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What To Do if You're Suddenly The Caregiver For A Loved One

Tory Zellick | Posted 12.25.2012 | Fifty
Tory Zellick

My mom placed the book in her lap, looked me in the eye, and calmly uttered three words that forever changed my life: "I have cancer." I was 18 years old.

Who Aging Mothers Most Want To Care For Them

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 10.22.2012 | Fifty

The term "favorite child" is a loaded one. Most recently, daddy blogger Buzz Bishop sparked a public outcry by admitting he had a favorite son. An ar...

The Terrifying Moment My Father Disappeared

Posted 10.22.2012 | Fifty

I heard my mother screaming from upstairs, screaming that she couldn’t find my father. The fact that I hadn’t watched him, that he had escaped the safety of that living room while I slept beside him, shook me.

Singer Amy Grant Talks About Caring For Her Mom And Dad

Posted 10.20.2012 | Fifty

Singer/songwriter Amy Grant, 52, is a six-time Grammy winner. She also one of 42 million Americans who act as caregivers for loved ones. On Friday, Gr...

Senior Moments, or Something More?

Rita Altman, R.N. | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Rita Altman, R.N.

Here are some tips for those who may be concerned that either themselves or a loved one are showing signs of memory impairment and may be struggling with knowing how to differentiate normal forgetfulness from Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.

Does She Have To Say Good-Bye To A Dying Parent Who Was Abusive?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.18.2012 | Fifty
Lisa Belkin

A reader wrote to me at 3 a.m. the other day. Her father, an abusive parent, is in hospice in Florida, about 1,300 miles from her home. To scrape together the funds for travel, and miss work for the days she is away, would leave her destitute, she says. Should she visit him before he dies?

Brilliant Scholar Didn't Regret Losing His Mind

Marie Marley | Posted 12.17.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

We often refer to such people as "walking encyclopedias," but Ed was far more. Ed was a walking library.

Is It Ever OK For A Caregiver To Cheat On A Sick Spouse?

Jane Heller | Posted 11.26.2012 | Fifty

In 2010, on the day my husband Michael was hospitalized for the fourth time in four months, I got an email from an old boyfriend. Talk about irony. Talk about timing. Talk about temptation.

How to Behave When Visiting a Nursing Home

Marie Marley | Posted 12.09.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Visiting loved ones in their nursing homes is essential for your well-being as well as theirs. When your loved one is admitted, talk with the administrator or director of nursing about their policies for visits. Some facilities have written guidelines while others may have unwritten rules.

Study Uncovers Key Reason Caregivers Are Overwhelmed

Posted 10.09.2012 | Fifty

Many Americans report being overwhelmed by the demands of caring for aging loved ones, and a new study suggests a key reason: They are expected to be ...

What You Really Need to Survive As a Caregiver

Marie Marley | Posted 12.01.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

The next time you're feeling burned out and at the end of your proverbial rope, sit down, take a deep breath and start listing all the ways you are going to get assistance.

The Gift of Caregiving

Robin Amos Kahn | Posted 11.26.2012 | Fifty
Robin Amos Kahn

It is a great service to show up for someone and go with them through the last chapter of their lives. And though at the time, it feels as if your own life got lost somewhere, it eventually turns up again.

Alzheimer's Test: 'What If You Had a Fire in Your Kitchen?'

Marie Marley | Posted 11.25.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

Ed answered the knock on his door and found Nancy, a pretty young lady in her mid-20s, standing there. He smiled and gestured for her to enter. "Oh, I'm so excited to see you again. How have you been? Ed had never seen Nancy before.

Dementia Patient's Strange Request Foreshadows Tragedy

Marie Marley | Posted 11.20.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

"Tomorrow?" he asked. "What do you have to do that's so important you can't come back until tomorrow?" I didn't know what to say. "Well, when do you want me to come back?" I finally asked. "Today!" "Okay," I said, playing along. "I'll come back today."

Fear of Falling: Breaking the Dangerous Downward Cycle

Marki Flannery | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Remaining physically active is essential, but it is only one part of a larger fall-prevention picture, which also includes medication management, vision upkeep, proper footwear and a safe home environment.

Presidential Election, Jobs and Health

Nancy Shonka Padberg | Posted 11.14.2012 | Fifty
Nancy Shonka Padberg

My prediction is that not only will Baby Boomers determine the election, but they will also determine the amount of success and change in their lives because they know how to find the right resources.

Nursing Home Aide's Shocking Behavior

Marie Marley | Posted 11.14.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

When Alice returned, her blue eyes were downcast, her lower lip quivering. What she did next was astounding.

As Fall Approaches, a Checklist to Keep Family Elders Steady on Their Feet

Kathryn Haslanger | Posted 11.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Kathryn Haslanger

The first day of Fall -- Sept. 22, 2012 -- marks National Falls Prevention Awareness Day to increase public awareness about how to prevent and reduce falls among older adults. This year 46 states, including New York, are participating in Falls Prevention Awareness Day.

Paying for Nursing Home Care with Medicaid

Jim T. Miller | Posted 11.10.2012 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The rules and requirements for Medicaid eligibility for nursing home care are somewhat complicated and will vary according to the state you live in. With that said, here's a general, simplified rundown of what it takes to qualify, along with some resources you can turn to for help.

Hospice: Keeping Promises, Honoring Life

Jeanne Dennis | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Dennis

The care G. provided his grandfather, who died in 2010 at age 94, was at once ordinary -- millions care for their loved ones through aging, illness and dying -- and extraordinary.

Alzheimer's Journal: Tears for Yesterday

Marie Marley | Posted 11.10.2012 | Fifty
Marie Marley

It was the first time I'd felt the full force of having lost Ed to Alzheimer's. The first time I'd cried about it. For in all those years, I'd never realized until right then just how much I'd loved Ed -- and loved him still.

Home Health Aides: The Front Lines of the Future

Marki Flannery | Posted 11.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

For an aging nation -- and a home health aide industry expecting stratospheric growth over the next decade -- we must ensure that people like Angela and the care she delivers are not so rare.

The Precious Face of Alzheimer's: One Caregiver's Epiphany Transformed Pain into Poetry

Doris Gallan | Posted 11.06.2012 | Fifty
Doris Gallan

Cathie decided to stop trying to adjust her mother's reality and instead, listen to what the woman who raised her had to say. The author found that it was quite a revelation: "I was expecting an empty shell... but realized, if I really listened... there was a place... for us to continue to connect."

Happy Menopause Awareness Month -- Be Your Own Caregiver!

Ellen Dolgen | Posted 11.04.2012 | Fifty
Ellen Dolgen

Too many of us are not getting the help we deserve for our health, wellness and our menopausal challenges. If you assess your own needs, you'll see that your own well-being is connected to the well-being of your family members.

Workplace Discrimination Is On The Rise For Caregivers

Posted 08.31.2012 | Fifty

As more Americans take on the responsibility of caring for elderly loved ones, there has been an increase in workplace discrimination targeting caregi...