AARP Online Family Caregiving Fair – Nov 17

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AARP hosts its second annual Family Caregiving Fair online. This year the online event features our CEO, Sherri Snelling and caregiving superstar, Holly Robinson Peete.

When: Thursday, November 17 from 11am – 4pm EST

“A Caregiving Conversation with Holly Robinson Peete and Sherri Snelling” – 11am – Noon EST

Where:  www.aarp.org/familycarefair (register for FREE)

Sherri and Holly will be having a 1-on-1 conversation about Holly’s caregiving role for her father (who had Parkinson’s disease) and her son, RJ, who has autism. Holly shares her challenges, the laughter, the tears, the guilt, the gratitude that all comes with caregiving while Sherri offers expert advice and resources during their “Caregiving Conversation” at 11am EST.

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Everyone is invited to join AARP, Holly and Sherri for this virtual caregiving conversation LIVE – where you can ask questions of Holly and Sherri by registering for this FREE event at:

www.aarp.org/familycarefair

Throughout the day you can also watch other expert caregiving webinars, chat with other caregivers across the country, find tips on dealing with stress, get help with costs of caregiving and financial planning as well as expert insights on Medicare and visit participating organizations – U.S. Administration on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, SAGE, U.S. Veteran’s Administration and others – in their “virtual information booths.”

And you can do it all from the comfort of home or office via your computer. Don’t miss this special event for National Family Caregiver Month!

 

January is National Eye Care and Glaucoma Awareness Month

A study published by researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) Roski Eye Institute in JAMA Ophthalmology found that the U.S. prevalence in visual impairment (VI) and blindness is expected to double over the next 35 years. By 2050, the number of Americans with a variety of eye disease and impairment issues, including eye diseases common after age 50 – age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy (DR) and cataracts – will dramatically increase impacting both individuals and society.

Boomers Most At Risk

The study reported by 2050, 16.4 million Americans over age 40 will have VI due to uncorrected refractive error compared to 8.2 million in 2015. In addition, more than 2 million age 40+ will be blind and 6.95 million will have VI by 2050 compared to 1.02 million and 3.22 million respectively from 2015.

Based on U.S. Census Bureau data, Millennials (born 1982 – 2004) have recently surpassed the Baby Boom generation (born 1946-1964) as the largest age cohort in the U.S., but it is the aging boomers who are driving the increase in vision impairment and blindness over the next 35 years.  By 2050, 86.7 million boomers will be over the age of 65 – almost 1 in 5 Americans – when many debilitating eye diseases and vision loss can occur.

According to the World Health Organization, glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide and the American Academy of Ophthalmology reports that more than 3 million Americans have glaucoma but only half of those are diagnosed. Glaucoma can cause blindness when fluid builds up in the front part of the eye putting pressure on the optic nerve. Without releasing that pressure, damage to the optic nerve and potential blindness can occur.

The Solution: An Annual Eye Exam

Dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and director of the USC Roski Eye Institute, Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, is one of the world’s leading ophthalmic researchers and epidemiologists. He says,

“Glaucoma does not have to lead to blindness. Because there may be no symptoms and the disease progresses slowly, an annual eye exam, especially after the age of 50 that includes a dilated eye exam, will help prevent blindness with early detection and treatment.”

Read Sherri’s interview for PBS Next Avenue with a caregiver of a man who was blind but whose sight has been partially restored by the experts at USC Roski Eye Institute:

Caring for Her Blind Husband Challenged Her Marriage

Also, check out the free VisionSim app from the Braille Institute – it is an “eye-opening” app for caregivers of those with eye diseases that lets loved one understand what the disease means to visual health.

 

 

 

November – National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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In November we highlight National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month to create education for a disease that is becoming our future health care epidemic. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease today – and that number will grow to 13.8 million by 2050.

This degenerative disease (and the most common dementia diagnosis) is the only cause of death in the Top 10 (ranking 6th) that has no cure, no prevention and cannot be slowed. One in three seniors will die with Alzheimer’s disease and more men and women will die from Alzheimer’s than breast and prostate cancer combined.

While we wait for a cure, more than 15 million are caregivers for those with dementia. Women are disproportionately impacted by Alzheimer’s – two-thirds of those with the disease are women and three in five caregivers are female family members.

And, as with many disorders and diseases affecting the brain (autism, Parkinson’s, PTSD), Alzheimer’s carries a challenging societal stigma. That is why we need to educate ourselves about this disease, its impact on all of us and how we can be part of the fight for a cure. Check out the Alzheimer’s Association and USAgainstAlzheimer’s Network for more information. You can also join the Brain Health Registry – whether you or a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or NOT – more clinical trial research is needed to find a cure quickly.

