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Caregiver Support Can Help Ward Off Depression, Illness

Life changes may increase the risk of depression in older adults. And if seniors are caring for spouses or other family members, that stress can intensify feelings of depression and even lead to illness and conditions such as diabetes. One answer is respite assistance, which can help family caregivers escape, even for a few hours a day or week.

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What Can You Do to Protect Seniors

These are ways family members and home care agency caregivers can help protect their senior loved ones from the threat of scams, from the National Association of Triads, Inc. and Home Instead Senior Care.

The elderly who provide their birth dates and Social Security numbers potentially open up their entire financial histories to thieves.

Top Five Senior Scams

The top five senior scams and how they work, according to The National Association of Triads, Inc. and Home Instead Senior Care.

Senior scams can cost older adults everything from their life savings, to their homes, even their lives.

Senior Con Games

Stakes are high when criminals target older adults.

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Technology Helps Reduce Senior Depression, Keeps Families Connected

Seniors are sometimes fearful of the latest technology. But Internet services like Skype and email can keep them connected to family and friends, which could lift their spirits and help prevent loneliness and depression.

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Keep crucial medical information handy in case of emergency

With the CARE Medical History Bracelet, your complete personal health history will always be within arm's reach. In the form of a USB flash drive compatible with any computer, the wristband makes essential medical information readily available to medical staff in the event of an emergency. Simply use the wristband's preloaded software to enter or update your health data on a computer and then download that data to the band.

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Chart family medical history to assess potential health risks

Talking with your health care worker about your family health history can help you stay healthy! Use My Family Health Portrait to record pertinent health information about each of your relatives and generate a chart of health records or a family tree diagram. Organizing your information will help you or your doctor better visualize and assess potential health risks based on genetics and family history.

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Automated reminders reduce missed medications

Whether you or someone you care keep for forget to take your medication, you're struggling to order your medication refills on time, or you need to monitor medicines for multiple family members, the Personal Caregiver app can help keep track of all those things, as well as manage medication reminders, so you never have to miss a dose or refill again.

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Geo tracking technology keeps dementia sufferers safe and independent

Tell My Geo provides a perfect solution for family caregivers to keep track of their aging parents with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, while still allowing those loved ones to maintain their independence. The app creates a tether between two phones so adult children can monitor the location of their parents, and so their parents can easily call for help or find their way home if they've become confused or lost.

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Connect and organize to manage complex health conditions

iBiomed is a health social network and organizer for anyone or any caregiver managing a multi-symptom health condition. The mobile or web-based application arms users with easy, efficient, portable and reliable record keeping tools to simplify health management and facilitate communication with health care providers or other people like you.

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