Dually Noted from around the web

November 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

A tax cut for caregivers?
If Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton gets her way, the nation’s caregivers will be in for a tax cut. Clinton has called for a tax credit of up to $6,000 to help cover caregiving expenses. In addition, she has recommended additional Social Security benefits for caregivers who take time off of work to help loved ones and increased funding for state caregiver programs.

CMS approves Medicaid funds for homeless housing
Based on strong evidence that finding secure housing for homeless individuals can lead to improved health outcomes, CMS informed state Medicaid offices that Medicaid funds can “be used to help chronically homeless people and others with long-term disabilities to find and maintain permanent housing.” The funding can be used to help homeless individuals apply for housing, gain understanding of the terms of their leases, and make better nutritional decisions.

How “sundowning” affects seniors
A piece on WBUR’s CommonHealth shares stories of “sundowning,” a syndrome that causes seniors to become confused or experience behavior changes after dark. Although the condition has been linked to advanced dementia, the syndrome has been detected in others, including individuals who have just had surgery.

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