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Elder Care

Poverty Is Pink

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 01.25.2017 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

Millions of Americans and supporters around the world joined in Women's Marches held on Saturday. We felt so much love, so much energy, so much cathar...

How Knowing When to Call in Professional Help is Key

Shannon Ullman | Posted 10.23.2016 | Crime
Shannon Ullman

Even though we would like to think we can, it's impossible to handle all of life's nuisances on our own. In fact, many of history's most successful pe...

Home Health Care vs. Non Medical In-Home Care

Max Gottlieb | Posted 10.18.2016 | Fifty
Max Gottlieb

They sound similar—but they provide very different services. Here’s an overview regarding the differences between the two: What is Home Health Car...

Taking Away Your Parents' Car Keys

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 10.05.2016 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

As a widow in her 70s, my mother terrorized several counties in southern Idaho with her erratic driving. She loved to drive fast, but often forgot about rules and regulations.

How Childfree Seniors Can Take The Future Into Their Own Hands

Laura Dixon | Posted 09.20.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

As age-related health issues make it tougher to get around and stay independent, most seniors at some point will rely on a family member for help. Usually, one or more adult children will step in to provide or arrange for care when that day comes.

Preparing To Become a Caregiver

Nathaniel Sillin | Posted 09.09.2016 | Business
Nathaniel Sillin

Becoming a caregiver for an aging relative is a profound expression of love. You may find that you will begin to take on many of the responsibilities ...

How To Care For Your Elder Parents

Ursula Nwobu | Posted 08.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Ursula Nwobu

Taking care of the elder ones in our midst doesn't have to be a chore. It could be another opportunity to share love and gain wisdom.

How to Find Financial Assistance for Elderly Parents

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.08.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Where can I go to locate financial assistance programs for seniors? I have been helping support my 70-year-old mother the past coup...

What's the Forecast For Care?

Riane Eisler | Posted 08.02.2016 | Politics
Riane Eisler

Now that the conventions are over and party platforms drawn up, we can look at what's in store for those giving and receiving care. Whether paid or not, care is a big part of our economy and shapes all our lives.

Long Term Care: 6 Faux Pas To Avoid Paying Too Much

David Rae | Posted 08.01.2016 | Queer Voices
David Rae

The topic of Long Term Care is complicated and a not particularly fun one to think about. But guess what? Ignoring it will not make it go away and putting it off will only cost you more in the long run.

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 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 08.23.2016 | 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...