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Allan Vann
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Is Your NH Visitation Policy in Compliance with Federal Law?
“What are your daily visiting hours?” was one of the many questions I asked the intake person in a New York (NY) nursing home (NH) office last year before my late wife was admitted. I was told that I could visit each day between 10:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. I w...

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Tips for Improving Caregiver Communication In ALFs and NHs
When making assisted living facility (ALF) and nursing home (NH) placements for loved ones, families relinquish their roles as primary caregivers, entrusting that role to institutional staff.  Staff must realize, however, that some family caregivers will st...

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Inspirational Thoughts for Alzheimer’s Caregivers, Widows, and Widowers
                                           It’s now been one year since the death of my wife, Clare,
after her ten year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  As an AD spouse for ten years, I experienced
more days of sadness and grief than I can count.  O...

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10 New Year's Wishes for Alzheimer's Caregivers
Although
my wife passed away last year after her ten year battle with Alzheimer’s
disease (AD), as a former spouse caregiver I will always remain an advocate for
improving the diagnosis and treatment of people with Alzheimer’s.  Here is my wish list to impr...

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Free Respite Opportunities for Alzheimer's Caregivers
    Caregivers for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease (AD)
often experience significant stress caused by their daily caregiving
responsibilities.  Some caregivers who
feel the need for respite may be able to rely on family or friends to assume
their caregi...

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Alzheimer's and the 21st Century Cares Act
A bill
known as the EUREKA Act  1  ... “Ensuring Useful
Research Expenditures is Key for Alzheimer’s” ... was introduced with
bipartisan support (62 co-sponsors) in the U.S. Senate by Mississippi Senator
Roger Wicker in 2015, and in 2016 companion legislati...

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Cautioning Caregivers About Long-Term Care Insurance
When my wife, Clare, and I retired in the year
2000, we made sure to update our end-of-life documents—our wills, living wills,
health care proxies, and power of attorney. And, even though only in our mid-50s,
we also decided to purchase long-term care (LTC)...

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Reporting Deaths of Individuals with Alzheimer's Disease
Editorial Reporting Deaths of Individuals with Alzheimer’s
Disease After a 10-year struggle with early-onset Alzheimer’s
disease (AD), my wife recently passed away in a nursing home, 1 month before
her 70th birthday. Shortly afterwards, I received a copy of...

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Alzheimer's Caregivers Need Caring Too
It was 2007 when I observed my wife’s first symptoms of
Alzheimer’s disease (AD).  In 2009, Clare
was officially diagnosed with early or young onset AD and by 2010 Clare’s
decline had progressed to the point where I could no longer leave her
alone.  I becam...
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