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Elder Care

Becoming Our Parent's Parents

Maddisen K. Krown | Posted 02.17.2012 | Fifty
Maddisen K. Krown

For Thanksgiving this year, I went home to Connecticut to be with my family. The main theme for this week-long trip went way beyond the one day of festivities. I was primarily there to assist my ailing elder parents.

Obama Plan Would Expand Key Worker Protections

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Workers in the home health care industry – one of the country's fastest growing professions – would be guaranteed minim...

Home for the Holidays

Leann Reynolds | Posted 02.12.2012 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

Families can use the holidays as a time to reconnect and make time to talk about how to handle circumstances for elderly or ailing loved ones they only see once a year.

When To Stop: A Contract For Older Driver's And Their Families

Posted 12.03.2011 | Fifty

If you've ever raised a teen driver, you're probably aware of those informal contracts often recommended for children and their parents that detail fa...

When Your 94- and 85-Year-Old In-Laws Come to Stay

Barbara Dehn | Posted 01.15.2012 | Fifty
Barbara Dehn

I knew that in order to help my 94- and 85-year-old in-laws, Felix and Edna, who were both in wheelchairs get through the TSA security line in the Albany airport in under 3 hours, I'd have to get my stuff in the grey bins in a nanosecond and then I could concentrate on helping them.

A New, 'Green' Housing Alternative For Mom And Dad

Posted 01.02.2012 | Fifty

According to a recent poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 82 percent of retirees and 78 percent o...

Survey Finds Significant Lack of Confidence In Healthcare System

Posted 12.27.2011 | Fifty

The outlook of growing older in the current economic climate continues to look bleak, as the struggles of boomers' elderly parents only provide a gloo...

What To Do When Your Once-Abusive Parent Grows Dependent On You

The New York Times | Paula Span | Posted 12.21.2011 | Fifty

Maybe this incident tells you all you need to know. Wendy was 9 or 10, sitting in a Massachusetts restaurant with her mother and grandmother, and yawn...

Curtis M. Wong

First LGBT Senior Center Planned For New York

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 12.19.2011 | Fifty

New York City will soon be home to the nation’s first full-time center for elderly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents, which is schedu...

The Moneyball Approach to Health Care

James R. Knickman | Posted 12.04.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

I'm always surprised that some people still buy into the myth that America has the greatest health system in the world. We spend so much money on health care, but those dollars have not translated to good health.

Worrying about Mom's Worries

Deborah Plummer | Posted 12.03.2011 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

Having my aging mother living with me affords a certain level of assurance, as well as heightens my anxiety to levels that I have not previously known.

My Parents Are Driving Me Crazy!

Kathy Barthel | Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty
Kathy Barthel

Your parents have always been the adults. They raised you. They dealt with illnesses, job losses and money issues. They did it all. Now you've become their caregiver.

Wake Up, Corporate America! We Need Eldercare Benefits

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2011 | Fifty
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

Eldercare in the workplace, although still largely unaddressed, has become one of the fastest growing work-family employee challenges to emerge in the past decade.

Let It Be: Accepting Imperfection in Caregiving

Liddy Manson | Posted 10.03.2011 | Women
Liddy Manson

The hardest part is backing out of the driveway. It used to be the two of them waving, each year Dad a little thinner and more wobbly. And now she just stands there alone. All 95 pounds of her with the big house looming above.

Home Health Workers Are Sick of Being Shut Out of Labor Law

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

We ought to ask ourselves what society owes to the workers with whom we entrust the health and comfort of loved ones. Your grandmother's home caregiver, who may be just like family, has a family of her own to take care of when she goes home.

Neighbor Enables Aging Parents to Stay at Home

Leann Reynolds | Posted 09.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Leann Reynolds

Neighbors can fill the gap when it is too much for one person to juggle a full-time job, solid relationships with a spouse and children and the needs of aging and ill parents.

St. Barnabas Senior Services Continues to Make an Impact Amidst Budget Battle

Gabrielle Canon | Posted 09.17.2011 | Impact
Gabrielle Canon

St. Barnabas provides a community for those who need daily assistance and enables participants to enjoy a greater quality of life, increased independence, and the opportunity to grow in a social family environment.

Professional Flexibility for Hourly Workers

Joan Williams | Posted 09.13.2011 | San Francisco
Joan Williams

Does that chic new restaurant create situations that leave minor children home alone? Often hourly workers can't arrange suitable care at such short notice, so they get fired a lot.

As Our Parents Age, We Boomers Must Work Together

Liddy Manson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Liddy Manson

We're all grieving as we encounter the final years with a parent. As a generation, we might as well lock arms; we've got a big job ahead of us, and the only way we'll make it through is with teamwork.

Bringing Rights for Domestic Workers Out of the Closet

Eileen Boris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eileen Boris

Workers hired by families are using the state to transform private labors into public work. But one group of household laborers remains apart -- those paid by governments to care for needy elderly and disabled people.

Understanding Alzheimer's: 8 Common Myths Debunked

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

No matter how withdrawn or irresponsive the person may appear, one should act and speak as if she were completely cognizant.

Seniors At The Top: Moving Toward A New Paradigm Of Institutional Elder Care

Marguerite Manteau-Rao | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marguerite Manteau-Rao

We need to shift the paradigm of care from solely organizational and social hierarchies to an inclusive model that takes into account all the constituents of deep democracy within the context of institutional elder care.

15 Ways To Stay Sane While Caring For An Elderly Parent

John Shore | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Shore

One of the most emotionally complex and difficult things a person can experience is taking care of an elderly parent.

'Death Panels' And Patients' Choice: How Should We Talk About Dying?

Janice Van Dyck | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janice Van Dyck

We need to separate the idea of advance care planning -- which is all about our own choice -- from the horned devil known as government-rationed care -- which is about someone else's choice for us.

Coping With Unexpected Challenges From My Elderly Parents

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

We thought Dad was doing errands on Wednesday afternoons... when in fact, my 91-year-old father was visiting a girlfriend in the village.