— Greetings one and all… I hope you are enjoying a glorious Spring day. It’s hard to believe that April has arrived. With the advent of April, I am reminded to consider the “What Ifs” of life related to my health and well being. As you may know, National Healthcare Decisions Week is April 16-22 this year—an opportunity to reflect on the medical interventions we would accept and those we would decline when confronted with a health crisis. I realize this …

— Professionals from nonprofit organizations, county government, and faith based organizations are invited to attend, along with family caregivers. This is the required seminar for those pursuing Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) certification, to qualify through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. To see if you qualify, please visit the NCCDP website at www.nccdp.org. You are also welcome to come for the education only, without seeking certification. The seminar will cover the following modules: Diagnosis, Prognosis, Treatment, Communication, Feelings, Depression, Repetitive …

— Caring for a friend, family member or loved one?  You’re not alone. There are more than 42 million family caregivers in the US and more than 173,000 right here in New Hampshire, providing care for aging parents, spouses, friends or other loved ones, enabling them to live independently in their own homes. Join us for a free, family caregiving event in Concord on May 15.  The lightly-facilitated conversation about family caregiving will help you: Discover five key steps to aid …

— It was a strenuous effort to get out of bed, but the rise was self-executed; however, the shine requires help – a caregiver. After seating myself in the wheelchair and putting around with my computer, a caregiver knocks, enters and gets to work. She pushes my wheelchair into the bathroom, where she pulls down my pajama pants and guides me to the hard plastic seat.  No longer does she leave the apartment and say “just pull the cord” (the stand-off I …

— Juggling is Difficult When You Are Always Looking Over Your Shoulder So many issues, so little time.  It’s a common refrain at the State Capitol in Harrisburg (or in Washington, DC for that matter).  Pennsylvania’s elected leaders have completed their hearings on the Commonwealth’s 2018-19 budget and now need to finalize state spending.  But there are numerous other issues they have also vowed to consider in this two year session of the General Assembly, and even though it’s only April …

— In case you missed the 2018 Iowa CARE Act teletown hall from Tuesday, April 3, the full recording of the call is now available online at the link below: https://ws.onehub.com/files/qju6yccg The 2018 Iowa CARE Act includes commonsense steps that will help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. All Iowa patients have the opportunity to designate and record the name of a family caregiver when they are admitted to a hospital; the …

— If you are like most caregivers, you probably feel a wee bit guilty taking a little time for yourself. Right? Today, I would like to address the issue of guilt in the context of caregiving. Caregiving is hard enough without adding the extra burden of guilt. Perhaps by recognizing the common sources of guilt, we can begin to intentionally lighten the load. In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the Google Music store for Android OS users, On SoundCloud.com or …

Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act becomes law in the Virgin Islands

— Español Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, Yahoo, Gmail, icloud  – all but only some of the platforms and tools that connect us with our loved ones through technology. There is no doubt we are living the Digital Age.  Have you ever wondered what happens to your accounts created within these platforms after your passing? In the Virgin Islands, Family Caregivers who lost their loved one have struggled to obtain access to these accounts because once the owner of the accounts …

— By Danica Lucker More than half a million Coloradans care for an older parent, spouse or other relative. Many of them were thrust into the role without adequate time or information to be ready. “Many times, it comes about because of crisis,” said Judy Rough, senior director of strategic alliances at the Society of Certified Senior Advisors in Denver. “And being thrown into something you are not prepared for doesn’t usually get you the best results.” Rough will be one …

— By Melissa Preddy Cathy Moore had modest expectations when she tagged along to an AARP volunteer meeting in Jackson three years ago. “I honestly thought AARP was all about consumer discounts,” said Moore, 68. “After finding out AARP is so involved in helping the community, I thought, OK, this is something I can do.” Today, Moore is the lead volunteer coordinator in her region of Michigan. She and her team have canvassed Flint neighborhoods to help residents there get new …