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Elderly Parents

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

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 10.23.2014 | 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.

Facing the 7 Biggest Money Fears This Halloween, Part 2

David A. Dedman | Posted 10.16.2014 | Money
David A. Dedman

First, make sure you have all the information you need to make a good decision. Second, don't make a quick decision about money. Finally, like I said before, make decisions that you would feel comfortable making for your own money.

How To Find Strength During Your Parent's Slow Descent Into Dementia

Elizabeth Flora Ross | Posted 10.18.2014 | Fifty
Elizabeth Flora Ross

I open the door to step back into the room, and he is already asleep again. Sitting in the chair by his bed. The effort to get dressed and move to the chair was too much. He is spent. His lungs are filled with fluid, and he no longer has the physical strength to cough it up. They are giving him medicine designed to help, and he tries, but he just can't get it out anymore.

Dear Dad: An Open (Heart) Letter to My Unintentionally Influential Father

Laurel Miller | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Laurel Miller

I've given my strange proclivities a lot of thought, and the only source of blame I can point to is my dad, Dr. Robert M. Miller, aka RMM, Bob, or "Doc." Most people assume that being the child of a veterinarian (a large and exotic vet, at that) isn't all that different from having a parent who's an MD, if they think about it at all.

Am I a Health Advocate?

Victor Imbimbo | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Victor Imbimbo

An advocate is defined as, "One that supports or promotes the interests of another." Given this definition, as a family caregiver, you are the ultimate health advocate, because you are constantly supporting the health interests of your loved one.

Learning to Let Go

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
Lillie Leonardi

For all too many years, I have pondered the question as to how to let go, when in reality, I had already done so.  Perhaps not in the terms that a trained mental health expert would prefer, but in my own way.  It was the only approach that made sense to me. 

Why I Bought My 80-Year-Old Mother a Tiara

Emma Nicholson | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Emma Nicholson

I decided this Christmas to give her something to remind her of how special she is and how much fun there is yet to be had...

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.

Parenting a Parent

Cory Zacker | Posted 08.07.2013 | Parents
Cory Zacker

Things started to change. It was so gradual at first that it was easy to miss. I simply started to have the feeling that Mom had turned a corner somehow

Recognizing When Your Elderly Parent Has Dementia

John Shore | Posted 08.07.2013 | Healthy Living
John Shore

Once all the emotional baggage has been cleared out of the way, you're free to worry about the only thing you really have to worry about, which are the practical aspects of physically protecting your mother from herself.

The Parent Left Behind

Emily Cappo | Posted 07.24.2013 | Fifty
Emily Cappo

I think I was around 42 years old when I first started to worry about my parents getting older. My mom had just turned 70 and my dad, 75.

What To Watch For With Your Aging Parents

Posted 04.13.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Suzanne Gerber It’s a delicate balance between being overbearing and dangerously disconnected Last week we ran ...

A Caregiver Needs Body Care Too

Judi Freedman | Posted 05.11.2013 | Fifty
Judi Freedman

As a member of the sandwich generation worrying about my adult kids (I'm a mom and I have to worry about my kids even if they are all grown up) and worrying about my elderly mom (who has been ill since the New Year), I often forget to give my own body the "body care" it needs.

WATCH: How To Save Mom And Dad From Their Alcohol Abuse

Posted 04.12.2013 | Fifty

Boomers have a far different relationship with their parents than their children have with them. While their kids may feel comfortable talking to them...

Tackling End of Life Issues

Deborah Stambler | Posted 03.10.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Stambler

A friend of mine recently asked if I would be literary executor of his estate. He's 81, in great health and a fine poet with a couple of books published. I know it's not common to talk about death over coffee, but I was glad we got over the weirdness and could talk about everything.

8 Gifts For Your Elderly Parents

Posted 12.17.2012 | Fifty

Every year when the holidays roll around, it's inevitable that this question pops up: What gift should I get for the special people in my life? Whi...

4 Meds Your Aging Parents Should Not Be Taking

The Huffington Post | Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 11.28.2012 | Fifty

Caregivers of elderly parents with dementia may have to be wary of their loved ones' antipsychotic drugs. A new study found that four commonly prescri...

6 Lessons My Dad Taught Me About Aging And Wealth

David Geller | Posted 09.24.2012 | Fifty
David Geller

As a kid, I wanted to be like my dad. I still do. Now that my father is in his mid-80s, I hope to follow in his footsteps again and age as gracefully as he has.

Top Senior-Friendly Cell Phones

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.17.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

While smartphones garner most of the attention in the mobile phone world today, there are still a number of companies that offer simplified phones specifically designed for seniors.

Long Distance Caretaking: Assisting Elderly Parents From Afar

AP | By MATT SEDENSKY | Posted 03.27.2012 | Fifty

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Kristy Bryner worries her 80-year-old mom might slip and fall when she picks up the newspaper, or that she'll get in an accid...

My Sassy Mom: 81 And The Essence of Awesomeness

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 03.27.2012 | Fifty
Bonni Brodnick

With punch and panache, Mom inspires us all. She is a lesson on how to live your life to the max: at full-speed. Even if it's with a walker to get from West 65th Street to the museum on West 79th.

Caring For Parents & Kids? You're The Sandwich Generation

AP | By ALICIA CHANG | Posted 01.01.2012 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- The sun was barely up when Evelyn Volk, bleary-eyed with toothbrush in hand, tossed a pile of clothes into the washing machine, the fir...

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.

My Elderly Parents' Reluctant Technological Evolution

Mary K. Moore | Posted 01.08.2012 | Technology
Mary K. Moore

They are the few, the proud, the tech hold-outs, happy to exist on a steady information diet of whatever is in the local newspaper and anything on television produced by Dick Wolf.

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.