The Reality of Many Caregivers: Juggling the Needs of Multiple Elders

...No rest for the caregiver. I climbed back in the car and fought my way through the streets to Mom. It wasn’t another false alarm. Mom really had fallen, and as usually happens after a fall, I couldn’t get her up off the floor by myself. I had to call the EMTs — again. Thankfully, this time she wasn’t seriously hurt. Hours later, once I’d settled Mom in her bed, I forced my way back through the still unplowed streets toward home, hoping for a couple of hours of sleep before morning, when I had to take my uncle to his neurology appointment for a post-stroke checkup. Read the full article on HealthCentral about how many of us get through caregiving by juggling the needs of multiple people: Carol Bradley Bursack is the Candid Caregiver MedicareFAQ – Medicare Resource Center Support a caregiver or jump-start discussion in support groups with real stories - for bulk orders of Minding Our Elders e-mail Carol                  Related StoriesHere's How To Have More Fun While CaregivingBe a Friend to an Isolated Caregiver: Here's HowConflicting Emotions Are Normal for Caregivers After a Loved One Dies 
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Source: Cardiology in Review - Category: Cardiology Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research
(CNN) — The recommended amount of sleep for adults is six to eight hours a night. Sleeping more than those hours is associated with an increased risk of death and cardiovascular diseases, says a global study published Wednesday in the European Heart Journal. Looking at data from 21 countries, across seven regions, the research team found that people sleeping more than the recommended upper limit of eight hours increased their risk of major cardiovascular events, like stroke or heart failure, as well as death by up to 41%. But a possible reason for this could be that people have underlying conditions causing them to s...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Health News Local TV Sleep Source Type: news
Right now the world is experiencing an epidemic that is projected to get much, much worse. It’s an epidemic of dementia, affecting 40 million people — and millions more of their caregivers — staggering numbers that will likely triple by 2050. Dementia is a progressive deterioration of brain functioning associated with aging. While there are different causes, the most common — Alzheimer’s and vascular dementias — are now thought to be closely related. How is heart health related to cognitive health? We have long known that the diseases and conditions that clog the arteries of the heart al...
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To clarify the influence of sleep deprivation on vascular function using a pseudo-RCT and propensity scores from the data obtained so far.
Source: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation - Category: Rehabilitation Authors: Tags: Research poster Source Type: research
Conclusion: Preliminary data analysis suggests an impaired CVR in grey matter in patients with OSA during CPAP-withdrawal. Implications on cardiovascular risk remains to be clarified.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Sleep and control of breathing Source Type: research
Background: Prevalence of sleep apnea decreases post-stroke but the impact of thrombolysis on evolution of sleep apnea is unknown.Aims and objectives: We studied the change in prevalence and severity of sleep apnea (AHI≥5/h) among ischemic stroke patients with (THR) or without thrombolysis (NTHR) during 6 months post-stroke in Northern Finland.Methods: We prospectively studied 204 ischemic stroke patients. At month six eligible were 177 patients (98 THR/79 NTHR). A cardiorespiratory sleep study was done during the first 48 hours after symptom onset and at month six.Results: Male’s comprised 67.3% THR vs. 58.2% NTH...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Sleep and control of breathing Source Type: research
Objectives: Our purpose in this study is to investigate sleep disorders and related factors in chronic stroke patients.Material and Methods: 42 males and females over 45 years of age who were admitted to participate in the study who had the first stroke history, and 3 months after the illness were included. Full polysomnography (PSG) was applied to all cases in the sleep laboratory overnight to evaluate sleep as objective. Stroke patients were assessed by modified Ranking Scale (MRS), National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIH), Functional Independence Scale (FIM), Functional Ambulance Scale (FAS), Barthel Index and th...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Sleep and control of breathing Source Type: research
Conclusion: We have demonstrated a high prevalence OSA in respondents. We noted that arterial hypertension and cor hypertonicum were in correlation with the degree of OSA. History of myocardial infarction and stroke reach their peak in study group with AHI 15–30, although this conditions were much higher present in overall respondents with OSA compered to respondents without OSA. We have confirmed by increasing degree of OSA increases the percentage of specific cardiovascular outcomes.
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Nurses Source Type: research
This study utilized outpatient and inpatient data from Taiwan’s Longitudinal Health Insurance Database (LHID) in the year 2000 following from the period between 2000 and 2013. We included 21,018 patients who were newly diagnosed with NASD and had more than 3 outpatient visits, or who had NASD and were hospitalized. Patients meeting the eligibility criteria were assigned to the study group. For each NASD patient, 1 patient matched by gender, age, index date, and comorbidities was added to the control cohort.Results: The NASD cohort had an adjusted hazard ratio (HR) of incident heart failure 23.6% higher than that of t...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Sleep and control of breathing Source Type: research
ConclusionRLS/RLS variants were found in 8% of acute ischemic stroke patients. Adequate screening and management are needed to improve patients ’ quality of life.This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
Source: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica - Category: Neurology Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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