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Elderly Care

How To Celebrate The Holidays In Assisted Living

Laura Dixon | Posted 12.16.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

While some assisted living residents leave their communities to visit family during the holidays, it's not uncommon for residents to stay put.

Forgotten Generation

Marc Joseph | Posted 12.01.2016 | Impact
Marc Joseph

According to The Motley Fool, 59% of current retired seniors count on Social Security as their major source of income and 28% say it is a helpful sour...

The Simple Guide to Caring for Elderly People

Laiza King | Posted 11.14.2016 | Impact
Laiza King

Credit One of the most emotionally complex and difficult things a person can experience is taking care of an elderly parent. Very few people antic...

Why You Should Treat Your Parents Like Your Pets: Death, Dying, And Dignity In America

Jamie Jones Coleman | Posted 10.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Jamie Jones Coleman

Otis was our first baby. He was covered in a caramel-colored fur, weighed 150 pounds and was the best Bullmastiff dog anyone could ask for. He protect...

Caring for a Loved One

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 05.31.2016 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hamady

The critical aspect of becoming a caregiver, therefore, is not deciding to take on the role, should we choose to do so. It is making the choice to care; accepting the responsibility, surrendering to it, and even embracing it as an opportunity.

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).

An Alternative Model of Senior Care

Laura Dixon | Posted 05.09.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

Four women are gathered around a table playing mah-jong. Most of them are over 85 years old, some are close to 100. Their age-spotted hands quickly to...

A Belated Apology to the Devil: An Update

Ted Gup | Posted 06.10.2016 | Education
Ted Gup

I am a sixty-five-year-old college professor standing in front of a class of seniors when my lecture suddenly veers wildly off course and I find myself talking about Irene McKee, my fifth-grade teacher. Here's what I tell them.

Safety Comes at a Price

Gabriella van Rij | Posted 04.19.2016 | Fifty
Gabriella van Rij

I have to find a moment to tell her between the memory lapses, to tell her... I, her daughter, have to tell her that I am taking away her freedom, her right to go home. I feel a huge, tight ball settle in the pit of my stomach.

5 Signs That Someone You Love May Be A Hoarder

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 04.12.2016 | Fifty

Smith College psychologist Randy Frost, an expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder and a pioneer in the field of compulsive hoarding, estimates there ...

Can the Golden Girls Save Women's Retirement?

David Rae | Posted 04.05.2016 | Women
David Rae

Golden Girls Retirement Plan, Part 4? Retirement Is a Women's Issue Pop Quiz: What's better for your bottom line, a dead spouse or an ex-spouse?...

We Must Never Neglect the Elderly

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 03.23.2016 | Healthy Living
J.J. Colagrande

We should not only strive to create a safe and secure environment for our elderly, but we must do everything to make sure they experience quality of life.

Elder Mediation Can Help Families Resolve Caregiving Conflicts

Jim T. Miller | Posted 03.21.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any services that you know of that help families resolve caregiving conflicts? My mother - who just turned 82 - recently ...

Reframing Aging: The Big Move

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff | Posted 03.17.2016 | Books
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

This slim and informative volume demonstrates that living communally in your later years can be just as engaging as summer camp or college dorms. I congratulate these authors on giving us all a new perspective on both aging and the merging of two modes of exploring a life stage.

Dementia and Inclusion: Building Dementia Friendly Communities

Aysha Ives | Posted 03.07.2016 | Impact
Aysha Ives

In dementia friendly communities, local governments, businesses, public transportation and faith communities collaborate to provide meaningful activities for people with memory loss. One community in Roseville, MN, uses Memory Cafes to engage Dementia patients and caregivers.

Can Blanche Make Your Retirement Sexy?: Golden Girls Retirement Plan, Part 3

David Rae | Posted 02.02.2017 | Queer Voices
David Rae

By pooling their resources as housemates, Golden Girls' hottie-of-a-certain age Blanche Devereaux and her homegirls Dorothy, Rose and Sophia keep on living the good life through retirement.

Denying People A Job After They've Left Prison Is Unconstitutional, Court Rules

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics

A court in Pennsylvania on Wednesday struck down a state law that imposed a lifetime ban from employment on as many as 200,000 people with criminal re...

Meet The Purlettes -- Do-Gooder Senior Knitters Making A Difference

Laura Dixon | Posted 12.22.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

On Dec. 4, millions of TV viewers got a glimpse of an up-and-coming purse company with a unique business model -- the bags are all hand-knit by residents in an assisted living community.

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

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 12.12.2016 | 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...

Pico Boulevard (for Dad on Chanukah)

Chef Rossi | Posted 12.05.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Chef Rossi

They say nobody walks in LA, unless it's on the treadmill. I do. But then, I'm a New Yorker. New Yorkers would walk to Mars if we could. Walking f...

How to Choose a Good Nursing Home

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.02.2016 | 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 10.30.2016 | 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 09.30.2016 | 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 08.28.2016 | 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 08.10.2016 | 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...