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Aging Parent

Recognizing When Your Elderly Parent Has Dementia

John Shore | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
John Shore

Once all the emotional baggage has been cleared out of the way, you're free to worry about the only thing you really have to worry about, which are the practical aspects of physically protecting your mother from herself.

It's Time to Start Talking About End of Life

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 10.29.2012 | Fifty
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

It was my father, not I, who initiated the end-of-life "conversation" that would extend over more than two years. It began when he asked me to come over so we could review some "materials" he'd put together.

Does Any Computer Appeal to Seniors?

Liddy Manson | Posted 09.02.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

Technology can't substitute for human interaction, and it never will. But it can ease the demands of caregiving in the early years, and buy everyone much needed time.

Celebrate Like There's No Tomorrow

Dwayne J. Clark | Posted 08.12.2012 | Fifty
Dwayne J. Clark

When my mom turned 87, it would have been easy for my family to insist on a low-key birthday commemoration -- or even not to celebrate at all. We threw her a party anyway. Here's why.

Why Home Matters, Even -- Especially -- at the End

Liddy Manson | Posted 06.09.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

She couldn't leave her bed at all during the final months, but the city came to her, one person at a time, to say goodbye in the room where they'd said so many hellos.

Reconsidering Today's Older Generation

Liddy Manson | Posted 05.15.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

I now consider mid-70s as "prime of life." Women in their 70s take brisk walks in cute yoga pants, work out at gyms, and go zip-lining in the Amazonian Rain Forest.

Where Have All the Old People Gone?

Liddy Manson | Posted 04.02.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

Where have they gone? And what does it mean for my kids that, apart from their grandparents, they just don't know any old people?

A Resolution for Future Holidays: Listen to and Learn From the Past

Liddy Manson | Posted 02.06.2012 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

I spend much of my life filled with regret that I don't see the people I love as much as I'd like, and that when I'm with them I don't pay as close attention as I should. A visit with a dear friend last weekend broke that pattern.

Goodbye Minivan, Hello Freedom: The Upside of Aging

Liddy Manson | Posted 12.25.2011 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

By and large I hate aging. The wrinkles under the eyes, the graying hair, the increasingly saggy skin, the ache in the foot that I know will never really get better. Everyone knows the drill.

How Do We Make 90 A Better 90 For Our Parents?

Liddy Manson | Posted 12.02.2011 | Fifty
Liddy Manson

This is the great challenge of the generation -- not just planning for our retirements, but caring for our parents who will live well into our retirements, and supporting each other as we all embark on our unique caregiving journeys.

The Mother Of My Reinvention

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 07.08.2011 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Recently my mother said, "I'm scared." When I asked why, she said, "Because I've made so many mistakes, especially with you kids." I took her hand and said, "It's OK, Mom, you've already been forgiven," and with that I realized that, like St. Peter at the Gates, I had forgiven her.

Caring For the Caregiver

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

While many family caregivers find enormous satisfaction in their duties, most find it extremely challenging emotionally. One of the issues faced by family caregivers is feeling isolated from their former lives.