More than 65 million people, 29% of the U.S. population or three in ten households, provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or older family members or friends. Regardless of what type of care a caregiver provides for someone, they are a caregiver and need and deserve support, assistance and current information to make decisions about their loved one's care. Many supports are available that often are overlooked including local resources, online support and technology that can make the caregiving duties less stressful and more fulfilling.
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Central Plains Area Agency on Aging remind seniors and those who care for them to be aware of extreme temperatures this summer. As temperatures rise in July and August so do the number of older adults at risk for heat exposure, heat stroke, and other heat related illnesses. Heat related illness and death are preventable, with hotter and humid days weeks ahead please take a few minutes to learn and take proper precautions to avoid a hot weather health emergency.
Medicare fraud and abuse is a growing problem that affects beneficiaries and taxpayers across the country. Since 1997, the Administration on Aging has funded an important program called the Senior Medicare Patrol that is designed to combat the issue of Medicare fraud and abuse by providing outreach and education to seniors. The Senior Medicare Patrol of Kansas’s (KS SMP) mission is to empower seniors to, “Protect, Detect, and Report” Medicare fraud, errors and abuse. To advance this program in Kansas, the Kansas Department on Aging, Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) program is partnering with the local Central Plains Area Agency on Aging to recruit and train individuals interested in fighting Medicare and Medicaid fraud.
You may have thought you already had “the talk” in your younger years, but “the talk” we are referring to now is one that informs your loved ones of your wishes regarding healthcare decisions. Taking the opportunity to think about your wishes prior to a healthcare crisis allows you to make informed and thoughtful decisions about healthcare treatment options. In response to the National Healthcare Decisions Day in April, Central Plains Area Agency on Aging (CPAAA) and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice want to increase awareness about the importance of advanced directives at the April 17th seminar.
It is not uncommon for families to be separated by great distances. Often during the holidays we have the opportunity to visit with loved ones and re-connect through sharing old memories and beginning new traditions. The holidays are also a good time to check in with loved ones and friends to observe how they are coping with health conditions and to ensure their safety and well-being. Central Plains Area Agency on Aging encourages long distance caregivers, family and friends to take time during the busy holiday season to notice if things have changed in the lives’ of older loved ones.