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How to Keep Tabs On an Elderly Parent With Video Monitoring

Jim T. Miller | Posted 01.11.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are lots of great video monitoring cameras that can help families keep a watchful eye on an elderly parent from afar, but make sure it's OK with your mom first. Many seniors find this type of "I'm watching you" technology to be an invasion of privacy, while others don't mind and even welcome the idea. With that said, here are some top monitoring devices for keeping tabs on your mom.

5 Resolutions Family Caregivers Must Make -- And Keep

Laura Dixon | Posted 01.07.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

New Year's resolutions get a bad rap, and that's understandable, considering the high rate of failure. As a caregiver for a senior loved one, you may be tempted to forgo the resolutions this year. After all, why add more to your already substantial to-do list? But this isn't such a good idea.

Proximity Is the New Normal for American Families

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 01.06.2016 | Women
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

Any expectation of perfection must be traded for mutual benefits. From time to time, both the older and the younger families will need to sacrifice their own priorities for the sake of aiding their relatives.

When Winter Becomes Solitary Confinement

Eric J. Hall | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

The short days and long cold nights of winter can have a negative effect on people who already feel lonely and isolated.

Why This Boomer Is Creating An Aging-Alone Plan

Carol Marak | Posted 01.04.2016 | Fifty
Carol Marak

Like most over 60 years of age, I haven't planned well when it comes to how to care for myself in the elderly years. The matters that need attention in retirement include healthcare challenges, Social Security, and what would happen if I outlived my money.

What Is Alzheimer's Like?

David A. Pride | Posted 12.30.2015 | Healthy Living
David A. Pride

So, what is Alzheimer's like? It's a like a gargantuan mirror to life reminding us that something could be lurking in our future that would make us really regret not stopping the car, stealing the flowers, and laughing all the way back home. It's not fair, it's not prejudice, it is angering, heartbreaking, and final.

Combatting Late-Life Depression, System-Wide and One Loved One at a Time

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 12.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

Recognizing that isolation, depression, and anxiety -- if unaddressed -- create a downward spiral of health that exacts a financial and human toll, we must continue to create services for the homebound elderly that address their mental as well as physical needs.

Legal Issues for Concerned Family and Friends of a Possibly Incapacitated Individual

Brad Reid | Posted 12.22.2015 | Business
Brad Reid

Sometimes holiday gatherings become a time for family decision making. What should or shall we do about the circumstances of an elderly relative or se...

Helping an Aging Parent With Their Finances

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.21.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Millions of adult children today serve as financial helpers to their elderly or ill parents or other loved ones. They provide services like paying bills, handling deposits and investments, filing insurance claims, preparing taxes and more. Here are some tips and resources that can help you help them.

Working Parents Get Big Boost From New York City

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 12.18.2015 | Business

You can no longer get fired in New York City for needing to take your child to the doctor.  The New York City Council passed legislation on Wedn...

The Limits of Technology to Improve the Lives of America's Elderly

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 12.14.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

One of the hottest areas of tech is developing products aimed at America's elderly. Understanding the attraction of this market is a no-brainer: In j...

Richard Eisenberg's Insights on Caregiving and the Presidential Election

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 12.08.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

As best I can tell, only Hillary Clinton has advanced a proposal to deal with the crushing financial burden that caregiving has on families. Clinton's proposal has received scant media attention, which perhaps explains why none of the other presidential candidates have felt compelled to weigh in on the issue.

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.