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Caregiving is a challenging labor of love that can be both emotionally and financially taxing.  We hope these featured guides will assist with those who take care of others.

Seniors are often Targets of Scams

Anyone can fall victim to a financial scam, but seniors tend to be particularly popular targets. Frequently, fraud perpetrated against seniors is not reported until long after the scam has occurred, usually because victims don't realize they have been scammed or know where to report the scam, or because victims are too embarrassed to admit that they have been taken. Nevertheless, it's important for seniors and their family members to be aware of the signs that may point to a fraudulent scheme, and know what steps can be taken to prevent becoming victims of a scam.


Caring for an Aging Parent

Caring for your aging parents is something you hope you can handle when the time comes, but it's the last thing you want to think about. Whether the time is now or somewhere down the road, there are steps that you can take to make your life (and theirs) a little easier.


Legal Matters  (PDF, 575k)

There are certain legal documents that every adult should have in place to assure that his or her wishes regarding financial affairs, health care decisions, and distribution of assets after death will be honored. Learn about these documents and why it is important for caregivers to discuss them with those in their care. Includes a legal services checklist tool and a listing of additional resources.

Alzheimer's Disease:  Caregiving Challenges  (PDF, 4.3mb)

Information about the illness and its progression as well as advice for caregivers in meeting many of the challenges they will face in caring for a family member with dementia. Includes helpful checklists and a listing of additional resources with contact information.


Long Distance Caregiving   (PDF, 863 kb)

There are some 34 million Americans providing care to older family members, with 15% of these caregivers living one or more hours from the person for whom they are providing care.2 These “long-distance caregivers,” in many instances, are caring for a parent or other older relative and are also employed and have dependent children of their own. This guide is intended to provide long distance caregivers with information and practical considerations as for providing assistance and support for their loved ones who live at a distance.


Medications and the Older Adult   (PDF, 605 kb)

For many reasons, older adults are at a greater risk for problems related to medications. Changes in the body as one ages may affect the way medications are absorbed in the bloodstream, react in the body organs, and are eliminated from the body. Additionally, since older adults often take multiple medications and may have several medical problems, there is a greater chance for adverse reactions from medications.


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