A Congressional caucus, trauma recovery, new perspectives on dementia, and other caregiver news
a chicken farm...and maybe the source of antibiotic resistant bacteria

Increased support

There’s big news for family caregivers in the US – a congressional caucus has been formed to focus on informal caregiver issues. Singapore is ahead of the game, as they’re contemplating providing direct support to family caregivers. Taiwan is loosening their rules for professional caregivers. There’s a lot of potential for improvement in care.

If you’re struggling to balance family caregiving needs and a career, maybe it’s time to share this article with your boss.

Professional caregiving in the news

Here’s a heartwarming story – a caree saved the life of her caregiver. Professional caregivers around the US are fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15/hr. While many family caregivers argue that they can’t afford to pay that, professional caregivers ask how they’re expected to support their own families on less.

Recovering from trauma and finding joy

There’s more evidence that journaling about a traumatic or stressful experience helps you move past it. Other things that can make you happier – video games and these 7 apps. You can also challenge yourself to stop complaining and train yourself to focus on the positive.

Dealing with dementia

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to have Alzheimer’s? Researchers are increasingly encouraging dementia caregivers to keep troublesome dementia behaviors under control without medication. Do you think medication can really be eliminated? We certainly know dementia can cause very problematic behavior. Do you agree with Marie’s list of the 3 most difficult situations Alzheimer’s caregivers face?

Who gets to decide?

The courts have ruled that Canadians have the right to assisted suicide. The Canadian courts also think that a woman with Alzheimer’s is making a conscious decision by continuing to eat.

Healthcare odds and ends

Can’t keep track of the Obamacare court case? The New York Times catches you up.

Those of us who appreciate having antibiotics will be glad to hear that McDonalds will no longer be buying or serving chickens fed antibiotics with no medical purpose. Especially since the things we do to avoid germs aren’t very effective.

Heroin deaths have just about tripled since 2010 – and nearly 80% of heroin users started with prescription opiates.

Debating starting an exercise program? A study conducted with twins – one of whom exercised, one who didn’t – supports the idea that there are myriad health benefits.

Wondering why your foot keeps falling asleep? Here’s the scoop.

Written by Cori Carl
As Director, Cori is an active member of the community and regularly creates resources for people providing care.

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