Supporting a loved one with Type 2 Diabetes

A new diagnosis can mean a new way of life. You have just found out that a loved on has been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. You may feel worried for your family member or friend and are struggling to find ways to help. Your caring and willingness to lend a hand will...

Celebrating in Senior Living

Home for the Holidays: How to Celebrate in Another City with a Loved One in Senior Living By Deb Hipp When you recall past holiday gatherings, maybe you can still see Mom stirring pots in the kitchen and baking cookies, or kids bounding out of bed and running into the...

Alcoholism and Addiction In the Elderly

Did you know that widowers over 75 have the highest rate of alcoholism in the United States? An astounding 2.5 million older adults have drug or alcohol problems. Seniors may not be the first group to come to mind when you think about alcoholism, but maybe they should...

The Role of an Only Child as a Caregiver

I was recently doing an interview on caregiving and was asked about my preparations. I am a parent of an only child. I confess to feeling guilty about that. I don’t want her to take on the burden of being a caregiver for her parents on her own. So there are some...

Give That Young Lady a Gold Star

On October 29, I received an email from Victoria Negri. She’s the writer, producer, director and star of a new feature film, “Gold Star,” which premiered here in New York City in early November. I was asked to be part of a panel discussion after the screening and was...

Goal Setting Tips for Caregivers

Caregivers are busy individuals, with lists of tasks they must complete each day for a variety of different clients and loved ones. While they are, you should always look for simple ways to achieve specific goals for your client, your personal life and career. Your...

When your older parent refuses help

Q. My mother is a widow and she lives alone. She's starting to have trouble getting around and keeping her house clean. I worry about her eating. She refuses to have help in the house. How can I convince her to let me hire someone part-time to help her? -- Trying A....

How to Help A Parent Who Refuses to Bathe or Shower

With advancing age, our parents—or loved one—may be reluctant to shower or bathe. Though disease and illness are often to blame, there are many other reasons we may never understand. Unfolding the Mystery Behind the “Bathing Battle” Here’s a list of some reasons the...

Must-Read Memoirs and Nonfiction on Aging and Elder Care

The saying is, “Growing old isn’t for sissies.” And it’s true. Aging — and caring for aging loved ones — requires an inner strength and resilience many people don’t know they have — or need — until late in life. The aging person discovers things they are no longer...

4 Ways to Move to A New Groove this Fall

We’re always stressing the importance of staying active in every way possible - especially outside of your work hours. Fall is exactly the perfect time to get yourself to make this a habit! Say goodbye to heat waves and trips to the pool or beach to get a swim in here...

What Should You Know About Memory Care?

The term “memory care” is being seen more often in the media. It is an important term to understand. Memory care refers to long term care for people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or another type of dementia or other serious memory problems. It also...

How Helpful Are Voice Companions?

For a lot of people, smart home voice assistants like Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple HomePod are a luxury, a fun gadget that makes life just a little bit easier and more interesting. For others, like those who need in-home care, they could be a life-changer. Voice...

Reduce Your Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs

Patients are shelling out a larger amount of their income to healthcare providers now more than ever. In fact, according to Forbes, patient payments account for over one-third (35%) of revenue for providers. This makes it the third highest revenue stream, with...

A surprisingly good place to die

A campaigning doctor has helped make Mongolia a better place to die than many much wealthier nations. Andrew North met her to find out how. What comes to mind when you think of Mongolia? My answer, probably like many people’s, was vast empty space, those signature...

Why Are Drug Prices So High? We’re Curious, Too

This much is clear: The public is angry about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. Surveys have shown that high drug prices rank near the top of consumers’ health care concerns. What’s not as clear is exactly why prices have been rising, and who is to blame....

Why thank you can’t wait

Our son, Ben, is responsible for bringing the most remarkable people into our family’s life. They’ve come in the form of teachers, therapists, bus drivers and service providers – all caregivers who have shared their life with ours. I’ve learned that there’s no good...

Tips for the Sandwich Generation

The National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP issued a joint report that said “a 49 year old woman caring for a 69 year old female relative” is the average caregiver. They are also women with children and a job. The majority of the estimated 40 million caregivers are...

A new age of care

Before there were nursing homes and social security legislation, the elderly lived in almshouses which also housed insane, homeless and inebriated people. Living conditions in these facilities were horrendous and dangerous. Thankfully, after some legislation passed...