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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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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When Holy Matrimony and Senior Care Decisions Collide

“In sickness and in health, in nursing homes or in hospice...”

Of course, we know that’s not how it goes, but when soon-to-be newlyweds are standing toe to toe, eyes locked on their partner’s face, thoughts rarely turn ...

 
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Taking Care of Dad on Mother’s Day

Leading up to this Mother’s Day weekend, the focus has been on Mom, Grandma, and all the special women in our lives. Though the men will have their day in June, families caring for aging parents, friends and relatives ...

 
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Pat Robertson & the Alzheimer’s/Divorce Controversy: Let’s Turn It Around

A lot of people are very upset about what televangelist Pat Robertson said earlier this month. The 700 Club’s leading man was answering a viewer’s question: a friend experiencing difficulty in his marriage as a result of Alzheimer’s ...

 
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What to Do When a Spouse or Partner Needs Care

As senior couples age together, difficult decisions must often be made when one individual needs the next level of care. It’s not an easy transition, especially for couples who have been together for decades and are not accustomed to ...

 
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An Overview of Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs)

Choosing a senior care community for yourself or an elder relative can be a difficult decision for numerous reasons; many families and individuals considering care have to weigh things like cost, availability, the varied opinions of family members, amenities offered, levels of care provided, location, and much more.

Although you or the senior who needs care may be active, healthy, and able to live independently, it’s hard to know ...

 
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For Better or Worse: The Impact of Caregiving on Marriage Relationships

“For better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health…”

Who can imagine what that really means when you’re standing in front of your dearly beloved family and friends, hands joined with those of the ...

 
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Caring for a Disabled Spouse Increases Chance of Stroke

There's no doubt that while it can be rewarding, being a caregiver can affect your own health as a new study shows.

Researchers in the School of Aging Studies at the University of South Florida in Tampa studied 767 people who were caring for a disabled spouse and found that caregivers who said tending to their ailing spouse caused "a lot of strain" were 23 percent more likely to have a stroke ...

 
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