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Elderly Care

How to Choose a Good Nursing Home

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.02.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Can you give me some tips on picking a good nursing home for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease? I've been taking care of her at home, but she's gotten to the point where she's too much for me to handle.

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 5 Most Unexpected Challenges Of Caregiving

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 10.01.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

Every single one of us -- because we are alive and we are human -- runs the risk that at some point in our lives something will happen to us, making it impossible for us to take care of ourselves. This something can be any one in a long list of disabling events.

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.

Kindness Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Imagine being a child in foster care, shuffled from home to home with your belongings in a trash bag. Or an elderly woman living alone with little to eat and no family to help you. This week at The Pollination Project our grantees have found ways to bring small kindnesses into the lives of others.

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.

The Weakest Part Of America's Healthcare System

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 07.23.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

So, you've navigated your frail parent's hospital stay and now it's time to go home. You probably can't wait to leave but ... what's coming next is extremely uncertain. Leaving a hospital with a frail older adult in tow is like stepping off a cliff blindfolded.

How To Take The Car Keys Away From Elderly Parents

Buck Wargo | Posted 07.21.2015 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

When we were growing up, it pained Dad to have to give us the car keys, because he knew how we drove as teenagers and knew that we didn't always make the right decision while driving or pay enough attention. Now it's our time to worry ourselves sick.

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.

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.

How Magic Mike Brought Me and an 80-Year-Old Woman Together

Lee Allport | Posted 07.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lee Allport

Within the past 10 years I have lost both of my grandparents which was difficult. My grandma and grandpa were an important part of my life as I live...

4 Must-Know Tips for Your Parent's Hospital Stay

Anne Tumlinson | Posted 07.05.2015 | Fifty
Anne Tumlinson

The truth is that, when you're dealing with a hospital, you have to be vigilant and firm -- right from the very beginning. As crazy as it sounds, you cannot assume that the hospital knows what it's doing or has your parent's best interests at heart.

Will Jerry Brown Make Good On His Promise To Reverse Cuts To Long-Term Care?

Capital & Main | Jim Crogan | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics

This story first appeared on Capital & Main. When Governor Jerry Brown unveiled his revised 2015-2016 budget on May 14, hundreds of thousands of In...

Two Moms, Two Cokes

Maria Rodgers O’Rourke | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Maria Rodgers O’Rourke

I reached through the window and paid for our drinks. I slid the straw through the lid and placed the chilled cup in her bony hands. She drank deeply and sighed with satisfaction, savoring the sugary mix.

How To Deal With Aging Parents When You Live Abroad

Ana McGinley | Posted 05.04.2015 | Fifty
Ana McGinley

Every year the number of people embarking on exciting expat assignments increases. For many expats this excitement is dampened by the loss of family we leave behind. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it is difficult to deny the poignancy of saying goodbye to aging parents.

See a Problem, Solve a Problem: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Zhou Zi Ru is a 15-year-old who has dedicated herself to advocating for harmonious relationships between stray cats and humans in Liaoning, China by procuring food scraps from restauranteurs and feeding her feline friends in centralized locations in order to coax them away from local food vendors.

How to Keep Up With Your Medications

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.20.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Anybody who juggles multiple medications can relate to the problem of forgetting to take a medication, or not remembering whether they already took it. This is especially true for people who take medications at varying times of the day.

Bridging the Loneliness Gap: Making a Happier and Healthier Future for the Elderly

Bruno Vanhaelst | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Bruno Vanhaelst

Roughly one in five people are believed to suffer enduring loneliness and the incidence of loneliness tends to grow -- and is increasing -- among older populations.

How To Keep Tabs On An Elderly Parent When You Can't Be There

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.01.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are many different assistive technology products available today that can help families keep an eye on an elderly loved one when they can't be there. Depending on your dad's needs and how much you're willing to spend, here are some good options to consider.

The Job Nobody Sees Coming

Aileen Clancy Ruess | Posted 01.19.2015 | Fifty
Aileen Clancy Ruess

Caregiving is a worthy endeavor. There is no greater joy than to serve another. Even if it involves taking care of one from a not-so-great past relationship. All families have issues. This is an opportunity to forgive and make it right.

Our Job Is to Enable Well-Being

Robyn Stone | Posted 01.18.2015 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

We're literally taking a page out of Gawande's book by recognizing that our real job is not just to put a roof over the heads of our older citizens.

5 Reasons the Senior Crowd is the It Crowd

Cindy Brandt | Posted 01.04.2015 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Not to be Negative Nelly, but the honest truth is that life is hard. Nobody lives through decades of life and not have weathered some severe storms.

What We Can Learn From Taiwan About Aging

Robyn Stone | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

Imagine how exciting it would be to design a whole new system of care for older adults -- entirely from scratch. You'd be working with a clean slate, unencumbered by the temptation to retain old ways of operating, simply because 'we've always done it this way.'