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Aging Parents

Why I Read: 'Bettyville' by George Hodgman

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 08.25.2015 | Books
Sheila Blanchette

Once in awhile you read a book that touches you so deeply it changes your perspective. Bettyville by George Hodgman is one of those books. George and...

On Dementia: Thoughts like Fish, Slippery and Darting

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 08.10.2015 | Fifty
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

It is a lesson in patience to bite our lips and keep our fingers still rather than trying to build her the perfect piece of fishing equipment. We are slow to learn, and are still working out the right way to respond when she admits the minnow is gone. We usually just point out another fish and renew our hope that perhaps she'll be able to catch it.

4 Essential Tips To Help You Care For Aging Parents

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 08.08.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

Other than divorce and death of a loved one, few things are more disorienting than the shift from being cared for by your parents to caring for your parents. The change creates some serious turbulence.

Mom, You Hit a Fire Hydrant

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 07.31.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Daughter: Mother dear, I can't believe you smashed your car into a fire hydrant. At least you didn't get hurt. Mother: That fire hydrant wasn't there yesterday. Daughter: Oh, Mom, of course it was. I wonder whether you should keep driving. Mother: I'm fine, and I'm not giving up driving.

The Likes of You and Not Being Cool

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 07.30.2015 | Parents
Kay Tacke Morse

Ma'am -- may I take your lunch order? Avocado scramble with Aardvark Sauce please. My daughter smirks. The likes of you smirk. The ma'am giving her ca...

Advanced Training for Home Health Aides Is Changing the Way Americans Age in Place

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When Mary, a longtime home health aide, was asked to fill in for one of her colleagues recently, she found that her new client wasn't even attempting ...

AARP: Family Caregiving Surpasses Medicaid Spending By $21 Billion

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.21.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Anyone questioning the need to address America's mounting caregiver crisis need only look at AARP's most recently released study to understand its severity and magnitude.

Moving Dad Part 2

Alisa Schindler | Posted 07.15.2015 | Fifty
Alisa Schindler

"This is a new life. I want it," I say to my father who is racked with nerves. "Say it," I insist. "This is a new life. I want it," he repeats.

America's Mounting Caregiver Crisis

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.14.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

As the Baby Boomers continue to swell the ranks of our senior population, elder care concerns will impact more and more families. It's a global trend in dire need of solutions. While we are beginning to see positive steps, we still have a long way to go.

Crossroads (Moving Dad - 1)

Alisa Schindler | Posted 07.13.2015 | Fifty
Alisa Schindler

The rain drizzles down but the storm cloud lifts just a little. Even though it is dark, the mood has lightened, brightening the landscape. I can still make out the blur of the neon sign flashing ominously in the haze but there's no turning back now. For better or for worse we are on this new road.

4 Must-Know Tips for Your Parent's Hospital Stay

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 07.05.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

The truth is that, when you're dealing with a hospital, you have to be vigilant and firm -- right from the very beginning. As crazy as it sounds, you cannot assume that the hospital knows what it's doing or has your parent's best interests at heart.

The Hat Peeking Over the Steering Wheel

Ana McGinley | Posted 06.23.2015 | Fifty
Ana McGinley

My father's story will sound familiar to many people. Naturally should he be an obvious risk to other drivers -- and to himself -- removing his license would be essential. But this is not the case. As with many older people in the early stages of chronic illnesses, like dementia, the disease progress slowly destroys skills and abilities.

How to Tell When a Household Member Is Impeding Your Loved One's Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

"Our interventions are often for a limited time, so it ultimately falls on the family to make sure the home environment is working. We're always happy and relieved when a family reaches out to us and asks how they can help."

My Fabulous Mother

Honey Good | Posted 05.15.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

No matter how angry I have been with her, there has never been a time I did not pick up the phone and call my mother and say, "Please let's not argue. I am sorry this is happening between us." My mother is the most important woman in my life. I love and respect her unconditionally.

Monitoring System Takes Stigma And Stress Out Of Aging Independently

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.12.2015 | Fifty

For any senior who has cringed at the infamous "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up" ads, there's a new product in store that can take the stigma out...

How To Love Your Aging Mother

Iris Krasnow | Posted 05.10.2015 | Fifty
Iris Krasnow

How you treat your aging mother is an example to your own children on how to treat you as you enter you final lap, a passage that can be physically painful and lonely. Be consistently grumpy around your old mom and your kids may do the same when you are their old mom- and stick you in a nursing home far away from your grandchildren.

Mixed Feelings About Mothers' Day

Joanne Fleisher | Posted 05.09.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Joanne Fleisher

As I've watched my mother grow old I realize how little control we have about how long we are fated to live. I've changed my thinking about the goal of a long life. Quality of life is more important to me. And how much control do we have over that? Still, I hope I will have the kind of spirit and pride Mom shows the world despite her certainty that she has outlived her time.

The 5 Best Things About Being An Older Mother

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.08.2015 | Fifty

Here at Huff/Post50, we're fully aware that plenty of great things can happen late in the game -- everything from falling in love, to reinventing your...

Top 10 Scariest Facts About the Home Care Industry

Kyle Hill | Posted 05.07.2015 | Fifty
Kyle Hill

Today almost half (47 percent) of seniors aged 75+ live alone. As people get older, their likelihood of living alone only increases. Loneliness contributes to cognitive decline, risk of dementia, arthritis, impaired mobility and depression.

Being 25 and Dealing With a Mother Who's a Stroke Victim

Patrice Bendig | Posted 05.07.2015 | Women
Patrice Bendig

Unpredictable. That sums up what I have learned from the decade long experience of being the daughter of a multiple stroke and heart attack survivor.

How To Cope When You Reverse Roles With Your Aging Parents

Patricia S. Guthrie | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Patricia S. Guthrie

I've never felt so conflicted as I did when I packed up 40 years worth of family possessions from the only home I ever knew. Watching your parents age and being the one on the front lines of denial -- I'm not moving, I don't need help, etc. -- slaps you awake into a reality no one wants, or is prepared, to face.

My Mother on Sex, Romance and Being An Octogenarian

Pamela Madsen | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

When I was younger, I could tease my husband that he could be replaced with a tennis ball and a big fat pillow. I could be cocky in those days because I was getting my quota. Recently, I confessed to my daughters that I still have sexual desires.

Aging in a High Tech World

Ellen Isaacs | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Ellen Isaacs

I couldn't figure out what was going on until Dad showed me a phone bill with a total amount due of $2,132.41, and listing some 200 phone calls to/from 'Kingston' (Jamaica) and Las Vegas.

The Lifestyle Choices More Older Women Are Starting To Embrace

Jane Giddan and Ellen Cole | Posted 03.18.2015 | Fifty
Jane Giddan and Ellen Cole

Sooner or later, the family house becomes too big and too expensive. Women, especially if they are on their own, have to determine the right time to move and where to live next -- whether to live alone, join a community of age-mates, or move in with children or other relatives or settle near them.

Sanity-Saving Secrets For Caring For Your Aging Parents

Posted 12.19.2014 | OWN

Your Starter Kit Three questions to ask your parents right now. 1. Do you have a living will? Roughly 72 percent of seniors have advance dire...