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3 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Parents' Care

Robyn Stone | Posted 12.16.2013 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

It's no surprise that most older adults, when given the choice, say they would prefer to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. But what if those older adults develop physical and cognitive challenges? Who helps them fulfill their preference to age in place?

Mom's Mind May Be Gone, But Her Heart Still Wants What Her Heart Wants

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
BJ Gallagher

Hanging in her bathroom was a navy blue vinyl windbreaker, size 2XL, which Mom had "borrowed" from my stepdad years ago. Every morning and every afternoon the two of them would walk around the block, holding hands to steady themselves, wearing their identical navy windbreakers.

A Communal Alternative To Eldercare

AP | JIM FITZGERALD | Posted 02.28.2013 | Fifty

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. -- At the Fellowship Community's adult home, workers are paid not according to what they do, but what they need; aging residents ...

How Elder Care Will Change By 2050

Posted 02.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Today, for every person aged 65 and over, there are five people under 65 to take care of them. In 2050 there will be three people under 65 for every e...

Considering Caregiving

Stacey Gordon | Posted 02.20.2013 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

When Grandma Mollie finally decided to get home-care, she found a caregiver in her community to assist her with certain tasks. In a few weeks, she fired the caregiver, after accusing her of misplacing and then stealing her eyeglasses. She found someone new.

Elder Care: Navigating the Road to Sandy Recovery

Ilaina Edison | Posted 02.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Ilaina Edison

When someone suffers through trauma like Sandy, talking about it furthers the process of understanding and healing and creates the connections and support systems necessary to shoulder the burden. This is especially vital for the elderly and homebound.

Death Wish: Dealing With a Negative, High-Maintenance, Aging Parent

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Watching a parent become weaker, sicker or more enfeebled is stressful, of course, but most adult children can bear that. It's when that parent becomes vicious, hostile and resistant to help that stress crosses over into distress.

ReThink Review: Robot & Frank - High-Tech Golden Years

Jonathan Kim | Posted 10.23.2012 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Despite its sci-fi premise, Robot & Frank is a wonderfully intimate, human, insightful, and surprisingly funny film.

Caring For An Elderly Parent: Stress And Reward

Dr. Bruce Margolis | Posted 09.25.2012 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce Margolis

This past March marked 29 years that my mother-in-law has lived with my wife and me. That's correct. I have lived with my mother-in-law for almost three decades! I have been called both crazy and a saint.

Obama vs. Romney: Strategies to Capture Critical Boomers in Battleground States

Brent Green | Posted 09.10.2012 | Politics
Brent Green

America today is politically divided among all age segments. However, older voters have some problems of unique concern, informed by generation and current life circumstances, thus inviting attention when campaigns target advertising.

Spousal Refusal: I Take Thee In Sickness And In Health, Except...

Ann Margaret Carrozza | Posted 07.12.2012 | Fifty
Ann Margaret Carrozza

The reality of spousal refusal is very different from the politically motivated sound bites decrying multi-millionaires on Medicaid. If, for example, my husband has a stroke and we apply for Medicaid for him, I may decide to declare spousal refusal in order to protect my nest egg of $300,000.

Why More Boomers Are Living Alone

Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 06.21.2012 | Fifty

When mom or dad has a harder time getting around their homes, one begins to make plans: “Should she move in with us? Maybe we should look into nursi...

Students Learn To Care For Elderly

Los Angeles Times | Posted 12.28.2011 | Fifty

At first it was easy enough to escort her mother to doctor's appointments, make sure her fridge was stocked and help her buy clothes. But as Nansea Cl...

The Dilemma: Caring For Elderly Parents

Salon | Posted 11.28.2011 | Fifty

It has become the baby boom generation's latest and, in some ways, most agonizing life crisis: what to do when the parents who once took care of you c...

What Is 'Hospital Delirium'?

New York Times | SUSAN SELIGER | Posted 11.15.2011 | Fifty

My family and I watched my mother suddenly descend into delirium during her hospital stay after surgery. I can assure you that anyone who has seen som...

A Furry Friend For Grandma?

Los Angeles Times | Karen Ravn | Posted 12.19.2011 | Fifty

It's a medical device that looks like a baby harp seal, and someday it just might be your best friend. Which leads to some interesting questions....

Can You Break Your Promise And Put Your Parent In A Nursing Home?

wrinklethink.com | Posted 12.16.2011 | Fifty

Last week I interviewed Lisa, a Florida professional whose mother lives in the Memory Care neighborhood at a continuing care retirement community (CCR...

How To Ease The Caregiving Burden

Second Act | Posted 12.06.2011 | Fifty

Last year was "the year without a summer." Sure, most people had warm weather, packed picnic lunches, went swimming, ate watermelon, looked at sun...

WATCH: Rita Wilson Talks 'Parenting Our Parents' And Huff/Post50

Posted 12.03.2011 | Fifty

As you may have heard, The Huffington Post debuted Huff/Post 50, a new site for the Baby Boomer generation that launched on Monday. Rita Wilson, wr...

When Parenting Your Parent Gets Tough: A Daughter's Dilemma

New York Times | Posted 11.30.2011 | Fifty

My mother had just completed her first physical in about seven years. The new physician was young, energetic and articulate. His respectful handling o...

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.

Financial Costs of Caring for Your Parents

Jason Alderman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Business
Jason Alderman

No wonder so many people caught in this situation have trouble paying their bills. If you are primary caregiver for parents or are supporting them financially, here are a few ideas that may help you keep your own finances on track.

Discussing Long-Term Family Care During Thanksgiving

April Rudin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
April Rudin

I feel compelled to alert others to the tsunami of caregiving that will occur as the burgeoning population ages, and this wave will continue for many years to come.

Elderly Care: Children to Your Children: Baby Boomers Face Burdening Their Kids

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Middle class baby boomers face the prospect of becoming old, enfeebled and a financial and emotional burden on their patience-challenged children.

Just Listen - The Eldercaring Challenge, Caring for a Difficult Parent

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

If a parent's attitude and behavior don't improve, the child wants an end to the suffering. That can only come when the parent dies.