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Sanity-Saving Secrets For Caring For Your Aging Parents

Posted 12.19.2014 | OWN

Your Starter Kit Three questions to ask your parents right now. 1. Do you have a living will? Roughly 72 percent of seniors have advance dire...

Uh Oh, It's Flu Season! What You Need to Know About Flu Vaccination

Marki Flannery | Posted 12.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Influenza is a serious infection that can lead to hospitalization and even death in some individuals. Just because you are young and healthy doesn't mean that the flu can't cause you to become very sick or spread your illness to others.

Mom's Not Dead Yet... Living in the Moment With Terminal Illness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

As Kathleen reminded me, I need to stop killing off my mother. I have the rest of my life to grieve after she dies. For today, all Mom wants is for me to be with her... now.

What We Can Learn From Taiwan About Aging

Robyn Stone | Posted 12.07.2014 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

Imagine how exciting it would be to design a whole new system of care for older adults -- entirely from scratch. You'd be working with a clean slate, unencumbered by the temptation to retain old ways of operating, simply because 'we've always done it this way.'

What Every Caregiver Needs To Know About The Healthcare System

Laurie Levy | Posted 10.26.2014 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

I'm a senior trying to care for an even more senior parent. There are lots of us. We are grandparents who are struggling through our "golden years," some of us still working far beyond age 65. Many of us are trying to be good "children" for our parents at the same time we are trying to be present in the lives of our grandkids. It's a tough, multi-generational balancing act.

Double the Giving, Double the Fun: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

July has been a busy month for Daily Giving, so we decided to double our efforts and give two grants a day for the entire month of July. These seed gr...

Going Home

Lisa Abeyta | Posted 09.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Abeyta

Tonight, my mother and my brother moved the bed out of her guest room. Tomorrow morning, a truck will deliver a hospital bed to take its place. And sometime after that, an ambulance with my father in tow will make the trek from the hospital to my mother's and father's home.

James Thilman

Experience The Healing Power Of Music With 'Alive Inside'

HuffingtonPost.com | James Thilman | Posted 10.28.2014 | Entertainment

Filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett had planned to film Dan Cohen, a social worker and founder of the nonprofit organization Music & Memory, for a singl...

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.

Yagana Shah

5 Reasons Sweden Is The Best Place In The World To Grow Old

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.27.2014 | Fifty

Mention Sweden and you're likely to think about Ikea, those delightful little meatballs, and well, Swedish Fish. But there's far more to the Scandinav...

4 No-Nonsense Solutions to the Looming Dementia Crisis

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

The dementia tsunami is coming, fast. We all know it, and it will affect every single one of us, either directly or through our loved ones. That we ar...

Moving My Kicking-And-Screaming Elderly Parents 1,600 Miles To Be WIth Me

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 05.21.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Originally I was going to title this 'Kidnapping My Elderly Parents.' I was just desperate enough to try that if I couldn't get them to budge.

High-Tech Advances to Help Seniors: Scary or Reassuring?

Joan Gage | Posted 04.26.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

The latest good technology I've learned about is something called "The Senior Network," currently available only in Israel, but planned to expand into other countries.

When Love Hurts: The Heartbreak of Elder Abuse

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Valentine's Day is a time to acknowledge the loved ones in our lives. These relationships include not only a partner or spouse, but also the love between a parent and child. This relationship can be a wonderful experience.

What We Really Should Be Worrying About In 2014

Joan Gage | Posted 03.05.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

I have seen the future, and it is robots. Because I am old and did not grow up gazing at electronic screens or playing with high-tech toys like I-pods and I-pads, I may be among the last to come to this realization -- that the human race is seriously threatened by the creation of ever more sophisticated robots.

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?!)

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.

The Job Of The Future With The Brightest Hiring Prospects

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Two random things happened last week, which in hindsight, were perhaps not so random and may in fact have been a blueprint for the future. First I ran head first into a problem. And then, I met its solution.

5 Things You Must Tell Your Grandma About the Ads on FOX News So She Doesn't Get Scammed

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Jon Hotchkiss

Over the course of 5 hours between October 24 and 25, I wrote down every commercial that aired on FOX News during shows hosted by Brett Baier, Gretchen Carlson, Shep Smith, Bill Hemmer and Greta Van Susteren because I wanted to know what was being advertised. Here's what I found.

Growing Older in America

Thom Nickels | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Thom Nickels

Baby boomers -- aka the children of the '60s or the great generation that brought the world the sexual revolution and Woodstock -- have revolutionized the idea of what it means to be older... with vitamins, plastic surgery, Botox and Viagra.

How Children and the Elderly Enrich Each Other's Lives

Frida Berrigan | Posted 11.27.2013 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

In a society that has no place for older people and treats aging like a long and unpleasant illness instead of a natural part of life, that feeling of purpose and belonging is rare, treasured and life-affirming.

Who Is Going To Take Care Of You In Your Old Age?

Sara Rix | Posted 11.26.2013 | Fifty
Sara Rix

If you are a boomer, chances are good that you are more concerned about providing appropriate care to aging parents than about the help you might need someday. But the future will see fewer family caregivers: Households have gotten smaller, and many boomers have few or no children.

Yes! Ricky Gervais IS Jesus! (Almost)

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.16.2013 | Entertainment
Frank Schaeffer

It's a brave man and even braver actor and comedian, who will bring us Jesus' message without irony or a snigger. Gervais proves it's possible to laugh and cry at the same time.

Manage Anxiety While Caring For a Loved One

Hilary Young | Posted 11.03.2013 | Fifty
Hilary Young

For those of you out there who want to try to avoid using pharmaceuticals to manage your stress, here are some all-natural tips for getting back to a place of calm.

My Mother's Spirit

Lisa Lori | Posted 10.26.2013 | Parents
Lisa Lori

Today, I said goodbye to my 81-year-old mother. As we drove her home from lunch, she asked us where we were going when we turned onto her street, if there was a place for her to stay at her home and finally, she asked me nervously why she is confused most of the time.