How Elderly Caregivers Can Be Advocates for Seniors at Doctor Appointments

Professional elderly caregivers are invaluable to families with an aging loved one who needs assistance. From help with bathing to cooking to medication compliance, another important advantage of having an elderly caregiver is that she can be an advocate during doctor visits. Doctor appointments can be stressful for all of us, but they can be … Continue reading

Bocce, a Sport the Elderly Can Play

Bocce can be one of the most exciting, easy and relaxing sports an older person can do. The rules are very basic and once you learn them you will be able to start right away (after you buy a Bocce set of course). You will be able to play the game in your yard or … Continue reading

Soul Searching… Your First Step to Finding the Best Senior Housing

My friend Kelli called the other day seeking my advice. “I’m worried about mom and dad,” she said. “They are convinced they can stay in their house, but I’m seeing them really slow down and struggle with the upkeep. Where do I begin? How do I start a conversation with them? What can I do … Continue reading

Caring for Elderly Parents? How to Say NO Without Feeling Guilty

Saying NO to a parent’s request without feeling guilty is extremely difficult for most of us! However, the ability to set limits with loved ones is a crucial skill needed to maintain emotional, physical, and spiritual health. When caring for an elderly parent, we need all the energy, rejuvenation time and emotional stamina we can … Continue reading

Warehousing Our Elderly

It is a national shame that in our culture we stick our elderly in warehouses called nursing homes, or assisted living or rehabilitation facilities. About twenty years big corporation recognized the huge money profits by exploiting end of life care. Many churches had not-for–profit homes to care for older people who could no longer live … Continue reading

A List of Resources for Aging Advocacy

This partial list of resources — what other groups would you add? National Level AARP:  601 E Street, NW. Washington DC 20049 888-OUR-AARP http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/advocacy/ info@aarp.org American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME): 1625 L Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20036-5687 202-429-1000 http://www.afscme.org/issues/medicare-social-security ADAPT: 1640-A E. 2nd ST. STE 100, Austin, TX 78702 512-442-0252 http://www.adapt.org/main adapt@adapt.org Alliance of … Continue reading

Tax Laws – Taking Care of Elderly Parents and Loved Ones

If you are taking care of an elderly parent or loved one in your home, there are certain IRS tax regulations and guidelines that you should know about. Are you a typical sandwich generation couple? Just when you are getting ready to take a breather from putting their kids through college, your mom or dad … Continue reading

Pets Prove Dangerous Distraction for Elderly Drivers

According to a new study conducted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham, pets have proven themselves to be a significant distraction amongst older drivers.  According to a new study conducted by the University of Alabama-Birmingham, pets have proven themselves to be a significant distraction amongst older drivers. The study questioned 2,000 drivers ages 70 and over … Continue reading

Understanding Elder Law and Nursing Home Issues: Rights of the Elderly

Elder law protects nursing home residents from abuse or neglect. Knowing what rights residents have can protect them in most cases, but if your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse, you may need to consult a litigation attorney familiar with elder law issues. It’s never an easy decision to place a parent … Continue reading

Retirement Woes: Substance Abuse Among Elderly on the Rise

The study found that an estimated 10 to 17 percent of Americans aged 65 and older misuse alcohol. Retirement plays an important factor for them to indulge in substance and alcohol abuse as this phase of life brings loss of structure, identity and peer networks. Other factors like aging bodies, thought rigidness, inability to cope … Continue reading

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