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Caregiving: The Reluctant Invasion

Jean Lee | Posted 10.06.2016 | Fifty
Jean Lee

My parents married on a five-day furlough during WWII. Mom and Dad remained passionate about their relationship until their last breaths 60 years later. They communicated well. When disagreements arose, they agreed to disagree.

How Expanded Roles For Home Health Aides Can Improve The Health Of Older Americans

Marki Flannery | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Millions of older Americans have a home health aide (HHA) come into their home on a daily basis to assist with essential activities such as bathing, d...

When Alzheimer's Turns Violent

Dayna Steele | Posted 08.08.2016 | Fifty
Dayna Steele

When I love my mom to Alzheimer's disease, one of the things I vowed was that I wouldn't wait to fulfill my 'bucket list' items. At the moment, I'm spending the summer with my family in New York City, where we're seeing as many Broadway shows as we can.

When Dementia ISN'T Alzheimer's

Lori Duff | Posted 08.04.2016 | Fifty
Lori Duff

Last year, at this time, I was contemplating how I was going to move on with my life with just my mom and me. My husband, Rod, had become someone I did not know. I assigned so many reasons to this and none made a lot of sense, but it is what it is, I said to myself. People change.

How To Survive The Communication Minefield Related To Eldercare

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 07.19.2016 | Fifty
Lindsay Pyfer

For years, I saved articles on how to determine whether an elderly person needs more help or a change of living situation. But when the time came to intervene with my own mother -- widowed and living alone -- I was utterly unprepared for the emotions that flared and the strain it put on our relationship.

The Family Caregiver Bill Of Rights

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 06.27.2016 | Fifty
Liz O'Donnell

Caregiver, nowhere it is it written that your life, your health, your dreams and goals, come last. But so many caregivers feel this way. We feel selfish putting our needs first, or even having needs at all, when we are caring for a sick or aging family member.

Alzheimer's - The Power of Touch

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 04.14.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

I have read that physical touch is one of five ways people communicate and receive emotional love. It is also stated just reaching out and taking some...

Sex and Seniors - STDs A New Reality For The Elderly

Derrick Y. McDaniel | Posted 04.06.2016 | Fifty
Derrick Y. McDaniel

Sex, sex and more sex. Lately it seems wherever I go (speaking event, supermarket, funeral etc.) I get asked questions about seniors having sex. In ...

Is A Life With Alzheimer's A Life Worth Living?

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 04.07.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

As my month-long visit comes to an end, my trips each day to see my mom get harder and harder. I can feel my emotions surfacing, taking over as if I were riding a roller coaster. I awake each morning feeling like I could cry. I feel the pain of leaving her.

You Know You're a Working Daughter If...

Liz O'Donnell | Posted 03.17.2016 | Women
Liz O'Donnell

Are you balancing caring for an aging parent with your career and maybe even your own kids? You might be a working daughter if...

3 Ways To Mitigate The Cost Of Long Term Care

Max Gottlieb | Posted 03.12.2016 | Fifty
Max Gottlieb

Family members who become caregivers are thrust into the role of caregiver regardless of whether or not they're ready. The Congressional Budget Office estimated the value of this "informal" care at approximately $234 billion for 2011, the last year calculated.

The Best Lesson I learned From Alzheimer's Care

Deborah Swiss | Posted 01.20.2016 | Fifty
Deborah Swiss

Alzheimer's care had begun to take its toll. Exhausted, a light bulb finally turned on in my head: If something doesn't change, stress might just do m...

5 of the Most Critical Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Eric J. Hall | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

The journey for every Alzheimer's caregiver is different, but it is always challenging. With this in mind, here are some of the most critical tips for Alzheimer's caregivers to remember as they take on the important, yet daunting task of being a caregiver.

A Song for the Alzheimer's Journey

Deborah Swiss | Posted 12.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah Swiss

Alzheimer's caregiving is the toughest job I've ever known but it also vividly distills what's really important in life. For five and a half years, I cared for my mother, Peg Swiss, as advanced Alzheimer's tightened its grip on her brain.

A Daughter's Touching Letter To Her Mom With Alzheimer's

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 02.16.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Mom, as I sit down to write my letter I wonder how I can possibly start to share all my feelings with you. So much has changed since you developed Alzheimer's 11 years ago. As I gather my thoughts I realize that you will not be able to comprehend most of what I say.

Dealing With Grief Triggers A Year After My Mother Died

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 11.09.2015 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My mother died 12 months ago, so we've experienced a year of birthdays, holidays, and family gatherings without her. I knew the year anniversary was coming and naively anticipated that its passing would mysteriously make everything all better. I was wrong.

Will Your Aging Parents Engage With You About Their Life?

Christopher Burgess | Posted 11.05.2015 | Fifty
Christopher Burgess

All aging parents should have the "four talks" with their elder children (boomers). No child wants to be the initiator of these discussion, so we elders can take the bull by the horns and get it started.

The One Question I Wish I Could Ask My Mom

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 11.04.2015 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

I yearn to hear my parents tell me all about their lives. Without realizing it, I took for granted that my parents would always be around to tell me about their dreams, their desires and their lives. Mom can no longer tell me much about anything since she now has Alzheimer's.

How To Help Loved Ones Age In Place

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 09.09.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

Unfortunately, there comes a point in most seniors' lives where they cannot manage all their basic needs alone. It varies for everyone depending on their state of health, both mentally and physically. A senior's compromised mobility may make them unable to shop for and prepare meals for themselves.

Walking My Mother Home: The Gifts and Blessings of Alzheimer's

BJ Gallagher | Posted 09.05.2016 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

The wise, old, spiritual teacher Ram Dass says, "We're all just walking each other home." That's how I feel about my role as a caregiver. I'm just walking my mother home.

10 Best Cities For Tech-Assisted Aging In Place

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 08.21.2016 | 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 07.30.2016 | 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 06.15.2016 | 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 05.18.2016 | 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