Fact Sheets

Caring for Someone with Incontinence: Emotional and Social Issues

When asked, many family and partner caregivers say that heavy incontinence would tip their decision towards moving a loved one to a nursing home. What makes this such an emotionally difficult turning point? Incontinence can be the last straw in a stressful caregiving situation. Covered below are some of the issues that make incontinence so difficult to deal with, and tips on how to cope with these concerns.

Hospital Discharge Planning: A Guide for Families and Caregivers

A trip to the hospital can be an intimidating event for patients and their families. As a caregiver, you are focused completely on your family memberʼs medical treatment, and so is the hospital staff. You might not be giving much thought to what happens when your relative leaves the hospital.

Digital Technology for the Family Caregiver

Thanks to advances in medicine and public health, people are living longer than ever before. This means more and more family caregivers are responsible for managing the diverse needs of a loved one with chronic illness or frailty. How can family caregivers attempt to balance this added responsibility along with their own personal needs, work, parenting and other demands in their lives?

Special Concerns of LGBT Caregivers


As Americans live longer, greater attention is being paid to the concerns facing aging adults and caregivers. While many issues are the same for all older adults and those who care for them, some unique considerations arise for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people dealing with aging.


Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)


We know that some memory loss is associated with getting older. We forget someone’s name, where we put the keys, the date. But if memory loss is becoming troublesome, and you notice that it’s happening more and more, you may have what’s known as mild cognitive impairment (MCI).

This fact sheet provides information about MCI, practical tips for coping with its effects, and suggestions for how family members or friends can help.


Caregiver Health

A Population at Risk

An estimated 44 million Americans age 18 and older provide unpaid assistance and support to older people and adults with disabilities who live in the community.1 The value of this unpaid labor force is estimated to be at least $306 billion annually,2 nearly double the combined costs of home health care ($43 billion) and nursing home care ($115 billion).3

Aflicción y pérdida (Grief and Loss)


El Cuidado de Sus Padres Junto con Sus Hermanos (Caregiving with Your Siblings)


Cuidar a sus padres puede ser complicado, y si sus hermanos y hermanas también participan, el asunto se puede volver aún más complejo. Si bien sus hermanos pueden ser una ayuda enorme y su mejor apoyo, también pueden ser una fuente de estrés.

En esta ficha descriptiva aprenderá cómo identificar la dinámica familiar que puede afectar el cuidado de sus padres, las maneras en que sus hermanos pueden ayudar, cómo aumentar las posibilidades de obtener dicha ayuda y cómo controlar las emociones que surgen.

Vida Asistida y Residencias de Apoyo (Assisted Living)

Entre el hogar y la residencia geriátrica

La vida asistida y otros tipos de residencias de apoyo se han concebido específicamente para aquellas personas que necesitan una ayuda adicional para la vida diaria, pero que no requieren la atención especializada permanente de las residencias geriátricas tradicionales.

Poderes de Duración Indeterminada y Fideicomisos en Vida Revocables (Durable Powers of Attorney)

Hay distintos instrumentos legales que pueden contribuir a la administración de los bienes materiales y de la atención médica cuando una persona queda incapacitada. A continuación analizaremos tres de ellos: el poder de duración indeterminada, el poder de duración indeterminada para fines de atención médica y los fideicomisos en vida revocables. En vista de que la legislación varía de un estado a otro, al buscar ayuda para la planificación legal se debe consultar con un abogado conocedor de la materia de gestión sucesorio y patrimonial.


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