Not Your Typical Dinner Conversation—But A Great One

As I am aging, I find that conversations seem to be focus on end of life issues more than ever. The mother of a good friend is in a nursing home following rehab from a fall. At this point, no one knows for sure when, or whether, she will be able to return to her home.

Ambulatory Surgery for Seniors: More Common, Higher Readmission Rates

Today, health care providers are looking for ways to cut costs. One way this is being accomplished is by eliminating hospital stays wherever possible.

Are Meds for Depression and Anxiety Safe For Older Adults?

A lot has been written about serious problems that occur when patients take many different medications. This is called poly-pharmacy. Doctors are often unaware of the other doctors their patients see and the medications they take.

Summer BBQ? Plan Ahead for the Elder Contingent

In our family, we like to have everyone over, once in the summer and once during the winter holidays. And the summertime get-together is especially fun if the weather allows us to be outdoors. Last month, I wrote about some conditions that cause problems for older adults at festivals.

Summer Events: Plan Accordingly

Summertime is here, and with it comes outdoor fairs and festivals. Attending is fun for people of all ages; I love their inter-generational appeal. Recently, I have been attending outdoor events and fairs in my local area to see whether or not they are being planned with an age-friendly eye.

New Study Offers Hope for Stroke Survivors

A study published recently by the University of Florida offers some good news: Researchers found that intense physical therapy can bring about functional recovery more than a year after the initial stroke.

Managing a Hospital Discharge

Handling a hospital discharge is one of the most stressful care tasks. Few of us are prepared for this situation, particularly if the hospitalization was unexpected—as it often is.

Becoming a Caregiver: Tips and Considerations

One day, you wake up and discover that you are no longer the person you had been the day before. Yesterday, you were a mother, father, spouse, an advertising executive, program developer, builder, social worker. Today, you are a caregiver—

Tips to Help an Aging—and Resistant—Parent or Loved One

In my last few posts, I described some successful family care scenarios. There was a problem (e.g., aging parent, medical issue), and everyone cooperated, made a plan and proceeded to manage things relatively smoothly. But as we all know, that does not always happen—and for many reasons.

The Care Plan: It’s Time to Get Creative

My last post was all about how you, as a non-professional, can use the processes and tools that care managers use to become a better caregiver—and reduce your level of stress. The only stress greater than the burden of care is the stress of uncertainty. And a care plan reduces uncertainty.