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Five Social and Emotional Benefits of an Early Dementia Diagnosis

Early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and dementia is a sticky subject. According to a recent study, nearly 90 percent of Americans said that if they were exhibiting confusion and memory loss, they would want to know if they had Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, over half of the people aged 45 and older with subjective cognitive decline indicated they had not talked with a healthcare provider about their questions and concerns. 

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By Michelle Palmer | 06/15/2021

Has Work Become Your Respite? The Reality of Working Caregivers

In 2019, approximately 73 percent of employees are responsible for some type of caregiving, and one in six workers are caregivers for an older adult. This role is fulfilled not just by middle-aged Americans: 6.2 million millennials make up 24 percent of unpaid caregivers, and one study shows that 14 percent of them have left the paid workforce completely, unable to balance work and caregiving responsibilities.

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By Lisa Weitzman | 06/15/2021

Challenges of Aging for the LGBTQ Community

Discrimination of LGBTQ older adults and caregivers in the health care system has only recently begun to receive attention. Many health care practitioners are challenged to respond to the specialized needs and services for this community. This webinar will discuss the unique needs of the LGBTQ aging population and identify ways caregivers and professionals can better help this community.

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By Tamar Cooper and Doug Braun | 06/11/2021

Let's Talk: A Q&A Discussion about Mental Health with Benjamin Rose

What is mental health? Behavioral health? What should you do if you’re worried about a friend or a loved one? How is COVID-19 impacting your loved one’s mental health? May is Mental Health Month and Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging wants to help you answer all of your mental health questions. In this webinar, mental health experts from Benjamin Rose’s Behavioral Health team discuss and respond to listeners questions about mental health in real time and share valuable tips and information to help you navigate mental and behavioral health services and supports.

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By Tamar Cooper, Kerstin Yoder, Doug Braun | 05/27/2021

The Digital Divide: What Families Should Know

The changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic to how we work, socialize, take care of our health and go about our daily lives have deepened the Digital Divide, the gap between those who can use and have access to technology and those who don’t. For older adults with increased healthcare and caregiving needs, as well as higher risks for social isolation, this divide can be especially daunting. In this webinar, we will look into what the Digital Divide is and what caregiving, healthcare, isolation prevention and homecare resources exist to help older adults and their caregivers navigate it together.

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By Rachel Slomovitz, Connie Hill-Johnson, Jennifer Drost | 05/21/2021