#ElderCareChat 10/1/14 Recap: Helping Ourselves During Tough Times

During Wednesday’s live discussion, 56 new and returning participants shared tips and strategies for successful self-care, and the care of others, during tough times in our lives. As caregivers and as caring people, we all face difficult life phases, transitional ...

 
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Boomers’ Summer Travel Plans

We’re more than halfway through June and most travelers have or are quickly making summer travel plans. Even with tighter budgets, people still have urge to visit family, explore new locales and sights, or just get away from the ...

 
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Check In With Senior Friends and Family This Winter

A recent observation was a reminder that we need to extra vigilant about the safety and comfort of seniors in treacherous winter weather. In line at the local dollar store, I watched a young cashier double bag a senior’s ...

 
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Young Caregivers Becoming the Norm

I'm a brand new parent (only two and a half months in), and I can already see how quickly caregiver burnout creeps in.
 
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Celebrating Birthdays in Senior Living

Problem: Grandma is turning 90, but since her assisted living move, travel isn’t so easy anymore. Solution: bring the party to her! Most senior living communities have space devoted for families to enjoy a private party, or a common area ...

 
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Bringing the Family to Assisted Living

After an assisted living move, there is no reason to stop communication with family or friends. Maybe there have been losses (of a spouse/partner or physical/ cognitive ability, for example) that prompted the move, but it’s important -- ...

 
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How Can Seniors Beat the Heat This Summer?

I recently received yet another notification that the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for my area. I don’t usually give these emails much thought, since heat is a natural part of summer, but this line made ...

 
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Condo Amenities Include Grandparents

The multigenerational family under one roof used to be standard. But over the years, the nuclear family has left and created its own home and often grandparents are scattered far and wide. Grandparents and other extended family members might still ...

 
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Seniors’ Finances: Time for the Family Meeting?

In a recent post, I suggested children ask senior parents the whereabouts of their important documents, such as a Durable Power of Attorney. It's critical information to have if your parent is suddenly hospitalized or incapacitated, but no one likes ...

 
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May Is National Elder Law Month

As we age, the importance of planning for our future health and legal needs cannot be underestimated. It starts as young parents, when we make sure we have a will or trust in place to protect our children just in ...

 
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