There are currently an estimated 35,000,000 people in the United States alone who are caring for an aging loved one.
And as the baby boomer generation retires...at the rate of 10,000 a day...the strain on caregivers throughout the world will increase exponentially as the "silver tsunami" hits.
Simply put, caregivers need help, and as time goes on they will need more of it.
But The Incredible Thing Is The Amount of Resources That Currently Exist To Assist Caregivers
Yes, there is a massive assortment of services and organizations designed to assist caregivers. The problem is that some of these can be difficult to find.
And that's where the caregiver support workshop comes in.
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Contents and Overview
Through 45 lectures and my own personal experiences as a caregiver, you will learn from my successes and mistakes the best way to take care of and protect your aging parents, while at the same time getting enough support for yourself that you can still live your own life...as you deserve to do!
This introductory lecture will take you through the course, showing you what you will learn and providing a guide for the rest of the lectures.
The reason for explaining my care giving story is to establish my own credibility in the field and also to allow the student to profit from my mistakes. Many of the lectures throughout this course are based upon showing my students how to avoid the problems and mistakes I make.
Here I highlight my mistales and the lectures in Section 2 detail these mistakes and offer remedies to the student.
Therefore, while it is the longest lecture in the course it is also the most important.
This lecture will educate the caregiver on what a Power-of-Attorney is, why it is important for caregivers to have access to and the problems you will face if you do not have on in place for your aging parents.
This lecture describes the importance of having a health care proxy in place.
As a caregiver you will understand what medical directives are and why they are an important part of your caregiving plan.
My biggest mistake...and the mistake which compounded all my other problems on my caregiving journey...is explained and I express to the student the absolute necessity of taking action now on all of the topics I speak of in this course...before it is too late!
While it is often difficult to get our parents to talk of their failing health, the more you know the more you can help them in a crisis.
It is important to have at least an understanding of the medical coverage your parents have...or you end up in our situation of having "double coverage" and both insurance companies claiming the other was the primary. Not what you want to be dealing with during a health and financial crisis.
Why caregivers should have at least an idea as to where they can find information relating to their finances, just in case they need the information in an emergency.
My most embarrassing mistake...make because Mom has spent time in her first nursing home doing a rehab stint 18 months before her heart attack.
Your "go-to" resource as a caregiver
There are many local volunteer organizations that can assist seniors. Some are well known and some aren't. I highlight one of the lesser-known groups that really takes ownership of its mission to help caregivers assisting their aging parents.
I define the 6 Activities for Daily Living and explain why caregivers need to know them in evaluating whether their aging parents can safely live on their own.
Being that I got such a phone for my mother, I show the caregiver how to do the same for their aging parents.
One of the most commonly-asked questions of retiring seniors who often lose their dental care in retirement...where can I go to get free (or at least discounted) dental care and dentures is answered.
As seniors age and lose their hearing, finding some means of economically taking care of their hearing is important. Here I show what helped my mother to regain her hearing.
I used free legal advice to get $12,000 of my mother's debts forgiven. I show the student how to find local sources of free legal help and obtain the same results I did.
Here, I show the caregiver not only how to find a free medical alert system but the single most important factor when evaluating medic alert devices.
Food stamps, or SNAP are often the difference between seniors having to choose between paying for their medications, paying for rent and paying for food.
I show you how and where to apply for benefits.
Here I outline the little-known Cash and Counseling Program that gives direct payments to caregivers and how you as a caregiver can qualify.
Is your loved one seeking a low-cost transportation option? Here are the details you need to know about...
This program really is a lifesaver for the caregivers of those with dementia and Alzheimer's, making sure that if they wander they can be found.
This little-known government program allows veterans and their spouses to get assistance with the activities for daily living
Seniors should not have to choose between eating and paying for their medications. Here I show you how to find programs that can assist you in paying for your prescription drugs.
These cards can save you 50%-80% off of your medications. I show you how to find them for free.
The JEEP program keeps our loved ones safe in storms and hurricans. I show you how to access it.
Providing subsidies for telephone bills and set up fees.
Providing subsidies for paying our heating bills as well as making our homes more energy efficient.
I explain how to find doctors and dentists that accept Medicaid.
How stressed out are you as a caregiver? This is what we need to find out first.
What is burnout and how do we avoid it?
How can caregivers find sources of respite care for themselves?
How can you be sure the nursing home is a good one? I show you how to investigate it.
Here are tips and ideas to be on the watch out for to combat neglect/abuse at nursing homes.
The best way to check out an assisted living facility
A quick primer on government health care and the differences between Medicare and Medicaid.
How to pick the right elder law attorney.
How caregivers can go about finding and hiring a geriatric care manager.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Tony Rovere and I developed this course after having to deal with so many issues with my own aging parents that I realized that "unprepared caregivers" like I was needed help.
The amazing thing was the amount of resources out there to help our aging parents and caregivers as well.
The problem was...where to look for them.
So since my mother's heart attack over 3 years ago I developed a website to do just this, Stuff Seniors Need, and have helped caregivers throughout the country find the resources they need.
Now, after having done radio interviews with politicians, writing for sites like Aging Care and speaking at seminars on the subject, I am bringing my expertise to Udemy.