Aid-in-Dying

Back in the ‘90s, Dr. Jack Kevorkian made headlines by helping many terminally ill patients end their lives and their suffering. While “Dr. Death” went to prison for eight years for his illegal acts, physician-assisted suicide, or aid-in-dying as it’s now more commonly known, was legalized in Oregon only a handful of years later. Over…

Signs of a stroke

  Every year, approximately 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke. In fact, it’s the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. Even so, many people don’t know very much about this acute medical condition. I realized that I was one of “those people” when my dad recently had a stroke. So, I…

Medicare for Caregivers

Providing care for a loved one can be challenging. It takes a great deal of time, effort, and emotional labor. On top of that, you suddenly have to navigate the world of insurance, with its paperwork, hoops, and unintuitive structures. Understanding Medicare can be an important part of being a caretaker. The good news is…

Aging in Place

Maya Angelou wrote, “The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Whether you call it aging in place, independent living, or non-assisted living, most of us feel that ache for home and want to live in our own homes as…

Hospice Care

Hospice care is a type of medical care designed to provide palliative care for terminally ill patients during the last six months of life. This type of care is reserved for patients who are no longer receiving curative treatment. Palliative medical care is an important part of hospice care. This means making sure the patient…

Face of Alzheimers Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the fourth leading cause of death of Americans, after heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Worldwide, over 47 million people have the disease, and 76 million are expected to have the disease by 2030. While it is most commonly a condition of the elderly, doctors have discovered that even people in their 40’s,…

Smartwatch Seniors

The smartwatch has officially taken over the wearable technology market, and the Apple Watch is by far the most popular. While you might think smartwatches are only for the tech-savvy younger generation, the Apple Watch has many built-in features and downloadable apps that are perfect for seniors. Fall Detection Apple introduced fall detection with their…

Senior housing options

There are more housing options than ever for seniors – from aging in place to life plan communities to moving in with the kids. Where your parents will spend their senior years is a decision that affects the whole family, so how can you help them decide which is the best option? Ideally, this is a…