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Elder Care

When to Ask for Help

Marian L. Knapp | Posted 07.23.2016 | Fifty
Marian L. Knapp

This article was originally published on the Voices of Aging Blog. I have a hard time asking for help. I see myself as an independent, competent pers...

In 43 States, More Seniors Die in Car Crashes Than Expected

Dayna Steele | Posted 07.12.2016 | Fifty
Dayna Steele

Did this title get your attention? It should. It is never easy to tell any loved one it is time to stop driving, but the numbers in a new Caring.com study show why it is crucial to have that conversation before it is too late.

The Inevitable Decline of the Nursing Home Industry

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.05.2016 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Older Americans are going to account for more than 20 percent of the U.S. population in a little over a decade. I see it as a great positive that the elder care industry is rapidly evolving to allow them to remain in their homes while helping to reduce government expenditures.

Seniors: Don't Take Away My Car Keys Yet!

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 06.29.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

Getting seniors to give up the keys to their car is no small task and, frankly, I am quite sympathetic to the seniors. After a lifetime of independenc...

Those On The Front Lines Of The Aging Mega-Trend

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.28.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Welcome to 21st century America -- where we have longer lives than ever before, and more hopes for healthy aging. We are, happily, the beneficiaries of breakthroughs that have given us life spans that not long ago would have been the stuff of science fiction. But we also face serious challenges.

Sometimes I Hate My Mother -- But I Care For Her Anyway

Laura Dixon | Posted 06.24.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

'I love my mother -- but sometimes I hate her, too.' Saying those words out loud -- or even to yourself in your head -- can be a painful acknowledgment that even late in life we can't always make our relationships with our parents work out the way we want them to.

New Training Programs For Home Care Providers Are Key To Helping LGBT Seniors Age In Place Securely And With Pride

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.23.2016 | Queer Voices
Marki Flannery

It's absolutely essential that home health care workers receive specialized training designed to ensure they are comfortable -- and knowledgeable -- about caring for LGBT patients, and familiar with the specific needs of this population.

My Life After Caregiving And The Long Goodbye

Dayna Steele | Posted 06.15.2016 | Impact
Dayna Steele

If you're a family caregiver, you already know how inconceivably tough it is. In my case, caring for my mother and surviving the three-year "long good...

Are the Elderly at Risk of the Zika Virus?

Laura Dixon | Posted 06.08.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

While most of the focus of the disease has been on how it's affecting pregnant women and infants, the elderly are also at risk, according to the CDC.

4 Ways Employers Can Help Working Caregivers

Dayna Steele | Posted 06.03.2016 | Business
Dayna Steele

Statistics show that most employers aren't so accommodating when it comes to the millions of working Americans who are providing care for an aging friend or relative.

Virtual Reality Lets Med Students Experience What It’s Like To Be 74

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 06.03.2016 | Good News

Elder care is about to become much more empathetic. Embodied Labs has come up with a new virtual reality program called “We Are Alfred,” which al...

How Adult Daycare Saved My Family

Derrick Y. McDaniel | Posted 05.23.2016 | Fifty
Derrick Y. McDaniel

Last week I received a letter from a young lady in North Carolina that I've never met, thanking me for advice that I didn't know I'd given her. The author, a teenage girl, felt she'd "lost" her mother to caring for her grandma who has dementia. I've retyped the letter below (with minor edits for clarity/brevity and intentionally omitted names for privacy).

Both My Parents Were Diagnosed With Alzheimer's On The Same Day

Jean Lee | Posted 05.17.2016 | Fifty
Jean Lee

Nine years ago both of my parents were diagnosed with Alzheimer's on the same day. My sister and I moved them out of the home in which they'd amassed heaps of everything that would not biodegrade throughout a 60-year marriage. I handled the bulk of the clean-out. Things were lost. Important things were lost.

Simplified Tablets Designed for Tech-Challenged Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.16.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, I'm interested in getting my 78-year-old mother a tablet for video calls and email but want to get one that's super simple to use. ...

Caregiver Shoes

Jean Lee | Posted 05.13.2016 | Fifty
Jean Lee

One slides into caregiving. It's not like sliding into home plate because the baseball player is clearly conscious of his immediate goal, giving his...

An Alternative Model of Senior Care

Laura Dixon | Posted 05.09.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

Four women are gathered around a table playing mah-jong. Most of them are over 85 years old, some are close to 100. Their age-spotted hands quickly to...

It's My Turn, Mom, to Mother You

Rose Stanley | Posted 05.06.2016 | Business
Rose Stanley

As we approach Mother's Day and my mom's years begin to wane, I realize there will come a day when she won't be with us. But, for now, I'm so grateful that she is here and that I have the flexibility I need to be with her as much as I can.

A Mother's Day Wish for Moms in Poverty

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

It isn't that poor moms and dads aren't willing to work -- it's that the economy offers them so few opportunities to prosper from hard work and that safety net programs are inadequate to supplement low wages or provide for those who cannot work.

Financial Crunch for the Sandwich Generation

David Rae | Posted 04.26.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

Does caring for aging parents have to dampen your financial future and leave you broke? Here's how good kind sons and daughters can be proactive in he...

Stunning Art Exhibit Sums Up Alzheimer's In 5 Days

Dayna Steele | Posted 04.19.2016 | Impact
Dayna Steele

A simple interactive art exhibit (and grade project) stunningly summed up Alzheimer's - a disease and experience many of us struggle to explain to oth...

Elder Care: Conversations of Care

Elizabeth Esrey | Posted 04.19.2016 | Parents
Elizabeth Esrey

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. 2015, roughly 40 million Americans provide unpaid elder care to a loved one. As loved ones age, their ne...

Why You Should Consider A Geriatrician For Your Elder Loves Ones

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 04.16.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

As specialists go, we have all heard of cardiologists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, but how many of us really consider or have even heard of geriatric specialists or geriatricians when we think about care for someone 60 and older?

5 Practical Tips to Keep Your Aging Parent Safe Behind the Wheel

Dayna Steele | Posted 04.15.2016 | Fifty
Dayna Steele

Several years ago, Mom started to get a little forgetful, began to repeat stories, would lose things. We all marked it off to "getting old" - until sh...

Dealing with aged relatives? Your situation is not as unprecedented as you might think

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 04.13.2016 | Parents
Carla Gardina Pestana

Billboards in Los Angles, and presumably elsewhere too, caution that we are living longer and therefore need to save more for retirement. This adverti...

Why Is Mom Falling? Interview With Author of Not as Prescribed

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 04.11.2016 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Are you or an older adult in your life suffering from misuse of drugs? It is an increasingly common problem says a new book by Harry Haroutunian, MD b...