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Leal Portis and the Changing Face of Volunteerism

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 11.29.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Unless you live in Northern California's Nevada County, you probably have never heard of Leal Portis. An extraordinary woman by any measure, her long ...

Bittersweet Video Offers Intimate Peek Into The Lives Of The Elderly

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.02.2015 | Fifty

Junk Mail from Voyager on Vimeo. When we think of old age, we might imagine spending our golden years enjoying retirement with our loving part...

America's Health Literacy Conundrum: A Key to Improving the Nation's Health

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 10.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

A 75-year-old woman with congestive heart failure fails to weigh herself daily and ends up in the hospital when her symptoms suddenly worsen. A 60-yea...

The Unfinished Business of Women and Work

Aspen Institute | Posted 10.19.2015 | Women
Aspen Institute

A recently released major study on women in the workplace shows that the gender gap continues to persist in corporate America, and for some heretofore unexplored reasons. Some of those nuances -- and many other gender issues -- were explored during a comprehensive discussion titled Women and Work at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival.

Effective Health Care: A Working Model May Be Closer Than You Think

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

This kind of continuity of care in turn helps medical teams proactively manage at-risk patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. Used consistently, such personalized care innovations can keep an emerging symptom from becoming a serious or potentially life-threatening situation.

N4A Report: Revering the Elderly and Their 'Pot of Gold'

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 08.28.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

From volunteering and mentoring to giving back to the community, America's senior citizens are truly valuable resources worthy of support and appreciation. Kudos to n4a for its impressive documentation of this overlooked truth.

To the Caring Side of Health Care

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 08.10.2015 | Healthy Living
J.J. Colagrande

I've been spending a lot of time in hospitals and nursing homes. I can't walk through the facility without slowing down and looking an elderly perso...

Mobile Safety Products That Can Help Seniors on the Go

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.10.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are actually a number of medical alert products on the market today that give seniors the flexibility to call for help both inside and outside the home.

Senator Susan Collins and Elder Care Concern: What It Means to Be From Maine

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 08.03.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

CareLinx wholeheartedly endorses and supports Senator Collins' initiative. We witness first-hand every day the tremendous toll caregiving has on families, both financially and emotionally. And the challenge is going to worsen, as baby boomers begin to age and the pool of family caregivers starts to shrink.

AARP: Family Caregiving Surpasses Medicaid Spending By $21 Billion

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.21.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Anyone questioning the need to address America's mounting caregiver crisis need only look at AARP's most recently released study to understand its severity and magnitude.

A Look Into The 2015 White House Conference On Aging

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.20.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Discussing everything from retirement security and healthy aging to long-term services and elder justice, the conference also gave due consideration to caregiving issues and the importance of establishing support systems for the nation's 50 million professional caregivers.

Dementia 101: Therapy Can Help

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

Choosing to participate in psychotherapy can be a difficult decision. It's easy to make a list of excuses to put it off -- it costs too much, I don't ...

America's Mounting Caregiver Crisis

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.14.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

As the Baby Boomers continue to swell the ranks of our senior population, elder care concerns will impact more and more families. It's a global trend in dire need of solutions. While we are beginning to see positive steps, we still have a long way to go.

Keeping Senior Citizens Connected

XPRIZE | Posted 07.01.2015 | Technology

By the year 2050, more than 20 percent of the world's population will be over the age of 65, and a considerable number of these senior citizens will go it alone.

The Wheelchair Executive: How I Embraced my Trauma and Plan to Change Home Care

Ron Gold | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Ron Gold

By all accounts, she killed me, but I refused to die. There would be times though, when I wished I had. Three and a half years later, I still can't get out of bed and begin my day without help. I am a paraplegic and will never walk again.

Home Improvement Assistance Programs for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are actually a number of programs available that can help seniors with home repairs and improvement projects for aging-in-place, but what's available will depend on the person in question's financial situation and where he lives. Here are some different options to explore.

Caring About The Caretakers Of Our Parents, Ourselves

Patricia S. Guthrie | Posted 05.15.2015 | Fifty
Patricia S. Guthrie

Currently, three million professional caregivers work in the home care field and an estimated 1.8 million more will be needed in the next decade. Trouble is, you can make more money walking your neighbor's dog than you can caring for your neighbor's father.

Bettyville: A Writer Returns Home to Care for His Ailing Mother

Mindy Trotta | Posted 06.30.2015 | Books
Mindy Trotta

Whether you grew up in New York City or Iowa, you cannot help but see commonalities in this mother-son relationship. At its core, Bettyville is about elder care, but it is just as much about family and all the infuriating, frustrating, and wonderful warmth that goes with it.

How to Talk to Your Elderly Parent About the Dangers of Falling

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.26.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

A simple fall can cause a serious hip fracture, broken bone or head injury, which can lead to hospital stays, disability, loss of independence and even death. But even falls without a major injury can cause seniors to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.

How to Keep Up With Your Medications

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.20.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Anybody who juggles multiple medications can relate to the problem of forgetting to take a medication, or not remembering whether they already took it. This is especially true for people who take medications at varying times of the day.

The Shameful Way Our Broken Health Care System Treats The Elderly

Laurie Levy | Posted 05.16.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

A 91-year-old woman calls her doctor complaining that she feels dizzy. No, that's not the beginning of a joke. It's what actually happened to my mother last week when she woke up feeling 'a little sick.' And here's the punch line. She ends up at the ER and in the hospital overnight.

There's No Place Like Home: Caring for Our Ill, Disabled and Dying Loved Ones

BJ Gallagher | Posted 04.15.2015 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

I often wonder about the millions of people who don't have any money -- those who don't have decades of savings to draw on for end-of-life care. What happens to them?

Art Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day, along with a group of nearly 50 other people, I have the privilege of making seed grants to up and coming social change leaders around the world. The Pollination Project helps this community of daily givers identify new grantees. Here are the extraordinary people and projects that we supported this past week.

Current SSI Levels Leave Low-Income Seniors Out in the Cold

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

Most people have an idea of practical ways to keeps seniors safe this winter: space heaters, rubber-soled boots, or clearing your elderly neighbor's icy sidewalks. But the big-picture safety issues unfortunately cannot be solved with a shovel and some salt.


Richard Abrons | Posted 02.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard Abrons

And now I walk with a cane. At first reluctant to display such an obvious accoutrement of old age, I have come to enjoy my persona. With each thump I feel the gravitas of Peter Stuyvesant, an old familiar figure thumping through the streets of the Big Apple. Still observing, still discerning, not to be trifled with. I wave my cane. Out of my way, whipper-snappers. Yes, doctors take up more and more of my time. Bring 'em on!