LiveingWell Health News Letter
Wishing you and yours a very healthy and happy holiday.
1 ELDER CARE ISSUES 2. HERBAL 3. FACTS & TIPS 4. IN THE NEWS
5. HEALTH SITES 6. RECIPE 7. Thought of the day
ELDER CARE ISSUES
As Elder Care Issues Become A Growing Concern for Employers, Affordable Resources and Information for
Working Care givers Are Needed
© 2002 Robert E. O'Toole
Did you know that the older "baby boomers" turn 55 this year? This group of 76 million middle aged
Americans will be celebrating 55th birthdays at an amazing rate, every 7 seconds for the next 20 years!
But they are not the fastest growing age group in America. They're parents are!
More people are living to age 85 and beyond than ever before in history. The wonderful gift of longevity
however, can often be a mixed blessing. As we reach old age, most of us need some help with out daily living
activities. Simple, but vital needs we have everyday such as help with bathing and dressing, mobility, using the
bathroom, keeping up our home, and preparing meals.
Care giving responsibilities are proving to be more challenging and stressful than finding childcare for working
Americans in the new millennium. Caring for aging parents affects millions of baby boomers that are turning 50
at a rapid pace. The combination of increased longevity, and lower birth rates has resulted in a new phenomenon of family care giving. The average working couple has more living parents than children. In our
mobile society they are more likely to be living fare from the aging parent who now needs their help.
Caring for aging parents is not just a problem for their adult children, however. According to several recent
studies the cost of elder care to US employers in lost productivity and other costs may exceed $31 billion. More
than half of Americans have friends or relatives who have needed long-term care, and nearly 30 percent have
provided hand-on care or personal assistance, according to a survey of 1,000 adults by the National Council on
Care giving takes a heavy toll on work and family life. Among those who have provided care, 67 percent
reported that it has had a significant impact on their family lives, and 41 percent reported that it had a
significant impact on their work. More than 10 percent of those who have provided care said they had given up
promotions or jobs as a result.
Both men and women said providing care affected their family lives, but more women cited this effect, 73
percent compared to 60 percent. And more than twice as many women than men said providing long-term care
assistance had a significant impact on their own health, 40 percent compared to 18 percent.
Many caregivers report family conflict and the loss of friends and activities as a result of care giving. The
emotional and physical strains of care giving often lead to deterioration in the caregiver's own health. Although
caregivers report physical, financial, and family strains associated with care giving, the most negative
consequences of care giving on caregivers seem to be the emotional strain of caregiver burdens.
Since 1998 a group of elder care professionals have been working to develop an effective, affordable solution
to the complex needs of working caregivers, many of whom live a great distance from the elder or disabled
family member they are concerned about.
Using a nationwide consortium of independent eldercare specialists, a program of caregiver support services
can be offered by employers, trade unions or associations at an affordable cost (often less $2.00 per
employee/member per month). Instead of a "one size fits all" approach, "Elder Life Planning in the
Workplace", which is now available nationwide can be customized for the unique needs and budget of each
employer or sponsor who wishes to offer eldercare services.
A toll free call center staffed by experienced, highly trained professionals allows working caregivers to get a
customized information kit about resources to meet their specific needs in the community where help is needed.
Local eldercare agencies provide on site educational programs concerning health care, legal and financial
issues of aging. By carefully screening professionals and service providers and requiring each one to be highly
qualified and to meet recognized standards of professional ethics and practice, this model of workplace elder
care provides quality assurance to employers and employees while generating substantial savings over more
bureaucratic and proprietary work/life programs.
Robert E. O'Toole, LICSM, is President of Informed Decisions, Inc. a private company specializing in elder
care issues. A founding member of the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, he is a
former editor of the Geriatric Care Management Journal. He is the publisher of the monthly electronic
newsletter Elder Life Planning News.
A free subscription to Elder Life Planning News is available at www.elderlifeplanning.com. Simply add your
name and E-mail to the subscription box on the homepage.
"Care Givers Need Care Too" a free booklet for family caregivers will be mailed free of charge to anyone who requests it at
which has provided elder care support information on the web since 1996.
Robert E. O'Toole, President
Informed Eldercare Decisions, Inc.
Dedham, MA 1-800-375-0595
LEMON Therapeutic Effect
Used internally, lemon has an anti-inflammatory action. It also helps cleanse the body by promoting
Perspiration and acting as a diuretic. At the same time, lemon stimulates the appetite, aids digestion,
strengthens the body's defenses, relieves cramps and generally refreshes. Used externally, lemon dilates the
blood vessels in the skin.
All in all Lemon is a great cleanser and high in Vit.-C
Recommended you use Organic lemons.
Combing herbs with certain drugs may alter their action or produce unwanted side effects. Tell your health care
practitioner immediately about any prescription or nonprescription drugs you're taking.
FACTS & TIPS:
Foot bath For Tired, Aching Feet
With the holidays coming up here is a little help; Holiday shopping can take a toll on your feet, leaving them
aching, tired and swollen. Indulge in an aromatherapy foot bath as you relax after a long day. This combination
of oils can usually be added to electric foot spas (check manufacturer's instructions), or just added to very
warm to hot water in a pan deep and wide enough to comfortably soak both feet. To your pan of water, add 3
drops of juniper essential oil, 2 drops of lavender essential oil and 2 drops of rosemary essential oil. Follow with
a foot massage if possible!
IN THE NEWS:
When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you
"squeeze" for freshness or softness. Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a
week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And each day has a different color twist tie.
Monday - Blue
Tuesday - Green
Thursday - Red
Friday - White
Saturday - Yellow
Sent in by a reader.
Easy to make Low in Fat.
6 cups stale French bread, cubed
3 cups cooked wild rice
1 can sliced water chestnuts
1/2 cup raisins or (dried cranberries)
1/4 cup dried apricots, cut small)
1/4 cup dried prunes (cut small)
2 cups apple cider
1 or 2 tsp. sage
Mix 1-cup cider with bread, let sit until bread is soft.
Mix all ingredients together until well incorporated, put into casserole; place into 350-degree oven. Bake till
nice and brown on top. Dressing can also be placed in Cornish hens, chickens, turkey, or stuffing in veal
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