Trimming away the excess

This week, as I was in the midst of holiday craziness, I took a break and read a short piece by Scott Stoner on Advent. In this reading, he talks about the derivation of the word prepare. It comes from the Latin word pre, meaning before, and pare, meaning to trim away the excess—or as we might say, pare down. The word struck a chord with me. I decided to review “my list,” or all the things I had planned for the holidays, and rank each one according to its relative importance—to me and my values. What I discovered surprised me: The majority of my overwhelming list fell into the “not so important” category.

End of Life: Will you get the care you want?

Those of us who work with people facing the end of life have been aware of this issue for a long time. But while not ‘news’ to many of us, I’m happy to see experts take a critical look at how our health system is lacking when it comes to end of life care.

Provider Guidance—Assisted Living: It’s the Care, Not the Flare (cont.)

I focused on nursing homes in my last post. This week, it’s all about assisted living residences. The Frontline and ProPublica PBS expose that aired on July 30, 2013, which I mentioned the other week, turned a spotlight on negligent practices that occur when providers emphasize profit over people. In particular, the program showed what […]

Engagement Key for Aging Adults

This past weekend, my husband and I drove 10 hours to visit family in Canada. Before leaving, I e-mailed my adult children who live in various parts of the country to let them know where we would be and for how long. During our trip, our cousin invited a friend whose wife had died several […]

Older Adults and the Web, Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Increasingly, older adults are using the Internet and social media to research information, connect with health care providers, interact with family and friends, play games and even search for dating partners. In many ways, this is a good thing. However, ScienceDaily recently reported on an article soon to be published in Gerontology conducted by researchers […]

Reminder: Express Love for Our Elders, Friends and Family

Holidays are wonderful and always a lot of fun. And while this time of the year is truly about friends and family, the list of to-dos, preparations and planning can get the best of us—including me. I know there are times I’ve gotten so caught up in the doing of the holidays—buying the ‘right’ gift, […]

Thank You for Making Eldercarehelper.com Possible

Thanksgiving is a day to remember and give thanks for the blessings we have – and I have many blessings in my life. Today, I want to thank my family and the many friends and colleagues who have encouraged me to develop this website. Without their support and constructive feedback along the way, eldercarehelper.com would […]