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Treading the Line Between Good Intentions and Abuse

Chana Frid | Posted 06.15.2014 | 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.

6 Lessons From a Gen Y Seeking Care for an Aging Grandparent

Kyle Hill | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Kyle Hill

We didn't know these people, and it was hard to identify the really good ones when all we had to go by was some text, a CV and a bathroom selfie.

6 Questions Everyone Needs To Ask Their Mother

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 05.03.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

When my mother was just six years old, her mother died unexpectedly. Much of my mother's image of her own mother has been shaped by a few old photos, anecdotes from a cousin or two, and the dim but cherished memory of being loved.

The 11 Things I Appreciate That I Used To Take For Granted

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 03.21.2014 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

The contrarian in me resists making any resolutions. Most just make me feel guilty because I fail to meet my own expectations. My philosophy these days is to enjoy what I am doing and not push myself to the point of crankiness. But I do have a resolution of sorts that has nothing to do with diet, exercise or career goals. It has to do with gratitude.

Holiday Gatherings: A Time to Check in With Loved Ones

Daniel Reingold, M.S., J.D. | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Daniel Reingold, M.S., J.D.

The period beginning with Thanksgiving and ending with New Year's is the busiest long-distance travel season of the year. This means that many of us will see relatives for the first time in many months. Use holiday family gatherings as an opportunity to look closer, listen harder and determine if your help is needed.

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?!)

Home Care Bridging Generations: Invite a Young Person to Visit

Marki Flannery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

I recently spoke with a remarkable high school senior, Victoria McGuire, who for the last six years has brought her Girl Scout troop to a Queens adult...

New Technology Helps With Eldercare -- It's Not Just Robots

Joan Gage | Posted 11.07.2013 | Fifty
Joan Gage

It's reassuring to know that new technical tools are being developed to aid us senior citizens. I've never played a video game in my life, but I reckon it's time to learn. It's certainly better than ending my days telling my life story to a robot that looks like a baby seal.

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.

Study Aims To Show Singing In Choirs Is Good For Seniors

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 10.20.2013 | Fifty

What might motivate researchers to solicit senior singers for a dozen choirs around San Francisco? Backed by a $1.9 million grant from the Nationa...

The Golden Opportunity of the Silver Tsunami

William Daroff | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
William Daroff

As we face what's become known as the silver tsunami, the aging of the 77 million American baby boomers, soaring long-term care costs will leverage the future for our children and grandchildren by putting their own American dream at risk.

5 Questions Everyone With Aging Parents Needs To Ask

Justine Vogel | Posted 11.17.2013 | Fifty
Justine Vogel

We're not getting any younger -- neither are our parents. The older we get, the more we grow concerned about how old they're getting, and with that comes worry about 'what to do with mom and dad.'

Parking Attendants and Other Life Challenges

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 10.21.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

Deciding I'd try my luck, I was thrilled to find an actual parking space. Approaching the attendant to pay the $20 fee (and to share my good fortune), she lashed out. "You are a liar! I told you not to go into the lot!"

A New Hub for Family Caregivers

Judy Santamaria | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Judy Santamaria

Most people find it comforting to know that, as technology improves, more and more illnesses and conditions can be managed outside a hospital or nursing home setting, and that they can remain in their homes for a longer period of time.

Rein in Social Adult Day Care

Jessica Lappin | Posted 08.06.2013 | New York
Jessica Lappin

The social adult day care business is booming in a regulatory vacuum.

Help! My Aging Mom Won't Accept Help From Anyone but ME!

Judy Santamaria | Posted 07.17.2013 | Fifty
Judy Santamaria

Recognizing the need to offload some tasks may be the best way for you to manage your caregiving responsibilities over the long-term.

Making Time When Time Is Short, and Other Insights From a New End-of-Life-Care Nurse

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

This is National Nurses Week, and a perfect moment to highlight the special training, ability and insights that distinguish hospice nurses in truly remarkable ways.

Happy to 102: An Interview with Ephraim Engleman

Lily Sarafan | Posted 05.06.2013 | Fifty
Lily Sarafan

The last surviving member of the Stanford class of 1933, Dr. Ephraim Engleman, is turning 102 in a few weeks. He serves as a shining example of healthy longevity -- he continues to work part-time and has no intention of retiring.

A Lucky Old Woman

Enid Borden | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Enid Borden

At about 95 the tables were turned. It was now the kids' turn to feed grandma. And, boy did they. They took turns caring for her and feeding her and nourishing her and worrying about her. But Ellen was lucky.

Why My Mom Loves My Dad's Mistress

Jody Gastfriend | Posted 04.16.2013 | Fifty
Jody Gastfriend

My father's ability to combat the isolation of dementia by creating an imaginary and omnipresent mate may not be unique to him. Imagination may possibly hold the gifts of comfort and solace as we face the uncertainties of old age.

Shared Housing Ideas For Older Gays And Lesbians

Next Avenue | Posted 02.12.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Joan M. Burda Here’s how LGBTs can find housemates after 60 -- and avoid legal problems and personality conflicts...

Kidnapping My Parents

Vicky Tiel | Posted 04.10.2013 | Fifty
Vicky Tiel

I did not want my parents to end their life in a sad nursing home. I had to move them in with me and bring them to live their last days on my large farm a thousand miles away.

Hospice: End-of-Life Conversations When the End Is in Sight

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 04.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

In this post, I'd like to explore the necessity, challenges and goals of having end-of-life conversations once the diagnosis of a life-limiting condition is confirmed.

What To Do When Someone You Love Becomes Someone Else

Next Avenue | Posted 01.28.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Jane Heller Caregivers learn firsthand that illness and medication can cause scary changes in their loved ones. Here...

Home Care Assistance's Top 10 Achievements of 2012

Lily Sarafan | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Lily Sarafan

As 2012 draws to a close, we at Home Care Assistance are also taking time to reflect on our achievements in the past twelve months and how these milestones impact our clients, our caregivers and our communities. Read on for our Top 10 Achievements of 2012.