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Aging Parents

How Aphasia Helped Me Communicate With My Mother

Cathy L. Mason | Posted 02.06.2016 | Fifty
Cathy L. Mason

My mother's hands became her primary form of communication. She and I talked, of course, but it was often a swing-and-a-miss type of situation. Her embarrassment at not being able to identify a table, a door, or even her beloved dog caused many tears of frustration.

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You - My Neighborhood Is No Longer Safe

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 02.05.2016 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

As time passes, neighborhoods and communities change. New homes, shopping centers, and schools can make old ones unappealing and of little interest. E...

5 Lessons In Setting Boundaries That Every Caregiver Must Learn

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 01.19.2016 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

It seems like I've been exhausted for 20 years. In just the last few months I've been waking up to the realization that this fatigue is the direct result of too much time and energy doing things that I can't or don't want to do.

5 Ways to Become an Ally for Your Aging Parents

Stacey Gordon | Posted 01.15.2016 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

In a long car ride with my musically savvy teenagers, I happily listened to the bands they enjoy most, bands with names like "Vampire Weekend" and "...

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You - I'm Sick

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 01.11.2016 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

When raising children, we often try to shield them from problems and stress. We don't let them know that the mortgage is two months behind. We don't share our marital problems with them. And we do what we can to make sure they are happy, feel loved, and have the best chance to succeed in life.

A Broken Heart, For Mama

Jenna Henry Hansen | Posted 01.04.2016 | Women
Jenna Henry Hansen

Over a year has passed, and I am still grappling with the finality of my mother's death. Questions bounce around in my head: How did the life of such an amazing person burn out like that? Why did she want to fade away?

Combatting Late-Life Depression, System-Wide and One Loved One at a Time

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

Recognizing that isolation, depression, and anxiety -- if unaddressed -- create a downward spiral of health that exacts a financial and human toll, we must continue to create services for the homebound elderly that address their mental as well as physical needs.

Women Of All Ages Thank Their Fathers In One Tear-Jerking Video

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.17.2015 | Fifty

While our childhoods can be filled with leisurely days spent with dad, you might find yourself having less and less time for your beloved papa...

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You - Depression

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 12.16.2015 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

In an ideal world, our retirement years would be filled with good health, happiness and the time to do all the things we added to our so-called bucket...

7 Actionable Tips To Help You Tackle The Senior Living Discussion

Jamison Gosselin | Posted 12.07.2015 | Fifty
Jamison Gosselin

Holiday visits allow you to see the new paint color your mom chose for the guest bedroom or test out the rocking chair your dad built in his wood shop. These visits can also shed some light on mom and dad's quality of life in their current living situation, which may prompt additional conversations.

Holiday Ho Ho Ho

Jane Marks | Posted 12.02.2015 | Fifty
Jane Marks

Ah, the holidays are here! Holidays and caregiving are like oil and water, dogs and cats, the Patriots and the get it. To your already busy schedule, add the myriad of holiday tasks.

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You - Overspending

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 12.02.2015 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

For many of us, the dream of retirement includes plenty of free time and enough money to splurge on all the things we passed up during our younger yea...

The Older I Get, The Weirder The Conversations Get

Susan McCorkindale | Posted 12.01.2015 | Fifty
Susan McCorkindale

I can't believe it, but I've reached the point in my life where whenever I get together with my girlfriends, the conversation ultimately turns to aging parents and poop. Not aging parents and their poop. No one wants to talk about that. But our poop

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You -- Incontinence

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 11.16.2015 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

In this new blog series, Things Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You, we look at issues and problems that could be happening in your aging parent's life that they are not telling you about -- and offer solutions to help manage these situations.

Supporting Aging Parents By Providing a Sense of Independence

Nancy Laws | Posted 11.16.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Laws

Today I turn 27 and in 3 days, my mother celebrates her birthday. I am excited about being able to share another birthday with my mom, and it means so much more when we can celebrate our birthdays together.

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 11.06.2015 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

Whether it's due to pride, a desire to maintain their independence, or forgetfulness, if you have aging parents there are likely things they aren't telling you. And that can be both troubling and dangerous.

What Telemedicine Can Do For Your Aging Parents

Robert Mauterstock | Posted 10.23.2015 | Fifty
Robert Mauterstock

What do you do if you can't get your aging parent to a doctor's office because of his or her disability? What do you do if your parent needs to see a specialist who may be hundreds of miles away? A new area of medicine known as Telemedicine may be the answer to your problem.


Jane Marks | Posted 10.16.2015 | Fifty
Jane Marks

This morning, my mother shed tears and said she wanted to go back to her home. But in this place, where she now resides, wounds have healed; medicines are given properly and in a timely manner; equipment she needs is ready at hand; and the extra human hands we need are nearby as well.

10 Ways to Tell You Are a Member of the Sandwich Generation

Lisa Ancona-Roach | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Lisa Ancona-Roach

Dealing with the challenges of caring for people at opposing ends of the life spectrum may or may not be the situation you are in... yet. But if you have kids and parents in your life, you just may need some examples to help you recognize what that will look like.

My Mother's First Climax

Jenny Jedeikin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jenny Jedeikin

I look at my father now on the couch -- still hoping for me to reveal the mystery of women, wives like my mother and I who, as he once said to me, "leave their marriages because of sex." Who are we? I wonder.

Sometimes It Bites: The 6 Ways My Mother and Son Are Alike

Kari Wagner-Peck | Posted 09.22.2015 | Parents
Kari Wagner-Peck

Like an anthropologist who practices participant observation I have come to discover that 8-year-old boys and 84-year-old women are similar in ways that bug the crap out of me.

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.