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Senior Care

'Our Houses Are The Key To Aging Well'

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.22.2015 | 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 07.21.2015 | 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 07.21.2015 | 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 07.21.2015 | 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.

A Look Into The 2015 White House Conference On Aging

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.20.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

Discussing everything from retirement security and healthy aging to long-term services and elder justice, the conference also gave due consideration to caregiving issues and the importance of establishing support systems for the nation's 50 million professional caregivers.

How do We Take Aging Issues Out of the Closet?

Carol Marak | Posted 07.17.2015 | Fifty
Carol Marak

Do you believe we need to address the general public's misconceptions of aging? They are real, and the challenge of swaying the majority in favor of it should be our priority.

America's Mounting Caregiver Crisis

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 07.14.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

As the Baby Boomers continue to swell the ranks of our senior population, elder care concerns will impact more and more families. It's a global trend in dire need of solutions. While we are beginning to see positive steps, we still have a long way to go.

Care Delivery Transformation in California: Aligning Opportunities With Capacity

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

California is moving full speed in transforming care delivery for those with the most pressing health care and daily living needs. Yet a great deal of work remains to institutionalize system change that offers value to individuals, providers, payers and regulators.

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.