Senior Care Providers Imagine Possibilities

My friend Vickie is an occupational therapist who has been in practice for about 35 years. She has always worked with severely disabled and other very challenging patients. Her specialty is assisted technology, which provides patients with adaptive devices, like voice-activated ...

 
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“Awakenings” Neurologist Oliver Sacks On Turning 80

My mother will turn 85 next month. Not an exceptional number since people are living so much longer now, but for her to make it to age 80 was astounding. The odds were certainly against it – her father died at 44 and her ...

 
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Is an iPad Good for Your Eyes?

For a long time, I have been convinced that holding a book in my hands is superior to scrolling through an e-book on a tablet. Not only do I prefer the weight of a book in my hands and the ...

 
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What Happened to Keeping It Simple?

A trip to the grocery store minus my coupons made choosing a toothpaste feel like entering a maze. There must have been 300 different kinds on the shelves. Without that coupon, I had to guess which one I use. Do we ...

 
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The Other Side of the Sandwich Generation: Seniors as Caregivers

There’s lots of talk about the sandwich generation, the (mostly) boomers and middle-aged adults who are caring for their aging parent(s), children, and grandchildren all at once. It’s a hot topic, life as a sandwich generation-er, and ...

 
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What Kind of Care Do You Want?

Today’s earlier post spoke to the complex tasks that many families are tackling themselves to avoid care in assisted living or nursing homes (read it here). From administering medications to operating oxygen tanks to providing incontinence care, families are ...

 
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Baseball Widows, and Major Pettigrew, Connect Through Shared Losses

As baseball season comes to a close, here's a delightful story from a few weeks ago, about Mary Frances Veeck, 91, and her dear friend Wyonella Smith, also 91. The two women, whose five-decade friendship was built on the careers and subsequent ...

 
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#ElderCareChat 10/3/12 Recap: Quality of Life for Caregivers

Quality of life is not something that is easily put into words, but we certainly know when we don’t have the quality of life we want, or when someone else’s quality of life is not what it should ...

 
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Dealing with Guilt Over a Care Transition or Decision

Taking the car keys away: it’s the moment every family caregiver and senior driver dreads, along with making a decision about an assisted living move, or a discussion about end-of-life wishes.

In some rare cases, family members are in ...

 
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TEDMED 2013: Open Discussion on the Caregiver Crisis

TEDMED is an extension of the well-known TED site, where you can listen to TED Talks and engage in a number of ways (via their conversations, initiatives, events and more) around “ideas worth spreading.” One of their national conferences, TEDMED2013, ...

 
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