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10 Best Cities For Tech-Assisted Aging In Place

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 08.21.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Technology-assisted living is not only becoming more widespread, but is particularly appealing given that the vast majority of aging adults prefer to stay in their current home as long as they can.

Remembering Helen Holt: A Champion For the Elderly

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.30.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

While many might consider Medicare the biggest milestone impacting America's elderly population, one could argue that the championing of elder care began with Helen F. Holt (1913-2015), former secretary of state in West Virginia, who passed away earlier this month.

3 Power Moves to Keep Your Parents Out of the Hospital

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

You don't want to start your caregiver journey in a hospital. This is sort of like taking your first tennis lesson at Wimbledon. Unfortunately, though, this is often where it starts -- you begin in a lovely state of denial about your parent's frailty.

A Letter to My Fellow Caregivers

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 05.18.2015 | Fifty
Liz O'Donnell

It's normal to look at other middle-aged daughters who accompany their parents to the doctor's office and wonder how they could let themselves go. It's normal to look in the bathroom mirror and realize you have let yourself go.

Eldercare Under a Mountain of Magazines

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 05.30.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

If any of my midlife friends are caring for aging parents, I advise them to monitor any spending on subscriptions.f

When Your Parents Were Lovers

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 05.20.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

The grainy, black-and-white photographs from 1946 fluttered to the floor, free from decades of bondage among hundreds of photos in my mother's leather albums. I picked up the images and stared at my parents and strained to imagine the young couple in love.

Stanford Program Helps Vietnamese RN Realize His Eldercare Calling

Andrew Lam | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Andrew Lam

In 2012, Mai attended a Palliative Care Education and Training program for improving end-of-life care, held at Stanford University School of Medicine. His participation turned out to have a big effect on the Vietnamese community in San Jose.

6 Silly Thanksgiving Memories of Mom

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.28.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My mother died on November 1, so this is our first Thanksgiving without her. To make the occasion less painful, I've decided to think of funny things she used to do before dementia took her away.

Serendipity Breeze

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My mother died in her bed on a quiet autumn morning as Tennessee Ernie Ford promised there would be peace in the valley. Outside her window, a sudden wind tossed the tree limbs, and the leaves floated to the ground.

Why We Should Remember To Treat Every Day Like A Special Occasion

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.09.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

In 1969, my father traveled to Japan on a business trip and brought back an elegant silk robe as a gift for my mother. They had been high school sweethearts. He was the gregarious student body president and she was the timid valedictorian. He wasn't one for giving gifts and she wasn't comfortable accepting them.

My Mother's Body Got Lost

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 01.02.2015 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

Today I called the funeral home in Wendell and they hadn't received the body. How do you lose a casket? I thought I had completed all the necessary arrangements, but I wasn't familiar with the procedures for this dilemma.

"I Love My Mother. But If She Passed Away Today I Would Be Thankful"

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

I love my mother. But if she passed away today I would be thankful. That doesn't make me a heartless, horrible daughter; I only want her to be free from earthly constraints and permanent disability.

Why I Don't Want To Die At 75

Joan Gage | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

Ezekiel Emanuel is a very distinguished scientist... Needless to say, his 5,000-word piece evoked a lot of debate, although everyone agreed he makes some important and startling points. They are his reasons for saying that he hopes to die at 75 and that, after he turns 65, he plans to discontinue all his health care -- no flu shots, colonoscopies, surgery, pacemakers.

Steps and Missteps

Stacey Gordon | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

They may fall, but when they do, our job is to offer them a hand up, and that hand should not be attached to conditions or control.

3 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Parents' Care

Robyn Stone | Posted 12.16.2013 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

It's no surprise that most older adults, when given the choice, say they would prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. But what if those older adults develop physical and cognitive challenges? Who helps them fulfill their preference to age in place?

Mom's Mind May Be Gone, But Her Heart Still Wants What Her Heart Wants

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

Hanging in her bathroom was a navy blue vinyl windbreaker, size 2XL, which Mom had "borrowed" from my stepdad years ago. Every morning and every afternoon the two of them would walk around the block, holding hands to steady themselves, wearing their identical navy windbreakers.

A Communal Alternative To Eldercare

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 02.28.2013 | Fifty

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. -- At the Fellowship Community's adult home, workers are paid not according to what they do, but what they need; aging residents ...

How Elder Care Will Change By 2050

Posted 02.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Today, for every person aged 65 and over, there are five people under 65 to take care of them. In 2050 there will be three people under 65 for every e...

Considering Caregiving

Stacey Gordon | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

When Grandma Mollie finally decided to get home-care, she found a caregiver in her community to assist her with certain tasks. In a few weeks, she fired the caregiver, after accusing her of misplacing and then stealing her eyeglasses. She found someone new.

Elder Care: Navigating the Road to Sandy Recovery

Ilaina Edison | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Ilaina Edison

When someone suffers through trauma like Sandy, talking about it furthers the process of understanding and healing and creates the connections and support systems necessary to shoulder the burden. This is especially vital for the elderly and homebound.

Death Wish: Dealing With a Negative, High-Maintenance, Aging Parent

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Watching a parent become weaker, sicker or more enfeebled is stressful, of course, but most adult children can bear that. It's when that parent becomes vicious, hostile and resistant to help that stress crosses over into distress.

ReThink Review: Robot & Frank - High-Tech Golden Years

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.23.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Despite its sci-fi premise, Robot & Frank is a wonderfully intimate, human, insightful, and surprisingly funny film.

Caring For An Elderly Parent: Stress And Reward

Dr. Bruce Margolis | Posted 09.25.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce Margolis

This past March marked 29 years that my mother-in-law has lived with my wife and me. That's correct. I have lived with my mother-in-law for almost three decades! I have been called both crazy and a saint.

Obama vs. Romney: Strategies to Capture Critical Boomers in Battleground States

Brent Green | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Brent Green

America today is politically divided among all age segments. However, older voters have some problems of unique concern, informed by generation and current life circumstances, thus inviting attention when campaigns target advertising.

Spousal Refusal: I Take Thee In Sickness And In Health, Except...

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 07.12.2012 | Fifty
Ann Margaret Carrozza

The reality of spousal refusal is very different from the politically motivated sound bites decrying multi-millionaires on Medicaid. If, for example, my husband has a stroke and we apply for Medicaid for him, I may decide to declare spousal refusal in order to protect my nest egg of $300,000.