highlights of the book and in Sherri’s speaking engagements. Coming in late 2016, Sherri’s next book, The C-A-R-E Conversations, will be published.

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The reality is having conversations, whether it is with an aging parent, an ill spouse, our siblings, our kids, a boss or co-worker, friends and others are difficult. We avoid these conversations but this silence can lead to confusion, frustration, anger, depression and other emotions that ultimate impact a caregiver’s health and wellness.

Learning to understand the issues and how the conversation sounds on either side of the talk are tools every caregiver needs. This year, Caregiving Club offers a monthly “C-A-R-E Conversation” article – excerpted from Sherri’s upcoming book.  We’ll give you tips and resources on how to have difficult conversations with all those around you when you take your caregiving journey.

2016 will be the year caregivers can say,

Let’s Talk!

May is National Mental Health Month

MAY Natl Mental Health Month

According to the National Allliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five Americans has a mental health issue and one in 25 Americans has a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder or major clinical depression.

Because of the stigma and lack of understanding surrounding mental illness, Glenn Close, whose sister and nephew are challenged by mental health issues, founded Bring Change 2 Mind, to help educate the public on mental illness.

Source: Dreamstime

Source: Dreamstime

In recognition of May National Mental Health Month, read our CEO Sherri Snelling’s article about how Glenn Close is one of the leading voices in helping to change our minds about mental health and support the family caregivers caring for those with mental illness:

Glenn Close wants to change your mind about mental illness

Is Your Depression Situational or Serious?

 

Caregiving at the Movies – Still Alice

Still Alice movie posterA must-see on your movie list should be Still Alice – Julianne Moore’s poignant Oscar-nominated role reminds all of us that Alzheimer’s disease can strike even in your 50s.  Read the blogs about this movie that will propel the movement to END ALZ.

Celebrity Spotlight

 

Celebs May Moms and Daughters

This May 8 we celebrate Mother’s Day and we celebrate those “famous” daughters caring for moms. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, the average caregiver profile is of a 48-year-old daughter caring for her 74-year-old mother and in a report by Pew Research women comprise 55 percent of the Sandwich Generation caregivers – caring for a parent and a child simultaneously.

While caregivers often feel all alone, the reality is we are all in the cast of caregivers –  65 million strong.

Our CEO, Sherri Snelling, has interviewed numerous celebrity caregivers. For Mother’s Day, we share with you some of her interviews with famous daughters caring for their moms.

Brooke Shields – endless love in caring for her mom

Diane Keaton – Sandwich Generation caregiver

Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker – caregiving team for her mom with dementia

Joan Lunden – coast to coast caregiving (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Joan Lunden on challenges of guilt and caregiving (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Jodie Foster – Golden Girl Shines a Spotlight on Her Sandwich Generation Role

Marg Helgenberger – Juggled College, Career and Caregiving

What Suze Orman Learned Caring for Her Mother (originally published on Forbes.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caregiving Club Honored for Me Time Monday

Caregiver Reviews calls Caregiving Club and its Me Time Monday videos “the MTV of Caregiving.” Read the press release here for National Sandwich Generation Month. Read the Caregiver Reviews of Caregiving Club here.

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Men As Caregivers

More than a “few good men” – fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, uncles now represent 45% of the 65 million caregivers.  Read Sherri’s PBS Next Avenue article about how men cope with caregiving and her blog about the famous men of caregiving.

 

 

LifeCare Webinars for Caregiving Employees

LifeCare teams with Caregiving Club CEO Sherri Snelling to offer monthly educational Webinars to LifeCare’s 61,000 employer clients representing 51 million employees nationwide.  Click here to read more.

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USA Today Spotlight on Caregiving

USA Today cover 2015Each November for National Caregiver Month, Media Planet teams with caregiving organizations such as the Caregiver Action Network and experts to showcase the issues of our nation’s 65 million caregivers. This year’s cover story features Elizabeth Dole, a champion for the caregivers of veterans. The special supplement is featured in the November 27, 2015 issue of USA Today as well as seen online at FutureofHealthCareNews.com and other partner sites such as CNN.com.

Our CEO Sherri Snelling is one of the expert contributors to this special caregiving issue. Her articles can be read by clicking on the links below:

Caregiver Burn Out USA Today

Click here to read Sherri’s article on how to avoid caregiver burn-out: 7 Tips to Beat Caregiver Burn-out

Caregiving Cost Drain USA Today

Click here to read Sherri’s article on how to plan ahead for the costs of caregiving: How to Avoid the Caregiving Cost Drain

Aging Tech USA Today

Click here to read Sherri’s article about aging, caregiving and technology tools that can help: Silver Surfers – Aging and Technology

 

2013 USA Today and Media Planet Caregiving Feature

Sherri also contributed to the 2013 Caregiving Feature Issue. She provided excerpted celebrity interviews with Holly Robinson Peete and Joan Lunden from her book, A Cast of Caregivers, as the cover story and feature articles for the March 2013 caregiving supplement for USA Today weekend magazine.  The supplement also included the Caregiving Club’s Me Time Monday program.  Read the full supplement here: Caregiving Supplement Mar 2013

Author Events

Sherri Snelling will be doing book signings, press interviews and other events to support her book, A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care.  Click here for more information about upcoming events.

Book Buzz

Check here for the latest interviews, book reviews and press information for Sherri’s new book, A Cast of Caregivers.