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Navigating Your Medications: Five Questions To Ask Your Pharmacist Or Doctor

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

To help people better manage their medications, particularly those with many to manage, clinicians at VNSNY CHOICE have compiled a to-do list and five questions to ask your pharmacist or primary care physician (PCP) on a regular basis, at least annually.

When a father's day is done - "The Father" - "The Outgoing Tide" - "Robot & Frank"

Joseph Cooper | Posted 06.14.2016 | Books
Joseph Cooper

Father: To help me do what? I don't need her. I don't need anyone. Daughter: We have to talk, Dad. Father: That's what we're doing, isn't it? ...

5 Tips for Overcoming an Elderly Parent's Objections to Home Care

Haley Lynn Gray | Posted 05.25.2016 | Fifty
Haley Lynn Gray

When an elderly parent needs assistance, it will probably be obvious to everyone in the family except the parent. Independent people generally cling t...

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...

Ways Service Providers Stimulate Advance Care Planning Conversations with Families

Carol Marak | Posted 04.25.2016 | Fifty
Carol Marak

As a sequel to my previous Huffington Post article, Are Families Ready for The Death And Dying Conversation, this one talks about the approaches healt...

10 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Home Care Agency

Haley Lynn Gray | Posted 03.31.2016 | Fifty
Haley Lynn Gray

When you hire someone to take care of your loved ones, it's important to know a few things about the agency and caregiver you choose. So you'll want to ask these key questions when you're choosing anyone to provide in-home care. You want to know who is coming into your home and that you are getting quality care.

Alcohol and Aging: What We Can Do to Help

Hany Abdelaal, DO | Posted 03.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Hany Abdelaal, DO

Older people who struggle with alcohol dependency face particular challenges. Alcohol is a depressant -- producing effects that, for older individuals facing isolation, limitations in mobility, and loss of friends or family, can deepen a downward spiral in health and well-being.

Why The Debate Over Sex In Nursing Homes Is Far From Over

Laura Dixon | Posted 02.09.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

At a recent Alzheimer's Association conference, one of the seminars dealt with issues surrounding sexuality and dementia. Many participants had partners who had dementia and eventually moved into a facility. A complaint that surfaced was how nursing homes do not allow for privacy.

Baby Boomers and Long-Term Care Insurance

Max Gottlieb | Posted 01.25.2016 | Fifty
Max Gottlieb

Although Obamacare has insured and lowered costs for some, many advanced-age seniors are becoming more vulnerable to the costs of care. One major caus...

A Valuable Checklist For Those Seeking Assisted Living

Laura Dixon | Posted 01.24.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

Hunting for assisted living can be hard. You want to find the best place for your loved one -- and it needs to be clean, well run, and within your price range. And you need to get a good sense of what each community is really like, not just what its advertising says about it.

It's Never Too Late to Thank Your Teacher

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 01.06.2016 | Education
Jody Gastfriend

It takes more than political promises to truly inspire children, show them the gift of their own potential and prepare them to tackle life's many challenges. It takes really great teachers.

The Noteworthy Charitable Causes of the NFL's Alumni Players

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 12.23.2015 | Sports
Sherwin Sheik

The NFL's alumni is to be commended for choosing to support causes that won't generate widespread publicity but where their involvement will make a meaningful difference for the people they will interact with.

Depression in the Elderly: A Common Condition That's Often Overlooked

Marki Flannery | Posted 12.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Depression is frequently overlooked in older individuals, in part because their condition is often expressed in physical symptoms like fatigue, insomnia or loss of appetite, as opposed to overt sadness.

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

Laura Dixon | Posted 12.22.2015 | 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.

9 Fabulous Gift Ideas For Older Loved Ones

Laura Dixon | Posted 12.19.2015 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

When you ask your parent, grandparent, or other older loved one what they'd like as a holiday gift, you're liable to hear a noncommittal response like, "I'll love anything you give me" - or "I have everything I need." With little to go on, it's easy to get stumped as to what to give these special people in our lives.

How to Protect Your Aging Parent from Falling

Laura Dixon | Posted 11.16.2015 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

"I've fallen and I can't get up!" You may've laughed along with millions of other Americans in the '90s when the catchphrase from a particularly cheesy Life Alert commercial was parodied over and over again on sitcoms and in the media.

Looking for the Next Billion Dollar Tech Market? Aging Experts Offer 6 Resources to Understand Seniors' Needs

Carol Marak | Posted 11.04.2015 | Fifty
Carol Marak

It's no secret that the global adult population, 65 and over, will triple the next few decades, from 524 million (2010) or 8 percent to about 1.5 billion (2050) or 16 percent. The better-developed countries will have the oldest residents.

Home Health Aides and the Negative Consequences of "Fair Wage" Legislation: Why Good Intentions Aren't Enough

Marki Flannery | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Until we agree, as a country, that the services provided by America's HHAs are worth finding the extra Medicare and Medicaid dollars to pay them what they deserve, then we will continue to suffer the negative consequences of piecemeal measures--however well-intended they may be.

Here's Why Markets (and Local Governments) Should Follow the Millennials Lead

Carol Marak | Posted 09.01.2015 | Fifty
Carol Marak

Why do most Americans have it in their heads that retirement means to take it easy and to back off from life? If you ask a person born in between 1946 and 1964 what retirement means to them, I bet you'd hear a very different perspective. It wouldn't include resting, sitting back, being passive and detaching from life. You'd find the opposite.

Victory for Home-Care Workers

Rudy López | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Rudy López

All labor has dignity, especially when it enhances the well-being of the sick among us. Protecting the rights of home care workers is to defend the dignity of not only the worker, but the patient as well.

Senator Susan Collins and Elder Care Concern: What It Means to Be From Maine

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 08.03.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

CareLinx wholeheartedly endorses and supports Senator Collins' initiative. We witness first-hand every day the tremendous toll caregiving has on families, both financially and emotionally. And the challenge is going to worsen, as baby boomers begin to age and the pool of family caregivers starts to shrink.

'Our Houses Are The Key To Aging Well'

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.22.2016 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Much of the attention on America's rapidly growing aging population is aptly focused on the need for professional, reliable caregivers to help the elderly age at home. What we might forget to consider, however, is the equally critical component of ensuring the homes themselves are eldercare friendly.

AARP: Family Caregiving Surpasses Medicaid Spending By $21 Billion

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.21.2016 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Anyone questioning the need to address America's mounting caregiver crisis need only look at AARP's most recently released study to understand its severity and magnitude.

How To Take The Car Keys Away From Elderly Parents

Buck Wargo | Posted 07.21.2016 | 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 Great Way To Help Seniors In Your Community

The GypsyNesters | Posted 07.21.2016 | Fifty
The GypsyNesters

We recently joined a group on a visit to Miami that was heading out into the community with Rebuilding Together to lend a helping hand to a senior homeowner in need. It was exciting to get to play a small part in their mission.