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'A Kiss Goodnight'

Beverly Booher | Posted 04.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Beverly Booher

I stood in front of her tonight... a warm bedroom light reflecting the years of life that have etched their lines in her sweet face. I slid her fuzzy...

7 Ways To Tell If Mom Or Dad Is Starting To Need Help

Derrick Y. McDaniel | Posted 04.25.2016 | Fifty
Derrick Y. McDaniel

Today everyone is "over-scheduled". This is especially true when you have young kids, older parents or both-which is the situation for almost 50% of ...

Woman Dresses As 90-Year-Old For A Day, Has Shocking Revelation

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 04.21.2016 | Fifty

Ageism isn't something we usually think about until we're a target of it ourselves as we get older. To find out exactly how differently society treats...

Loss Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 04.20.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

To keep our aging population living the best quality of life possible, we need to understand the issues that can make individuals vulnerable to a sharp decline. Honoring loss and building strength wherever possible is what we must strive to do.

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.

Elder Care: Conversations of Care

Elizabeth Esrey | Posted 04.19.2016 | Parents
Elizabeth Esrey

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. 2015, roughly 40 million Americans provide unpaid elder care to a loved one. As loved ones age, their ne...

Why You Should Consider A Geriatrician For Your Elder Loves Ones

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 04.16.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

As specialists go, we have all heard of cardiologists, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, but how many of us really consider or have even heard of geriatric specialists or geriatricians when we think about care for someone 60 and older?

I Suffer From Erythromelalgia, And It Feels Like I'm Burning Alive

Melissa Curley Bogner | Posted 04.07.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Curley Bogner

The pain feels and looks like a scorching fire inside the limbs. I'd jump up and down on one leg in a blazing desert while eating live crickets if a doctor said it would cure me.

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 ...

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?...

Booster Shots Recommended for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 04.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, I just turned 65 and would like to find out what types of vaccinations are recommended to Medicare beneficiaries, and how they are ...

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 ...

Self-driving Cars and an Underappreciated Impact They Will Bring

Michael Seo | Posted 03.18.2016 | Technology
Michael Seo

The momentum of self-driving cars on the road is accelerating with the question clearly becoming "when" not "if" the widespread use of self-driving cars will be allowed.

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.

Is "Efficiencies" a Euphemism for Heathcare Cuts?

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.15.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The latest Republican to stand in front of a camera and complain about state spending on health care for the elderly, disabled, and other poor people,...

The Real Reason So Many Older People Are Using Social Media

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 03.07.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

Many might think that social media is the exclusive domain of the younger generation. However, many of our older adults have enthusiastically adopted it to keep up with the times as well as their old acquaintances and younger family members.

Why The Population's Aging Should Be Seen As An Asset

Michael Hodin | Posted 02.28.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

One of the most brilliant things about Marc Freedman's Encore is its starting point: it sees the aging of the population as an asset. It sees these extra decades of life as a resource that can -- and must -- be put to good use.

Cuomo Keeps Lifeline in Place for Medicare Recipients

New York Legal Assistance Group | Posted 02.24.2016 | New York
New York Legal Assistance Group

Now more than ever, funding for this vital lifeline needs to be maintained -- indeed increased -- as the state continues to implement major system reforms, and many more people transition into Medicare who are unable to afford the high out-of-pocket costs.

Sometimes You Need A Dog To Remind You What It Is To Be Human

Scott Plate | Posted 02.19.2016 | Good News
Scott Plate

My stepmother died August 1, 2012. I returned to Florida for the interment of her ashes October 19, and my 84-year-old father announced he wanted to get married again. I suggested we start with a dog.

10 Memory Tips for Individuals With Alzheimer's Disease

Eric J. Hall | Posted 02.15.2016 | Healthy Living
Eric J. Hall

While there are certain treatments that can slow down the progression of dementia, one of the many things that individuals with Alzheimer's can do is to start implementing a few strategies that will help them with their memory.

Alzheimer's: Four Activities You Can Do To Help Your Loved Ones

Sherry Gray | Posted 02.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Sherry Gray

All of these activities are perfect for helping ailing patients stay active and the Alzheimer's Association lists 98 more on its website. So don't be afraid to stimulate the imagination of your elderly loved ones -- get out of the house and get active. You never get too old to have fun.

Are Republicans Proposing to Cut Health Care to Old, Disabled and Other Poor People?

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.11.2016 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Colorado Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs) told 9News political reporter Brandon Rittiman last month that Medicaid spending is siphoning money from "every other program," including schools and roads.

Not Just Another Gay Bar

Juanita MORE! | Posted 02.09.2016 | San Francisco
Juanita MORE!

It was announced a few weeks ago that the Gangway will be closing soon. When it does, the city will lose its oldest continuously operating gay bar, and the LGBT community will lose one more of its queer spaces.

Hospice Is Allowing My Father-In-Law To Die With Dignity

Barbara Hammond | Posted 01.29.2016 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

Hospice. How do you envision it? It has become more common, it seems. Or maybe it only seems that way because we are becoming the caregivers for our elderly parents. My father-in-law is in hospice care and, in a way, I feel better about his situation knowing that he'll be allowed to die with dignity.