- http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload – Take care of your Advance Directives for Health Care, for yourself and your loved ones
- Thought-provoking and worth considering, “Slow Medicine” is an approach to eldercare developed by geriatrician Dennis McCullough, MD. In his groundbreaking book My Mother, Your Mother, Dr. McCullough encourages the elderly and their families to make decisions about care in a way that is more measured and reflective, slowing down to balance thoughtfully the complex issues of late-life. Learn more HERE.
- The “Elder Rights Guide for Older Alabamians,” published by the Alabama Department of Senior Services, is a wonderful resource. It includes essential information for Alabama’s seniors and those who care for them. View it HERE..
- CHECK YOURSELF on what you need to know now if you or a loved one are getting older: take our quiz. Click HERE to see if you and your aging loved ones have your “ducks in a row.” Many people who think they are prepared still have some work to do. We offer affordable consults if you find that you need to roll up your sleeves. Call 256-489-7373 for help with your to-do list.
- The Genworth 2012 Cost of Care Survey can help families evaluate options to address the increasing cost of long-term care. The data is available in user-friendly tools that review cost details, compare costs across locations, and calculate projected long term care costs. Visit HERE to access the report or tools online, or download the Cost of Care app from iTunes. See an example of the great information available HERE; it is for the Huntsville, Alabama area. You can easily find your location.
Are you interested in current information about long-term care costs in your state? Click HERE for the 2011 Market Survey from MetLife.Many Boomers are thinking about their own long-term care options. It is important to plan early and plan well.
Are you curious about how much you can expect to pay for long-term care? The Long-Term Care Planning Tool from Medicare.gov can help you find out. It is easy, quick, and confidential.
Resources for Dementia
- Are you Interested in understanding more about dementia? See the Guide to Understanding Dementia from Johns Hopkins Medicine, by the Editors of Johns Hopkins Health Alerts. It is brief but thorough, with practical, easy-to-understand information.
ELDERCARE ALPHABET SOUP: What’s All This About ADLs and IADLs?
To determine what one is able to do independently, and what level of assistance may be needed, geriatric care managers and healthcare practitioners will often refer to “ADLs” and “IADLs.” What do these acronyms mean? ADLs, or Activities of Daily Living, are the activities that are fundamental for self care. They include:
IADLs, or Instrumental Activities of Daily Living, are the more complex activities necessary for daily life management. They include:
- Food Preparation
- Medication Management
- Handling Finances
The fewer ADLs and/or IADLs one can perform independently, the more assistance he or she needs. An early sign that an aging loved one may need some kind of assistance is that he or she is beginning to struggle with IADLs. For this reason, IADLs are important for family members to understand and observe.