Register to Vote - Senior Care Benefits are Regulated by your Elected U.S. Senators and Representatives

Vote! This is your opportunity to have your voice heard. Remember, anyone working in the senior care industry has indirect support from government program as seniors receive Social Security benefits and Medicare or Medicaid health care insurance.

Register to vote in your voting precinct. Deadlines sometimes exist for registration. Find out how to register in your area. It’s easy!

You may also vote on an absentee ballot ahead of the election if you will not be able to make it to the voting precinct on the day of the election which is usually a Tuesday.

Fun fact for you on why we vote on Tuesdays: back when almost everyone lived on a farm, it sometimes took a full day to travel by horse and buggy to get to the voting place which was usually at the town where the county courthouse was located. As Sunday was the sabbath and Wednesday was market day, Tuesday was chosen.

As most senior caregivers are women, you will also want to consider voting for candidates who support equal pay and other women’s rights.

Most candidates support many different issues which may or may not match with one political party.  Find the issue that resonates the most with you and support that candidate in your area.

Medicare and Medicaid are funded by both state and federal dollars and your elected officials in Congress will have a voice in any changes to these programs. You want to research to see how they support or don’t support funding these senior benefits.

Read more about the Ballot Ready app here. 

The Shortage of Home Care Workers

With the elderly population growing each day, the question of who will take care of this generation becomes more pressing. The demand for home care workers is expected to increase each coming year. Statistics rank home care as one of the fastest growing occupations, with demand of about a million workers by the year 2026. Home care agencies are always looking to hire, you can get certified online by visiting and apply to jobs in your area. 

To learn more about this shortage, read this article from forbes. 

Book of the Week: How to Take Care of Old People without Losing your Marbles

How to take care of old people without losing your marbles was written by Suzanne Asaff Blankenship. It's a practical guide to taking care of elderly people without going crazy by staying organized. It's full of helpful tips, guidance and great resources to help caregivers on their journey of taking care of a parent, relative, friend or client. 

Read more about it here

Meditation Podcast: Steps to Inner Peace

Caregiver stress is part of the job, but it is important to take care of yourselves as you take care of others. Meditation is a great way to relieve stress, reduce anxiety and bring overall peace. Meditation Pebbles: 5 Minutes to Inner Peace is a great podcast to help guide you in meditation. They have an array of topics and you can find all of their podcasts on their website, Spotify, Apple podcasts and more. Learn more here

Hydration and Demenita

A 24-year old invented a brilliant way to help his grandmother with dementia stay hydrated. Jelly drops are tasty treats that are filled with 90% water and look like candy, making it more appealing for patients. After realizing that his grandmother was not drinking enough water, Lewis Hornby created them. People with dementia often forget to drink water, or can't remember where to find it, which can be a threat to their health. Jelly drops are a fun way to keep patients engaged and hydrated.

Watch this video to learn more.

AARP Invests $60 Million to Fund Dementia and Alzheimer's Research

More than 6 million people in the United States live with various types of dementia, and these numbers are constantly growing. To commemorate it's 60th anniversary AARP is investing $60 million on the Dementia Discovery Fund, a fund the invests in research development for dementia treatments. The number of people living or caring for someone with this disease are increasing. It is estimated that in 2016,  more than 18 billion hours of unpaid caregiving were provided to these people. 

To learn more about this investment, visit AARP. To get certified as a caregiver in your state visit 

Existing Liver Drug can Help with Alzheimer's

According to Medical News Today, new research reveals that an existing liver drug can help treat Alzheimer's. Researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK revealed that the existing drug improved mitochondrial function. Mitochondria provides cells the energy they need to grow and divide. Because Alzheimer's is such a widespread condition, researchers believe it is important to look at it from different angles and find better ways to treat it. Although there is much research to be done, this could be a step in the right direction for the future of Alzheimer's disease. 

To read more about this drug and it's effects, visit medical news today

Movie of the Week: Still Alice

Still Alice follows the story of Alice Howland, a renowned professor and mother of three. She is diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's shortly after her 50th birthday and the film shows the hardships that come along with the diagnosis.  The movie raises awareness for caregivers who care for Alzheimer's patients as we see her family struggle in this role and with her disease. It is a poignant story worth watching by any caregiver.

Robots and the Future of Elder Care

As people live longer, life expectancy rates increase and people hit the age of retirement it's getting harder to keep up with care giving needs. In Tokyo, new innovative solutions are helping take care of the aging population. Many Japanese people have embraced the idea of robots, but to most, care giving requires a human touch. There are also issues when it comes to robots such as high costs, safety concerns and overall doubts. Although they cannot replace human caregivers they can be of huge help and aid. These robots have provided support for caregivers and improved working environments in Japan. It may be a long road ahead for elder care robots, but countries like Japan have stepped in the right direction to find new solutions for care. 

To read more about these elder care robots and how they are being used visit Reuters. 

Book of the Week: Holding the Net

Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging was written by Melanie Merriman and won the choice for best caregiving book of 2017. The memoir follows Merriam as she navigates the difficulties of caring for her mother. Even with her background as a former hospice consultant who studied aging, illness and the healthcare system, Melanie faces struggles. The book provides details about the effects of aging on the body and mind and how to make tough decisions when it comes to care. Merriman does a great job of telling her story and encouraging other to simply try their best. 

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