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How Caregivers Can Get Help When They've Reached the End of Their Rope

Marie Marley | Posted 07.21.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Carolyn is an 85-year-old retired school teacher living independently in Houston, Texas. She is beginning to need assistance managing her affairs and ...

Stroke Heroes 2016

American Heart Association - Western States | Posted 07.19.2016 | Healthy Living
American Heart Association - Western States

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Puget Sound Division, along with our sponsor Medtronic, congratulates the honorees for th...

5 Strategies For Staying Healthy When Caring For Your Parent

Sharon Kurtzman | Posted 07.09.2016 | Fifty
Sharon Kurtzman

July is my father's birthday month and I've recently returned from my latest trip to visit him in Florida. Over the past year he's faced a string of health challenges and though we live 700 miles apart, I manage to be his medical advocate and go-to girl.

When Your Loved One With Alzheimer's No Longer Recognizes You

Marie Marley | Posted 07.02.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Most individuals who have a loved one with Alzheimer's dread the day when their loved one may no longer recognize them. Care partners may think that would be the most tragic situation possible. They consider it the disastrous end of their relationship.

How She Does It

Kevin Hines | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Kevin Hines

How She Does It I don't know how she does it. There are so many times when I am irritable, moody, and just plain all over the place. I swing up, an...

Alzheimer's Caregivers - Let Your Loved One Be Right

Marie Marley | Posted 06.17.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Over the course of time many people with Alzheimer's will say things that are nonsense and things that are simply not true. It's often tempting to cor...

Taking Care Of Our Cancer Caregivers

Barbara Jacoby | Posted 06.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Barbara Jacoby

Every person who has ever received a cancer diagnosis knows the value of having a medical team that is well trained to handle the medical aspects of t...

The Face of Alzheimer's: A Portrait of Ruth

Marie Marley | Posted 06.12.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I volunteer to visit some ladies with Alzheimer's at a local memory care facility here in Kansas City. And I receive so much more than I give. I realize I shouldn't have a favorite but I do. Ruth is my favorite.

Career Woman to Caregiver

Shanna B. Van Ness | Posted 06.09.2016 | Women
Shanna B. Van Ness

As I sat at my desk October 23rd, 2015 I began to devise a plan to off-board my managerial position at a large public serving institution I realized t...

Why I Believe Everyone Should Learn Mindfulness and Meditation to Save Lives and Save the World

Andrea Pennington, M.D. | Posted 06.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Andrea Pennington, M.D.

This is a long overdue update on my Mom + background info on my passion for teaching meditation. Enjoy! Over the last year I have opened up about the...

Alzheimer's Caregivers: When Your Loved One Needs Hospice Care

Marie Marley | Posted 05.21.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The need to involve hospice can be extremely difficult and even depressing. It's common to dwell on dark thoughts of impending death. Some families delay ordering hospice care because it would force them to acknowledge that the end is near and they just can't deal with that.

In Sickness and in Health: Practical Tools That Take Care of the Caretaker

Linda Noble Topf | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Linda Noble Topf

As partners, when we discover and commit to who we truly are, our lives take on new meaning as love and joy are our natural states.

25 Tips for Surviving as an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 05.13.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The Alzheimer's Association estimates that there are more than 15 million people serving as caregivers to people with Alzheimer's. The Family Caregiver Alliance states that caregivers are at increased risk for declines in physical and mental health. Furthermore, the Alliance states that women experience worse health effects than men.

A Call to Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In New York City, over 150,000 children under five are poor. Last year, nearly 20,000 of these children slept in homeless shelters - enough to fill Madison Square Garden. From the moment they're born, children in poverty face an uphill struggle to survive, thrive and learn with so many odds stacked against them.

How I Want to Be Treated if I Get Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 05.06.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Oftentimes it's difficult to know the best way to interact and communicate with a person who has Alzheimer's. And so I'm going to let people know in a...

Caring for the Caregiver

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 05.04.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

With Mother's Day approaching and May being Older Americans month, I started thinking about caregivers at the beginning and at the end of life, for those young and old.

People With Alzheimer's May Still Be "There"

Marie Marley | Posted 04.30.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

People with Alzheimer's -- especially those in the later stages of the disease -- may stop talking or making other clear attempts to communicate. We think they don't understand what people are saying to them or about them. My experience shows that's not always the case.

7 Ways To Tell If Mom Or Dad Is Starting To Need Help

Derrick Y. McDaniel | Posted 04.25.2016 | Fifty
Derrick Y. McDaniel

Today everyone is "over-scheduled". This is especially true when you have young kids, older parents or both-which is the situation for almost 50% of ...

The Benefits of Stuffed Animals and Doll Babies for People Who Have Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.23.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Stuffed animals and baby dolls can be therapeutic for people who have Alzheimer's, as shown by both anecdotal evidence and research studies. However, some people say this is demeaning and beneath the dignity of the person.

Alzheimer's - The Power of Touch

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 04.14.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

I have read that physical touch is one of five ways people communicate and receive emotional love. It is also stated just reaching out and taking some...

Caregivers: The Problem With Being Strong

Adria Firestone | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Adria Firestone

That is who I am, a lifeline, a caregiver. That's not love, that is need; a very unfulfilling one-way street. The past five months have seen surgery after surgery and the care and feeding of a very grumpy man who growls about everything.

Did You Feed the Dog?

Beverly Booher | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Beverly Booher

"I fed the dog, mom", I bantered, as I paced passed her into my office. Within a moment, I heard her bellow from her cushiony throne, "Did you feed the dog?" "Yes, mom, the dog's been fed!!"

Sex and Seniors - STDs A New Reality For The Elderly

Derrick Y. McDaniel | Posted 04.06.2016 | Fifty
Derrick Y. McDaniel

Sex, sex and more sex. Lately it seems wherever I go (speaking event, supermarket, funeral etc.) I get asked questions about seniors having sex. In ...

#TalkToMe: Grandmother and Granddaughter Share Memories -- And an Extra Foot Bone

Lou-Ellen Barkan | Posted 04.05.2016 | Fifty
Lou-Ellen Barkan

In the context of a long and full life, the best reward is spending time with my grandchildren. And it's not just freedom from responsibilities of diaper changes and homework and boyfriend trouble; it's the joy of sharing exactly these same things, knowing that the wisdom of a lifetime is valued.

10 Things I Have Learned From People Who Have Alzheimer's

Marie Marley | Posted 04.04.2016 | Fifty
Marie Marley

I was a caregiver for my beloved Romanian life partner, Ed, for seven years. Furthermore, I currently volunteer to make weekly visits to three women w...