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Caring for Parents

Caregivers Reveal What It's Really Like To Look After A Sick Parent

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Adams and Yagana Shah | Posted 01.06.2015 | Fifty

This is the second installment of a three-part series entitled Unsung Heroes: The Face Of American Caregiving. In honor of National Family Caregivers ...

Gratitude for People Who 'Get It'

Meg Seitz | Posted 12.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Meg Seitz

I don't know if "getting it" is as much a part of any religious faith or doctrine as it is just about being an awesomely aware human. There's no book out there that says to drop off a casserole 24 hours after a lumpectomy and then follow up three days later with People magazine.

The Little-Known Aging Illness That Needs More Awareness

Candy Schulman | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty
Candy Schulman

When the legendary radio personality Casey Kasem died, his obituary said he'd suffered from Lewy Body disease. 'Lewy-what?' most people wondered. But I knew first-hand, watching my mother decline from this little-known, but most common, type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer's.

When the Same-Sex Couple in the Family Are the Kids, Not the Parents

Rob Watson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

My partner Jim and I are in the process of adopting my 86- and 88-year-old parents. In our family, while being parents to my sons, we are also "the kids."

Recognizing When Your Elderly Parent Has Dementia

John Shore | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
John Shore

Once all the emotional baggage has been cleared out of the way, you're free to worry about the only thing you really have to worry about, which are the practical aspects of physically protecting your mother from herself.

6 Tips For Navigating The Caregiving Frontier

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 04.11.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

Imagine a GPS that guides you easily along a road for hundreds of miles, then suddenly the voice command blurts out, 'Turn left...No turn right! Make a U-turn. Stop! Go!' You'd feel pretty frazzled, right? Well, that's what caregiving is often like.

Will Our Next Leader Be The 'Alzheimer's President?'

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 10.02.2012 | Fifty

While many voters are focused on the economy, national security, education or Social Security in this presidential election year, Alzheimer's research...

Sandwiched

Annabelle Gurwitch | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics
Annabelle Gurwitch

When I hear reporters asking delegates if they think people are energized to re-elect President Obama, I have to think that many of his once fervent supporters, like me, are just a little... tired, that's all. But we will have to find a way to rally.

How Does Becoming a Parent and Caring for Family Affect My Taxes?

Women & Co | Posted 06.04.2012 | Money
Women & Co

If you're a sandwich-generation taxpayer -- meaning you're responsible for caring for your parents while managing your own household and children -- you may be able to claim the $3,700 dependent exemption in 2011 for supporting your qualifying relatives, including your parents and grown children.

Learning to Love My Mother, Even As She Became My Child

Padma Atluri | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Padma Atluri

After the stroke, my mother no longer remembered all the good times we'd shared. Even though my name was the first she uttered aloud, it quickly lost meaning when she proceeded to call everyone else Padma as well.

15 Ways To Stay Sane While Caring For An Elderly Parent

John Shore | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Shore

One of the most emotionally complex and difficult things a person can experience is taking care of an elderly parent.