Ashley is responsible for the planning and creation of AgingCare.com’s award-winning content. As a teenager, she assisted in caring for her step-father during his three-year battle with colon cancer. Now, through her work at AgingCare.com, she strives to inform and empower the caregivers who devote so much to helping and healing the ones they love.

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Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disease that causes both motor symptoms and non-motor symptoms. There are two main rating scales used to describe the stages of Parkinson’s and the symptoms to expect during each.

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Veterans who are confined to their homes due to age, illness or disability may be able to receive a tax-free monetary benefit from the VA to help them pay for long-term care and support services.

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The loss of smell with age is a natural and common phenomenon. While changes in sense of smell are a minor annoyance for most, they can affect a senior’s eating habits and may point to underlying health issues.

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When an elderly loved one winds up in the hospital, things happen so quickly that it can leave family members overwhelmed by their new roles as advocates and caregivers. Take these 7 steps to quickly get organized and better manage their care.

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A tax-free monetary benefit from the VA can help low-income veterans who require the aid and attendance of another person pay for care services in their own homes and in residential settings like assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

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Veterans with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia may be eligible for certain benefits and services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Some current and surviving spouses of veterans may qualify for limited VA support as well.

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Beneficiaries with limited income and resources may qualify for one of these programs to help pay Medicare premiums and other health care costs.

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Learn how a tax-free monetary benefit from the VA can help financially needy veterans make ends meet.

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Familiarize yourself with the basic elder law documents that seniors and caregivers need. Create a cohesive legal, financial and medical plan that includes a will, advance directives and powers of attorney (POA).

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There are a few different types of “vacation care” for the elderly. Finding the right temporary care depends on a senior’s mental and physical health, whether any other care team members are willing to lend a hand, and the budget for respite care.

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Seniors over age 65 should receive an annual flu shot to safeguard their health. A high-dose vaccine provides increased protection from infection in individuals who have weaker immune systems.

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Dementia not only affect a person’s memory but also their judgement, mood and behavior. When a dementia patient has a public outburst, caregivers often feel overwhelmed and embarrassed. Explore these tips for preventing and handling meltdowns on outings.

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Providing care for a senior can be very rewarding, but without a balanced care plan and regular respite, family caregivers risk developing serious mental and physical health problems of their own.

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Medicare pays for senior rehabilitation in a skilled nursing facility, but only for a limited time and under certain circumstances. Be aware of Medicare’s rules for rehab coverage to avoid costly surprises.

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Advance directives are useful for end-of-life care planning, but there's another tool that goes one step further. POLST forms enable terminally ill elders to turn their future care preferences into explicit medical orders for doctors and first responders.

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An extensive investigation has revealed negligent scheduling practices at many VA facilities. Here are some important points to be aware of as the VA undergoes a much-needed overhaul.

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Your elders may have read to you when you were younger, but repaying the favor now can actually help you both stay happy and healthy.

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Fatal falls amongst adults 65 and older have risen significantly since 1999. These tips can help elders stay independent, and most importantly, safe.

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Over 20 million Americans age 40 and over are affected by a potentially debilitating condition called cataracts. Most of these people are also candidates for a painless outpatient procedure that could easily improve their eyesight and quality of life.

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A new survey shows that COPD sufferers need more information to effectively manage their condition. Experts weigh in on what caregivers and patients need to know.

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