Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said that “there are only four kinds of people in this world: those who have been caregivers, those who currently are caregivers, those will be caregivers and those who will need caregivers.” Currently an estimated 40 million people providing care to an adult family member or other loved one. While the emotional and financial toll of being a caregiver is enormous, there can be some benefits. A recent study by Age Wave in partnership Merrill Lynch – “The Journey of Caregiving: Honor, Responsibility and Financial Responsibility” – one of the surprising findings was that despite the significant financial and emotional burdens, caregiving seems to have its own rewards. In fact, more than 9 out of every 10 caregivers (91%) feel grateful for the chance to provide care. Also, the majority of caregivers (65%) said caregiving brought meaning to their life and most (77%) said they would become a caregiver for another loved one.
According to a recent New York Times article: “You may not need another reason to retire early, but I’ll give you one anyway: It could lengthen your life.” That’s the conclusion of the article based on various research regarding the relationship between early retirement and longevity. In “The Connection Between Retiring Early and Living Longer”, the […]
No one wants to face the prospect of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Yet ignoring potential warning signs is a serious mistake. The Alzheimer’s Association has released the “10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s” which can help a person determine whether a he or she should be examined by a physician or stop being a worry wart. […]
Kaiser Health News recently published a story regarding the impact of Alzheimer’s on ordinary people – particularly women in California. The article – “Postcard from California: Alzheimer’s ‘Looks Like Me, It Looks Like You’” – focuses on an event sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association that was part of an initiative to highlight the disease’s impact on […]