Caregiving

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Studies show that staying active not only benefits the body but the brain too. Physical activity helps improve blood flow and memory. It also helps reduce the chances of developing health conditions.
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Austin Public Health, the city’s primary public health agency, released its new Long-Term Care Facility Dashboard. The tool displays an array of statistics, including the total number of cases and deaths associated with long-term care facilities, a splash of colorful graphs that show the cases for staff and residents by symptom onset date, demographic breakdowns of staff and resident cases, and a list of facility names in the Austin-area with the numbers of COVID-19 cases in each of those facilities.
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In a Facebook Live conversation with AARP Texas Director Tina Tran, Alexa Schoeman of the Texas Office of the Long-term Care Ombudsman discusses how to register and cast your ballot in a long-term care facility in Texas.
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The Rural Dementia Caregiver Project is seeking participants for a nationwide clinical trial to better equip rural caregivers with the skills and resources they need to manage stress, isolation and the demands of their role.
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AARP has called for enactment of a bipartisan five-point plan to protect nursing home residents and staff by providing adequate PPE and regular testing, creating more transparency, requiring access for virtual visitation, improving staffing and oversight, and stopping attempts to provide blanket immunity for long-term care facilities who fail to protect residents and staff.
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Navigating grief is far from easy or straightforward, especially as we continue living pandemic-adjusted lives. Feelings of uncertainty and loss can become overwhelming, but there are strategies for coping.
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Since the pandemic began, nearly 60,000 people living and working in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have died from the coronavirus. 
Feeling alone at one time or another
As the pandemic stretches on, the prolonged isolation, financial uncertainty, and fears about the coronavirus may harm your mental health.  Some people are feeling the strain in the form of depression, anxiety, and insomnia.  How do you handle these feelings and any specific mental health challenges during this stressful time?
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A commentary by AARP Texas State Director Tina Tran
Alzheimers
About 5.8 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's disease. Of those about two-thirds are women, and that number is growing. According to a new report from the AARP-founded Global Council on Brain Health, by 2050, the number of Americans living with Alzheimer's is expected to reach 13.8 million. More than 9 million Alzheimer’s patients will be women.
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