Category: Family Caregiving

pregnancy
Jan 23 2018

What to do if your doctor says your pregnancy is high risk

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

If your obstetrician has told you that your pregnancy is high risk, you probably have a lot of concerns and questions. Your first step should be to put together a list of questions and make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your concerns. Questions you may want to ask include: What factors make my... Read More

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aging parents
Jan 9 2018

Technology That Can Help You Care for Your Aging Parents

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

There’s a technology solution for pretty much everything these days. You can use an app to unlock your front door, even if you’re far from home. Smart thermostats can adjust the temperature throughout the day to help you save energy. Even your car may have an onboard system that lets you call for help if... Read More

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documents
Nov 14 2017

What Documents Do You Need to Help Your Parents Make Medical Decisions?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

There may come a day when your parents want or need your help in managing their health and making medical decisions. To make sure you’re prepared for the situation, it’s helpful to start a conversation with your parents before they’re facing a pressing need or crisis so you can have all the necessary documents in... Read More

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health insurance for college students
Sep 12 2017

What you and your college student need to know about health insurance

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Health insurance may not be at the top of the list of things that you’re thinking about as you send your children off to college, but it should be. Access to care is important whether your child is living with a chronic medical problem like asthma or diabetes, a mental health condition like anxiety, ADHD,... Read More

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mental health issues
Jan 31 2017

What are the Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Family Caregiving  •  By Susan Walker

You’re probably familiar with the most common Alzheimer’s symptoms that may point to the early stages of the disease and some other types of dementia: Memory loss, especially being unable to remember newly learned information and asking the same questions over and over Trouble planning or problem-solving Problems completing familiar tasks such as driving to... Read More

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Medication errors can harm young children
Dec 13 2016

Medication errors: 4 steps to protect your children

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

As cold and flu season ramps up, parents and caregivers will be measuring out a range of liquid medicines—from pain and fever relievers to antibiotics—to give to their young children. But how sure are you that the dose you’re giving your children is accurate? A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics highlights how often... Read More

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Nov 8 2016

Strategies that can improve how older patients fare after being in the hospital

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

Being hospitalized can have a significant, ongoing impact on the health of older patients. Even when the treatment of the illness or injury that brought them to the hospital is successful, many older patients leave the hospital physically weaker, with cognitive issues like confusion, or with psychological issues like depression and anxiety that can have... Read More

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mental health
Oct 18 2016

Why parents may not have a say in medical decisions for their young adult children

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

When your young adult children reach the age of 18 or 19, you might be surprised to learn that you no longer have access to their medical information, even if they’re still on your health insurance plan or live with you. Once your child reaches legal adulthood (18 in most states, 19 in two states),... Read More

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healthy sleep for children
Sep 20 2016

Healthy sleep: Are your children getting enough?

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

With the school year underway, making sure your children get enough healthy sleep each night is a priority. Inadequate or poor quality sleep can affect your child’s mood, ability to learn, and overall health and well-being. Building a healthy sleep routine can help make sure your child gets the right amount of good quality rest... Read More

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care away from home for children with complex conditions
Sep 15 2016

Away from home: Transitioning care for young adults

Family Caregiving  •  By Miles Varn

During this time of year, many young adults are transitioning outside of their local area to attend college, travel abroad, or start a new job. Having access to professional healthcare support is critical in managing their ongoing healthcare needs. Quick access to experienced physicians and high-quality care can be especially important if your child should... Read More

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