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Aging Parents

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...

10 Things I Learned From Caring For My Mother During The Final Days Of Her Life

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

As my mom lie naked from the waist down, I lifted up her legs like a toddler, while my sister slid a pad under her hips. I got a diaper out of the package left by the hospice nurse, and placed it on my mom. Never having children, this was foreign to me.

There's a Wall Up in his Studio Apartment, And it's Me

Alisa Schindler | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
Alisa Schindler

The point of my visit is to give him a sense of family, to help him connect and feel less alone, yet from the moment I walk in, I'm guarded. Pleasant, but not warm. Interested, but not caring.

The Day I Felt Sorry for My Parents' GPS System

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Joe stayed home with the kids, which included taking Peter, our 9-year-old, to a schoolmate's birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. I thought I was getting the better end of the deal until I had to fend for myself during the hour-long drive with Mom and Dad.

What It's Like To Be A Caregiver On The Front Lines

Alisa Schindler | Posted 12.17.2014 | Fifty
Alisa Schindler

He's waiting for my call. I can see him, crouched over on his bed, trying to rouse himself out of his stupor; hoping a call from me will do the trick, maybe give him some reason to wake up. I don't want to call.

What We Can Learn From Taiwan About Aging

Robyn Stone | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

Imagine how exciting it would be to design a whole new system of care for older adults -- entirely from scratch. You'd be working with a clean slate, unencumbered by the temptation to retain old ways of operating, simply because 'we've always done it this way.'

Joan Lunden On 3 Great Ways For Grandkids To Stay Connected With Grandparents

Joan Lunden | Posted 11.19.2014 | Fifty
Joan Lunden

While I am a huge fan of using different digital tools to stay connected with others, I also think that nothing can replace the impact of spending some face time with loved ones. These moments are important in building relationships between grandparents and their grandchildren, but can also be useful in helping families keep an eye on an aging loved one's health.

How My Mother And I Are Handling Her Alzheimer's Diagnosis

Mardra Sikora | Posted 11.13.2014 | Fifty
Mardra Sikora

My mother is a character from a Tennessee Williams play... but without a Southern accent. I am her second child and was born when she was 16 years old. Her childhood was cut short and never spoken of in a way that imparted a sense of safety or innocence. Each man she ran away with she hoped would rescue her from the last. She gave up every child she bore to some degree.

Why Caring For My Aging Father Has Turned Into An 'Epic Nightmare'

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 11.11.2014 | Fifty
Elizabeth Flora Ross

Dad had a fall. The resulting injuries are horrific. The top of his femur smashed through his pelvis, shattering it. Picture a plate dropped onto a tile floor. That is my dad's pelvis. I've seen the images from the CAT scan, and they made me sick to my stomach. Doctors can do nothing to fix it.

Don't Wait to Have This Conversation With Your Parents

Betterment.com | Posted 10.22.2014 | Money
Betterment.com

Just at the point where you finally feel your own mid-life finances are under control (401k, Roth IRA, emergency fund, 529 savings account -- check!), it's time to start getting involved with your aging parents' finances, or so it seems.

Yagana Shah

This Is Why Every Couple Should Want At Least One Daughter

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty

Parents, be good to your daughters. Though some polls indicate sons are more sought after than daughters among parents, especially in certain cultures...