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13 Recommended Resources for National Family Caregivers Month

13 Recommended Resources for National Family Caregivers Month This month — November — is National Family Caregivers Month. If you’ve been in any way assisting another adult with managing health concerns or life tasks, you qualify as one of the estimated 40 million family caregivers in the US. Such help often starts out with small […]

End of Life Planning Made Easy Through PREPARE

End of Life Planning Made Easy Through PREPARE Living wills. Advance directives. Powers of attorney for healthcare. Making your wishes known. Many older adults have never gotten around to addressing these issues, and of those who have, many are overdue for a review. After all, this is not something where you should “set-it-and-forget-it.” Especially not […]

How to Prevent Falls: 4 Proven Approaches To Ask Your Doctor About

How to Prevent Falls: 4 Proven Approaches To Ask Your Doctor About Worried about falls in an older parent or relative? If so, do you know if their doctor has considered the most useful prevention approaches? Fall risk can be reduced, but it generally takes some thought and effort. That’s in part because most older […]

9 Types of Issues to Address When Helping Older Parents

9 Types of Issues to Address When Helping Older Parents Most older adults don’t need much help from others. In fact, many of them are quite busy assisting others and otherwise contributing to their families, communities, and/or workplaces. But of course, many older people eventually do need some help from others, especially if they live […]

6 Ways that Memory & Thinking Change with Normal Aging (& What to Do About This)

6 Ways that Memory & Thinking Change with Normal Aging (& What to Do About This) It’s annoying but unfortunately true: most parts of the body work less well as one gets older and older. This is even true of the brain, which is part of why it becomes more common to experience a “tip […]

Financial Exploitation in Aging: What to Know & What to Do

Financial Exploitation in Aging: What to Know & What to Do Here’s an upsetting situation that comes up a lot, and may have come up for you: is someone financially taking advantage of Mom or Dad? It’s a pretty legitimate concern to have. To begin with, most people know that there are plenty of “scammers” […]

7 Steps to Managing Difficult Dementia Behaviors (Safely & Without Medications)

7 Steps to Managing Difficult Dementia Behaviors (Safely & Without Medications) (This article is by my colleague Paula Spencer Scott, author of the book Surviving Alzheimer’s: Practical Tips and Soul-Saving Wisdom for Caregivers. I invited her to share an article on this topic, since many in our community are coping with dementia behaviors. — L. Kernisan) […]

Cognitive Impairment in Aging: 10 Common Causes & 10 Things the Doctor Should Check

Cognitive Impairment in Aging: 10 Common Causes & 10 Things the Doctor Should Check Have you been worried about an older person’s memory or thinking abilities? Maybe your parent has seemed more confused recently. Or you may have noticed that your aging spouse is repeating herself, or struggling to do things that didn’t use to […]

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