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Seniors: Don't Take Away My Car Keys Yet!

Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS | Posted 06.29.2016 | Fifty
Anita Kamiel, RN, MPS

Getting seniors to give up the keys to their car is no small task and, frankly, I am quite sympathetic to the seniors. After a lifetime of independenc...

A Gift From Jack

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 06.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

This morning, I was sitting in the courtyard next to our home working on my computer. The weather was terrific, clear and breezy. I was focused on a d...

Those On The Front Lines Of The Aging Mega-Trend

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.28.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Welcome to 21st century America -- where we have longer lives than ever before, and more hopes for healthy aging. We are, happily, the beneficiaries of breakthroughs that have given us life spans that not long ago would have been the stuff of science fiction. But we also face serious challenges.

Inaugural Intergenerational Summer Camp Launches in Southern California

Tzvi Miller | Posted 06.23.2016 | HuffPost Home
Tzvi Miller

Last week I got the chance to speak with Mr. Brice Harris, a retired man living in Pasadena, California. Harris is a resident of the Villa Gardens Retirement Community, where people live independently or with assisted living. Before retiring, Harris worked as a college professor, teaching at Occidental College, and is now an active and enthusiastic member within the Villa Gardens community.

Feeding Peace: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.18.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we recognize seven grantees whose projects are bringing peace to their communities. Volunteers in Maryland engag...

Fighting Financial Exploitation to Protect Retirement Savings

Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.15.2016 | Fifty
Debra B. Whitman, Ph.D.

By Debra Whitman and Jilenne Gunther "For years I suffered silently. I didn't want to tell anybody. I couldn't muster the courage and you have to hav...

When The Caregiver Needs To Become The Bill Payer As Well

Dayna Steele | Posted 06.14.2016 | Impact
Dayna Steele

After publicly chronicling a three-year Alzheimer's caregiver journey with my mother, questions now come in weekly, sometimes daily, from others start...

Watching My Mother With Alzheimer's Slowly Slip Away

Lisa Hirsch | Posted 06.14.2016 | Fifty
Lisa Hirsch

Many moons ago my mom's world was sunny and bright. It was filled with excitement, love and joy. She had no idea that one day her entire life would vanish, as if it never existed. Truth be told, neither did I, for I had never heard of Alzheimer's.

5 Ways to Keep Your Eyes Healthy this Summer

Dave Austin | Posted 06.09.2016 | Fifty
Dave Austin

June is National Cataracts Awareness Month, so there's no time like the present to take the steps necessary to ensure proper vision health. All too of...

Best Simple Smartphones for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.06.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some smartphones that are specifically designed for seniors? My 75-year-old mother is interested in upgrading fro...

Kids Get in the Game: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.01.2016 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week at The Pollination Project, we are highlighting seven grantees from East Africa to the Pacific Northwest that are affording individuals life...

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.

Today, We Can Appreciate a Beautiful Sunset

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 05.27.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Craig E. Sherman

Let's not rely so heavily on the earth-shattering events to awaken us from the mechanical slumber that can sometimes pervasively control our lives. Let's all remember to live in this moment and celebrate life because while my father is right that we are all dying, at least for today, we are all living too.

Haunting Photo Series Features Paris' Forgotten Generation

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 11.29.2016 | World

Enchanted by Paris' concrete housing estates and their longtime residents, self-taught photographer Laurent Kronental launched "Souvenir d'un Futur," ...

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).

Home Sharing Provides an Innovative Way to Combat Loneliness Among the Elderly

Adi Gaskell | Posted 05.18.2016 | Healthy Living
Adi Gaskell

The likes of Airbnb have received huge amounts of publicity in recent years, and have undoubtedly brought homesharing into the mainstream. There are ...

Simplified Tablets Designed for Tech-Challenged Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 05.16.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, I'm interested in getting my 78-year-old mother a tablet for video calls and email but want to get one that's super simple to use. ...

'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.