Caregiving

The Greatest Gift We Can Give to Our Family

By Cindy Arledge ~   My parents were born during the depression. They enjoyed 55 years of marriage before passing away eight months apart. At the time, I was a senior business analyst with college age daughters. As the youngest sibling and the only daughter, my brothers elected me to clean out our parents’ house.

Multigenerational Living: A Creative Approach to Aging in Place

Although many seniors want to stay in their own homes as they age, sometimes care needs prevent this from being a reality. Rather than moving into assisted living or a care home, however, the answer may be a multigenerational dwelling—adding on to an existing home to better accommodate a senior’s needs. More people are entering

Caring for Elderly Parents with Dementia Can be Tough

Lessons in a Special Kind of Love By Marlene Caraballo ~   My 84-year-old mother doesn’t know what day it is. So, I bought her a ridiculously big digital clock that displays both the time and date in ginormous lettering. I placed it right next to where to she sits to watch television. Still, when

Tai Chi: A New Treatment for Dementia

By Judith Stuartcole Bonner ~   Dementia is an umbrella term for several different kinds of cognitive impairment that can begin to affect memory around the age of 50. Even though we may joke about juggling fewer tasks, processing information more slowly, or finding it difficult to focus on details, life may grow more frustrating for

Changing Gears Along the Way

By Kathryn MacDonell ~   Life unfolds as planned, until it doesn’t. You or your loved one miss a step, a word, or an action, and, after enough times, you eventually seek medical advice. A series of questions and lengthy cognitive tests result in an unsettling diagnosis for a 50+ year old in the prime

A Guide to Combat Medical Debt

By Aly J. Yale ~ Overwhelming medical debt is the No. 1 reason Americans file for bankruptcy. In fact, according to a study out of the City University of New York, 66.5 percent of bankruptcy filings cite medical expenses as a contributing factor. These expenses often stem from emergency room visits or surgeries, costly bills

Recognizing Hoarding Disorder

By Terry Sutton ~ “Hoarding.” When you hear that word, what do you think? If you are like many Americans with cable TV, you might think of reality shows featuring impossibly cluttered homes and the people who inhabit them. This is not a fleeting phenomenon. Millions of people are afflicted with this difficult, often heart-breaking,

Coping with the Cost of Care: Often-Overlooked Tax Deductions and Tips for Seniors and Their Families

By TaxAct. TaxAct shares these articles with us so our readers are more informed. Yes, this one long but the information is very important for you and your loved ones. So, sit in a comfortable chair, grab a refreshing drink and read on. You’ll be glad you did. As you get older, you may find you

Getting Through the Holidays After the Loss of a Loved One…You Are Not Alone

The holidays are almost here and for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, they can be very difficult. The holidays are a reminder of what once was, of traditions repeated over years — even decades — that represented who they were — as partners, spouses, adults, children, and grandchildren. For anyone

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