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America's Hottest Job Pays $9.70 an Hour

Home health care aides are in high demand, but face many problems

(Newser) - The good news for a struggling economy: One home health aide company plans to hire 45,000 aides this year, which should give you an idea of how quickly the business is growing. The not-so-good news: Average hourly pay for a position as an aide, currently the fastest-growing job in... More »

NY State Caregivers Keep Jobs Despite Abuse

Probe uncovers incidents involving the mentally disabled

(Newser) - At New York state homes for the mentally disabled, firings are rare—even when caregivers abuse or neglect patients, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports. Of the state’s 20 attempted firings across some dozen facilities since 2007, 18 were unsuccessful; only 2% of disciplinary cases at more than 100 facilities led... More »

AARP: Families Provide $450B in Unpaid Care

One in four adults caring for a family member at home

(Newser) - About one in four US adults provided unpaid care for a sick or disabled family member at home in 2009, and AARP estimates the dollar value to be $450 billion, the AP reports. These 42.1 million people provided an average of 18.4 hours of care per week, up... More »

New Trend in Care for Elderly: 'Granny Pods'

It's like a mini mobile home for the back yard

(Newser) - Granny Pods? Yes, Granny Pods. As NPR and the Roanoke Times explain, these are essentially miniature mobile homes custom-designed for the elderly and small enough to fit in a caregiver's yard. The idea is that aging relatives could live inside, close to the family, instead of going to a nursing... More »

Music Prompts Memory in Alzheimer's Patients

iPod therapy stimulates cognitive functions lost to disease

(Newser) - Therapists and doctors who treat Alzheimer's are now using music not only to soothe and entertain their patients but to restore some cognitive function. For decades it's been recognized that Alzheimer's patients can still remember and sing songs long after they've stopped recognizing names and faces. Now it's thought that... More »

Vets' Families Seek Pay as Caregivers

Say disability money doesn't cover needs for injured troops

(Newser) - Wounded soldiers receive disability pensions based on the extent of their injuries, but for many families that money doesn't come close to covering the costs of caregiving. After Matt Keil returned home a quadriplegic, his wife, Tracy, quit her job to care for him, losing a $58,000 per-year income... More »

SEIU Local Paid Big Bucks to Relatives' Firm

Fast-rising union prez defends payments to wife's company

(Newser) - California's biggest union local has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on companies owned by its president's relatives, the Los Angeles Times reports. The SEIU local for low-wage caregivers, and a related charity, paid six figures to a video company run by the wife and mother-in-law of union President Tyrone... More »

Don't Talk Down to Alzheimer's Patients: Docs

Trouble communicating leads to frustration, uncooperative behavior

(Newser) - Even after they lose the ability to communicate easily, Alzheimer’s disease patients remain aware of the world around them and know when they're being talked down to, a study shows. Video evidence suggests patients are twice as likely to accept help from caregivers, and to not shut down or... More »

Websites Help Boomers Tend to Mom and Dad

Americans go online for doctors, medical data‚ even automated calls

(Newser) - Americans who juggle caregiving duties are increasingly turning to the Internet for help, the Boston Globe reports.,, and are among sites that offer services like meal calenders and automated phone calls. The online data is "helping families navigate the increasingly complicated healthcare system,... More »

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