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  • Why You Need our Dementia Friends Program

    Rhode island has the single largest proportion of citizens over the age of 85 in the United States. Yet, we’re lagging behind several States with providing comprehensive programming and grassroots awareness for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

    While a statewide initiative has been in the pre-launch stages, we’re taking a pro-active approach to empowering our community by bringing the nationally recognized Dementia Friends program to Rhode Island!

    So what is it, and why is it important? Let us explain.

    Today there are over 23,000 diagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s in Rhode Island, while the actual number including all forms of Dementia is likely significantly higher. People who are in the various stages of Dementia interact with us on a daily basis. Perhaps they are the Seniors we deliver daily meals to. Or perhaps they are the Silver

    Dawn
    Apr 22, 2019
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  • It's Tax Day! Do you qualify for a Caregiver tax credit?

    Top Option: Your Loved One Becomes Your Dependent

    You can claim a $500 nonrefundable credit for dependents who do not qualify for the child tax credit, including dependents such as elderly parents. Unlike a deduction, which lowers your taxable income, a tax credit is deducted from the taxes you owe.

    The Internal Revenue Service allows family caregivers to claim some individuals related by blood, marriage or adoption and even friends as dependents — if both parties meet the IRS requirements. If so, the caregiver can claim the dependent and the credit for other dependents on his or her federal tax return. A caution is that adding the dependent may impact your household health insurance costs if purchased through the Marketplace or if the dependent is eligible for Medicaid.

    To qualify:

    • Your loved one must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or
  • Dawn
    Apr 15, 2019
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  • Have you seen RIElderInfo yet?

    It’s not easy getting old! We joke and poke fun at the aging process, but the reality is it can be a challenge to maintain your quality of life, while becoming increasingly dependent on external resources.

    If you’re like us, navigating through the elder care system and programs can be an overwhelming task. Where do you start? How can you find the care and service options you need? Fortunately, there’s a new option you need to be aware of.

    RIElderinfo.com was launched recently by a highly skilled Gerontologist, Deb Burton. Deb also operates Seniors Choice Consulting, which serves all of Rhode Island.

    What makes RIElderInfo different? It’s intuitive and clean layout aside, the site provides clear directions for visitors based on their role in the care continuum. Whether you’re a Senior needing services, a Caregiver seeking specific

    Dawn
    Apr 08, 2019
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  • Going Back in Time to Help Dementia Patients

    Over 1.3 million people currently live in Nursing facilities across the United States. Out of that number, over 54% are diagnosed and living with Dementia in various forms. We have all heard the stories of panicked episodes, acting out, and even violence from patients who experience symptoms which can be triggered for a variety of reasons. What we do know is that often these tactics don’t work. Restraining the patients, putting them in lockdown wards, may help keep them physically safe – but can have far reaching consequences for them and the staff who care for them.

    Luckily, some countries in Europe have gotten ahead of the curve and are introducing some novel and unique environments for Dementia patients, and they’re really clever! Since we know in nearly all cases when symptoms and memory loss appears, it’s short term memory most

    Dawn
    Apr 01, 2019
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  • A Link Between Depression and Stroke

    With all the recent news surrounding the prevalence of Stroke, and its scary inclination towards striking people seemingly in the prime of their lives, we thought it would be a good week to talk about some new findings.

    While the exact cause of Ischemic Stroke is unclear, and in most cases a layered set of circumstances, a recent study is detecting a link between Depression and Stroke. The results of the 1,100 person controlled study will be presented in May at the America Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting. The study involved about 1,100 people living in New York City; the participants had an average age of 70 and had never had a stroke. At the start of the study, participants filled out a survey designed to measure symptoms of depression, such as feeling sad or feeling like everything is an effort. Based on the survey, the

    Dawn
    Mar 25, 2019
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