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Ann Brenoff

The Disturbing Reality Of My Husband's Stay In A Nursing Home

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.13.2016 | Fifty

For the past few weeks, my husband has been in a nursing home. After a recent hospital admission, we were advised that discharging him to this place ...

The One Thing Trump Can't Possibly Make Any Worse For Those Over 50

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.07.2016 | Fifty

While most mid-lifers’ hands have been wringing about what menacing changes President-elect Donald Trump has in store for Medicare, Social Security,...

My Nose Knows An Anti-Semite When It Smells One

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.30.2016 | Fifty

I have been a journalist since 1973. I spent the bulk of my career at the Los Angeles Times before coming to The Huffington Post in 2011. Before The T...

Why There's No Better Time Than Now For An Attitude Of Gratitude

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.28.2016 | Fifty

As much as I’d love to vote 2016 off my island, the Year From Hell still has about six weeks during which we undoubtedly will ask “Can this get an...

Here Are The Three Reasons Why Medicare Is Doomed

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.18.2016 | Fifty

Whatever happened to “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?” Despite support for Medicare ― the nation’s health-care safety net for its senior ...

Please, Family Caregivers Do NOT Need Coloring Books

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.10.2016 | Fifty

A publicist, attempting to link her client to National Family Caregivers Month, just sent me a pitch asking that I write about how an adult coloring b...

Not All Caregivers' Stories Are The Same, But Their Pain Is

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.03.2016 | Fifty

I had a great conversation the other day with a woman who takes care of her 90-year-old mother. Her mom continues to live independently, which is a ni...

A Caregiver's Reality: It's Always Something

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.27.2016 | Fifty

Since late spring, my husband has been a kidney dialysis patient ― first in the hospital where he spent a month, and since then as an out-patient wh...

4 Ways Retirees Can Be As 'Smart' With Their Money As Donald Trump

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.10.2016 | Fifty

We know that no one can be as smart as Donald Trump. The Teflon candidate ― whose favorite slogan after “Make America great again” is “I love ...

Making End-Of-Life Care Decisions Is About As Real As It Gets

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.06.2016 | Fifty

My husband fell seriously ill last May and after a month in the hospital was discharged home to my care. Nothing ― nothing ― has been the same sin...

This Is The Scariest Thing About Health Care In America Today

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.29.2016 | Fifty

I got an email from my husband’s nephrologist the other day that said: “I honestly do not think he will recover.” Before you gasp in horror and ...

Why Medicare For Pets Should Be A Thing

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.23.2016 | Fifty

You don’t need to convince Samantha Bonar of Los Angeles about the value of health insurance for her two dogs. Kaya, her Pitbull rescue, recently ha...

The College Application Advice I Wish Someone Had Given Me

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.11.2016 | Fifty

So your high school senior is in the throes of preparing his college applications. He’s retaking the SATs for the umpteenth time, hoping to squeeze ...

This Is The Stupidest Thing In Medical Care Ever

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.15.2016 | Fifty

A hospital stay ― or even just an emergency room visit ― is stressful in and of itself. But as patients and their families quickly learn, the actu...

This May Be The #1 Reason Your Kids Binge-Drink At College

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.08.2016 | Fifty

Ask almost any new college parent what worries them most about depositing their kid in the freshmen dorm and driving away, and the answer will likely ...

This Is What's Wrong With The World

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.06.2016 | Fifty

If integrity is doing the right thing when nobody is watching, I’d like to have a word with the people who thought it would be hilarious to knock ov...

No One Gives A Rat's Ass About Family Caregivers

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 09.01.2016 | Fifty

Earlier this summer, I joined the ranks of the nation’s 34 million family caregivers. I became the primary caregiver to my husband, a role I was nei...

Proof That The Great Recession Has Yet To Release Its Grip

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.26.2016 | Fifty

Buried deep in a speech that President Obama delivered at the height of the Great Recession was a line that has remained etched in my psyche. When Oba...

This Is The Thing That Caregivers Fear Most

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.25.2016 | Fifty

When someone you love falls seriously ill, your first instinct is to immerse yourself in their healing. You do your best. You take every step with the...

Why Caregiving 2.0 Is Such A Hard Lesson For This Wife To Swallow

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.18.2016 | Fifty

When the phone rang on Saturday morning at 6, I knew it couldn’t be good news. Good news never arrives that early. It was the center where my husban...

Why You Should Be Able To Take Off Work When Your Pet Dies

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.11.2016 | Fifty

I’m ready to split the world into two groups: those who understand the need to take the day off from work when your pet dies and those who simply do...

When Caregivers Are Honest, It Makes Folks VERY Uncomfortable

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.09.2016 | Fifty

A weakened version of the man I married was discharged a few weeks ago after a month in the hospital. My husband now gets dialysis a couple of times a...

Can This Please Be Over Soon? Election Stress Is Real.

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.02.2016 | Fifty

I spent the weekend in a post-conventions stupor, nursing a political hangover caused by the endless hours I’ve spent glued to the screen listening ...

We Fiddle While California Burns

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.28.2016 | Fifty

I live in a rural part of the Santa Monica Mountains called Topanga Canyon. It’s a community of artists, musicians, writers and still home to a good...

What We Didn't Hear In Trump's Acceptance Speech

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 07.22.2016 | Fifty

At 75 minutes long, Donald Trump’s acceptance speech to be the GOP’s presidential nominee, broke records for length ― and we suspect volume. But...