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6 Silly Thanksgiving Memories of Mom

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 11.28.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My mother died on November 1, so this is our first Thanksgiving without her. To make the occasion less painful, I've decided to think of funny things she used to do before dementia took her away.

Serendipity Breeze

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 11.10.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

My mother died in her bed on a quiet autumn morning as Tennessee Ernie Ford promised there would be peace in the valley. Outside her window, a sudden wind tossed the tree limbs, and the leaves floated to the ground.

Why We Should Remember To Treat Every Day Like A Special Occasion

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 11.09.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

In 1969, my father traveled to Japan on a business trip and brought back an elegant silk robe as a gift for my mother. They had been high school sweethearts. He was the gregarious student body president and she was the timid valedictorian. He wasn't one for giving gifts and she wasn't comfortable accepting them.

My Mother's Body Got Lost

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 11.03.2014 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

Today I called the funeral home in Wendell and they hadn't received the body. How do you lose a casket? I thought I had completed all the necessary arrangements, but I wasn't familiar with the procedures for this dilemma.

"I Love My Mother. But If She Passed Away Today I Would Be Thankful"

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

I love my mother. But if she passed away today I would be thankful. That doesn't make me a heartless, horrible daughter; I only want her to be free from earthly constraints and permanent disability.

Why I Don't Want To Die At 75

Joan Gage | Posted 12.16.2014 | Fifty
Joan Gage

Ezekiel Emanuel is a very distinguished scientist... Needless to say, his 5,000-word piece evoked a lot of debate, although everyone agreed he makes some important and startling points. They are his reasons for saying that he hopes to die at 75 and that, after he turns 65, he plans to discontinue all his health care -- no flu shots, colonoscopies, surgery, pacemakers.

Steps and Missteps

Stacey Gordon | Posted 09.08.2014 | Fifty
Stacey Gordon

They may fall, but when they do, our job is to offer them a hand up, and that hand should not be attached to conditions or control.

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...