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6 Things To Look For In Your Next Home

Robyn Stone | Posted 06.17.2015 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

In recent years, I've watched many friends abandon the homes they thought would serve them until the end of their days. These friends had many -- and sometimes quite unexpected -- reasons for moving.

How to Tell When a Household Member Is Impeding Your Loved One's Care

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

"Our interventions are often for a limited time, so it ultimately falls on the family to make sure the home environment is working. We're always happy and relieved when a family reaches out to us and asks how they can help."

5 Spring Cleaning Tips For Seniors And Their Families

Joan Lunden | Posted 06.30.2015 | Fifty
Joan Lunden

I remember all too clearly that moment when I was searching through my mother's home, desperate to find her driver's license, her marriage certificate and other important documents that I needed in order to help her.

How to Talk to Your Elderly Parent About the Dangers of Falling

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.26.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

A simple fall can cause a serious hip fracture, broken bone or head injury, which can lead to hospital stays, disability, loss of independence and even death. But even falls without a major injury can cause seniors to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active.

Home Health Aides, Patients and Families: The Complex Challenge of Delivering Safety (Part One)

Marki Flannery | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Although the majority of home care cases go smoothly, we need to ensure that our home health aides, nurses and therapists are also prepared for any difficulties that may arise in dealing with clients or their family members.

An Update on Advance Health Care Directives

Marki Flannery | Posted 05.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Drawing up the document itself is fairly simple; the more difficult part comes beforehand, including deciding what kind end-of-life care you do and don't want to receive, and who -- if anyone -- you want to empower to make decisions in your stead.

Keeping Love Together: Breaking Down 3 Myths about Senior Housing for Couples

Amy Bryant | Posted 04.20.2015 | Fifty
Amy Bryant

There are unique misperceptions and challenges involved with the search for senior living options for a couple.

Something New Can Help Beat the Winter Blues

Marki Flannery | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

The bottom line is that if you find yourself feeling depressed, you can't expect your condition to resolve itself -- you need to do something about it!

The Real Definition Of A True BFF

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 03.11.2015 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

From Barbies to boyfriends -- through the shifting tides of girlhood and womanhood -- my girlfriends and I shared a journey that was both profound and simple. We grew up together. And then we grew apart.

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.

7 Very Cool Things Other Countries Do For Their Older Citizens

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.14.2014 | Fifty

How the elderly are regarded varies in different parts of the world. Here are seven very cool things about how the elderly are seen and treated in oth...

The Secret Work-Family Issue Nobody's Talking About

Chris Duchesne | Posted 01.03.2015 | Business
Chris Duchesne

For the U.S. to remain competitive as a global economic leader, American business leaders need to recognize and respond to the caregiving needs of all our working families - not just the ones with young children.

Her Heart Remembers: The Doctor's Office

Janelle Capra | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Janelle Capra

I tried to gain composure and looked at my mom through the tears in my eyes. She had been answering those questions like she was someone else. She has no clue that I have been the one paying her bills for the past three years! But, her rambling stopped when she saw that I was the one hurting, that I was the one who needed her.

Treading the Line Between Good Intentions and Abuse

Chana Frid | Posted 08.15.2014 | Fifty
Chana Frid

June 15th is National Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Although elder abuse is a painful topic -- one we'd all prefer not to read about or discuss -- prevention requires awareness, so here goes.

6 Lessons From a Gen Y Seeking Care for an Aging Grandparent

Kyle Hill | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Kyle Hill

We didn't know these people, and it was hard to identify the really good ones when all we had to go by was some text, a CV and a bathroom selfie.

6 Questions Everyone Needs To Ask Their Mother

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 05.03.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

When my mother was just six years old, her mother died unexpectedly. Much of my mother's image of her own mother has been shaped by a few old photos, anecdotes from a cousin or two, and the dim but cherished memory of being loved.

The 11 Things I Appreciate That I Used To Take For Granted

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 03.21.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

The contrarian in me resists making any resolutions. Most just make me feel guilty because I fail to meet my own expectations. My philosophy these days is to enjoy what I am doing and not push myself to the point of crankiness. But I do have a resolution of sorts that has nothing to do with diet, exercise or career goals. It has to do with gratitude.

Holiday Gatherings: A Time to Check in With Loved Ones

Daniel Reingold, M.S., J.D. | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Daniel Reingold, M.S., J.D.

The period beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year's is the busiest long-distance travel season of the year. This means that many of us will see relatives for the first time in many months. Use holiday family gatherings as an opportunity to look closer, listen harder and determine if your help is needed.

10 Things I No Longer Worry About Now That I'm Past 50

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

I've spent many years worrying about ridiculous things that either don't matter, or more likely, that I can't do anything about. (I mean how many girls secretly smiled when Baby Got Back started blaring from car stereos?!)

Home Care Bridging Generations: Invite a Young Person to Visit

Marki Flannery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

I recently spoke with a remarkable high school senior, Victoria McGuire, who for the last six years has brought her Girl Scout troop to a Queens adult...

New Technology Helps With Eldercare -- It's Not Just Robots

Joan Gage | Posted 11.07.2013 | Fifty
Joan Gage

It's reassuring to know that new technical tools are being developed to aid us senior citizens. I've never played a video game in my life, but I reckon it's time to learn. It's certainly better than ending my days telling my life story to a robot that looks like a baby seal.

7 Lessons Learned After Mom Fell

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

Sometimes the very ground you walk on can feel pretty shaky when your stable life is marred by a fall.

Study Aims To Show Singing In Choirs Is Good For Seniors

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.20.2013 | Fifty

What might motivate researchers to solicit senior singers for a dozen choirs around San Francisco? Backed by a $1.9 million grant from the Nationa...

The Golden Opportunity of the Silver Tsunami

William Daroff | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
William Daroff

As we face what's become known as the silver tsunami, the aging of the 77 million American baby boomers, soaring long-term care costs will leverage the future for our children and grandchildren by putting their own American dream at risk.

5 Questions Everyone With Aging Parents Needs To Ask

Justine Vogel | Posted 11.17.2013 | Fifty
Justine Vogel

We're not getting any younger -- neither are our parents. The older we get, the more we grow concerned about how old they're getting, and with that comes worry about 'what to do with mom and dad.'