Sad senior woman and caregiver drinking tea in the nursing house

It might hit you slowly. Maybe the family is gathering for the holidays and you notice that your mom can’t remember the ingredients for her famous casserole she has made forever. Or maybe you realize there’s no way your dad can drag the artificial Christmas tree down from the attic anymore; he just seems a…

Announcing death on social media

So much of our lives is shared through social media. We post cheerful news about engagements, births, anniversaries, job promotions, and new homes. But death is different. Death is a solemn occasion, and an emotional one. However, social media can be a way to let people know the sad news and can be an efficient…

Alzheimer's Dementia Patient Listens to Music for Memories

If you are caring for a loved one with conditions that affect the memory and cognition, like Alzheimer’s or dementia, you know that they rely on you for activities to stimulate the mind, fill their days, and relieve stress. Planning and guiding your loved ones through activities can help slow the decline of motor skills…

End-of-Life Doula

Doulas are helpers. The word “doula” comes from the Greek, where it means, roughly, “female helper” or “woman who serves.” In 1973, the word was first used to refer to someone who helps and supports women through and after childbirth. But now the concept of the doula has been expanded. Instead of having doulas only…

Caregiving Employee

Not only does caregiving for an adult loved one put a personal strain on the individual providing the care, but it can also impact that caregiver’s productivity at work – and even whether they stay in a job. In turn, this can have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line. Even so, most companies…

Self_Care Caregiver

Exhaustion. Digestive distress. Headache. Depression. Sleeplessness. If you’re a medical caregiver for someone with a chronic illness, you may have seen these symptoms. But we’re not talking about your patient’s symptoms; these symptoms just might be your own. While caring for your loved one is important, remember that you also need to take care of…

Talk to your parents about assisted living

You never know what will prompt the conversation. Maybe it’s a fall, but not serious enough to require hospitalization. Maybe you discover they’re not taking their medication. Maybe they’re not eating well, or they’re not able to clean or keep the house like the used to. It can be almost anything – just something that…

Primetimers Worldwide

In the United States today, about 1.5 million people over 65 identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. That number is expected to double by 2030. While all communities can expect to face some challenges as they age, LGBTQ seniors often encounter unique hurdles. From lingering social and cultural prejudices to laws which either ignore…

Senior thoughtful man sitting in chair and holding old photo frame

You’ve probably amassed a house, garage, and maybe even shed full of things over the years. But now that you’re moving to a smaller space – whether it’s an apartment, retirement community, or your son’s or daughter’s house – you have the onerous task of thinning out and paring down all those years of accumulated…

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