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  • Temporary Caregiver Insurance Fast Facts

    Rhode Island is certainly not devoid of State benefits for stressful times that people face. There’s Temporary Disability Insurance or TDI as we refer to it, which provides income for Rhode Islanders who have either a serious illness or injury. There's EBT, WIC, etc... But, have you heard of Temporary Caregiver Insurance TCI? Many people have not, and are not taking advantage of this four week program which allows for replacement income in the event of a sick family member or bonding with a newborn child. Here’s some statistics on the program as current as August, 2019:

    TCI claims – Of the 4,177 initial TDI applications filed during the month of August 1,117 (26.7%) were Temporary Caregiver Insurance benefits (TCI). A total of 631 (56.5%) were approved and 486 (43.5%) were pending.

    Type of Claim– More than 15 percent of the TCI claims

    Oct 07, 2019
  • For Brain Health Just Mind (Your Own) Diet!

    I came across an article from Daily Express, UK, in which a gentleman claimed to not only have reversed but cured his Wife’s Alzheimer’s Disease with a change in diet. It’s a bold claim and not one that can be medically confirmed. Rather than dissect the notion of food as medicine (which it is!) – we found some recommendations we believe are sustainable and delicious all at the same time.

    It’s called the MIND Diet, and it’s designed to promote optimal brain health and longevity. The MIND diet helped slow the rate of cognitive decline and protect against Alzheimer's regardless of other risk factors.

    The study, published in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia, looked at more than 900 people between the ages of 58 and 98 who filled out food questionnaires and underwent repeated neurological testing. It found participants whose diets most

    Sep 25, 2019
  • Peak Seasonal Affective Disorde Time is Upon Us
    New England is one of the prettiest places to live in the country. Not only do we have mountains, and oceans, and urban living at your fingertips, we're a culinary destination, a thriving farming community, and an athlete's paradise given our four seasons. But not everyone here loves it when the days grow shorter and the temperature drops. Some people can suffer from 'Seasonal Affective Disorder' a debilitating condition which effects a much larger percent of the population than we'd think. Here's some tips to assist you in combating the grey days of Winter. 

    1. Exercise

    We’ve all heard that exercise is good for you, but when you’re feeling low, that’s easy to forget. Even 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per day will help stave off depression. Take a 30-minute walk, bike ride or swim, or do chair exercises to a video, active

    Sep 16, 2019
  • Project Lifesaver: An Excellent Resource for Protecting those who may ‘Wander’

    It’s a sobering statistic to read: 125,000 patients with Alzheimer’s Disease go missing each year nationwide. While Silver Alerts and other GPS technologies are wonderfully helpful, there’s a lesser known but powerful option called ‘Project Lifesaver’.

    This national program operates throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, usually via a local Sherrif, Police or Fire Department. We had the good fortune to chat with Lieutenant Pimental of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office and he provided some excellent and compelling reasons why Project Lifesaver should be enrolling many more participants as a reliable way to keep your loved one’s safe.

    What Exactly is Project Lifesaver?

    Each participant is fitted with a secure bracelet which also features a tracking device. The bracelet, once applied, needs to be cut off every ten weeks so the

    Sep 05, 2019
  • Caregivers are losing sleep caring for loved ones

    Caregivers of people with dementia lose between 2.5 to 3.5 hours of sleep weekly due to difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep -- a negative for themselves and potentially for those who receive their care, Baylor University researchers say. But the good news is that simple, low-cost interventions can improve caregivers' sleep and functioning.

    The researchers' analysis of 35 studies with data from 3,268 caregivers -- "Sleep Duration and Sleep Quality in Caregivers of Patients with Dementia" -- is published in JAMA Network Open, a publication of the American Medical Association.

    Informal caregiving for a person with dementia is akin to adding a part-time but unpaid job to one's life, with family members averaging 21.9 hours of caregiving, according to The Alzheimer's Association estimates.

    "Losing 3.5 hours of sleep per week does

    Aug 27, 2019