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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
  • 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. 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

    Apr 08, 2019
  • 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

    Apr 01, 2019
  • 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

    Mar 25, 2019
  • Pet Therapy and the Huge Benefits for Seniors

    There’s a reason the saying ‘Man’s best friend’ never goes out of style. Dogs the world over have taken up the calling to be caregivers in their own right. Many agencies, hospitals, and physicians have a resident canine to help make patients happy and calm. If they say laughter is the best medicine, four paws and a wet nose comes in a close second. Lets take a look at some of the benefits of participating in pet therapy programs:

    Physical, Emotional and Psychological Benefits of Pet Therapy for Seniors

    • Seniors with heart conditions who own pets tend to outlive those who don’t.
    • Walking a dog provides much-needed physical exercise, which leads to improved mobility and a healthier lifestyle overall.
    • The ability to have something to pet or touch can result in lower blood pressure, normal heart rate and reduced stress.
    • Pets
  • Dawn
    Mar 18, 2019