Read our CEO Sherri Snelling’s articles and interviews with celebrities that have been impacted with this disease:

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B. Smith & Dan Gasby on Alzheimer’s (originally published on Forbes.com)

Brooke Shields – endless love in caring for her mom

Diane Keaton – Sandwich Generation caregiver

Glen Campbell’s Farewell Tour (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

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

Joan Lunden – coast to coast caregiving

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

Kimberly Williams Paisley Chronicles Her Mother’s Dementia (PBS Apr 2016)

Music of the Night – 2013 Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s” Event

Nancy Reagan’s Caregiving Legacy (originally published on Forbes.com)

Stars Take Center Stage to Fight Alzheimer’s disease – 2012 Alzheimer’s Association “A Night at Sardi’s” Event

Rizzoli & Isles Creator Campaigns to Solve Alzheimer’s (originally published on Huffington Post)

Seth Rogen Getting Millennials to Care About Alzheimer’s (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Still Alice May Be the Movie That Sparks the Alzheimer’s Movement (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Sylvia Mackey – Hall of Fame Caregiver Who Changed the NFL

Amour – A Caregiving Movie Review (originally published on Huffington Post)

And more from Sherri Snelling on Alzheimer’s disease:

Alzheimer’s App Uses Singing to Boost Mood (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

Alzheimer’s Epidemic Hits Women Hardest (originally published on Forbes.com)

Caregiving Conversation Between Your Heart and Your Head (originally published on Huffington Post)

Dementia Caregiver Stress and Long-Distance Caregiving (originally published on PBS Next Avenue)

The Longest Day honors the long good-bye

Watch our videos on Alzheimer’s and with celebrities impacted by the disease:

 

 

My Favorite Things – CareLinx

My Favorite ThingsOne of our favorite things to do at Caregiving Club is find our favorite services, products and organizations to share with our loyal readers.

We debut the “My Favorite Things” list from Caregiving Club CEO, Sherri Snelling. As part of her role as a national caregiving expert, Sherri advises companies on how to best support caregivers. She serves on advisory boards and often asks these companies to provide a free offer or special promotion for Caregiving Club readers.

Click here to read about the 4 free hours of in-home care you can receive from CareLinx as the first company featured in “My Favorite Things.”

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!

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 – Living Longer & LTC Planning

 

In January we highlight Financial Wellness Month and who better to capture “financial wellness” than the guru of saving money – Suze Orman? Sherri interviewed Suze for Forbes about her insightful story in dealing with her mother’s long-term care costs and conversation on caregiving – read it here:

What Suze Orman Learned Caring for Her Mother

January is also the month we kick-off healthy habits that will hopefully help us live longer lives. Sherri has interviewed several experts on longevity over the years and below we capture the Top 3 of these interviews – experts all on how to live longer, happier and healthier. Read Sherri’s interviews with:

Norman Lear – TV entertainment icon (94 years young) the PBS Next Avenue interview:

Norman Lear – Longevity, Laughter, Love of America (PBS 2015)

David Murdock – CEO of Dole (93 years young) the Forbes interview:

David Murdock – 90-year-old billionaire and caregiver (PBS)

Dr. Davis Agus of USC – legendary cancer researcher and oncologist the PBS Next Avenue interview:

Dr. Agus recently received a $200 million gift from tech entrepreneur, Larry Ellison, to support cancer research and treatment. Sherri, who works with Dr. Agus at USC, interviewed him about his book, A Short Guide to a Longer Life:

Want to Live Longer?

 

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

 

 

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Each 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 Montel Williams, TV personality, radio talk show host and actor, a champion for those with mulitple sclerosis (which he lives with) and our nation’s family caregivers (which he became when caring for a daughter with lymphoma).

The special supplement is featured in the November 11, 2016 issue of USA Today as well as seen online at FutureofPersonalHealth.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:

 

Click here to read Sherri’s article on a new era of on demand caregiving help:

Caregivers On Demand Help Is Here At Last

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Click here to read Sherri’s article on how to have the CARE Conversation:

How to Have the CARE Conversation

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Click here to read Sherri’s article about the volunteerism spirit of family caregivers:

Paying It Forward – Caregivers Are a Volunteer Force

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2015 USA Today and Media Planet Caregiving Feature

Sherri contributed to the same annual feature supplement last year with these articles:

How to Avoid the Caregiving Cost Drain

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7 Tips to Avoid Caregiver Burn-out

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Silver Surfers: How Technology Helps Seniors and Caregivers

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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 March 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.