Treasuring Holiday Letters

Treasuring Holiday Letters

A tall stack of Kodak photos printed on shiny rectangular cards of a family of four sits stapled together with the corresponding holiday letter written with care by “mom” each year. She probably spent a lot of time crafting the ubiquitous yearly holiday letter and thought about what her intended message would be to those she sent cards to each December. The words paint a picture of accomplishments, changes, and reflections of the ups and downs of a year in a family’s life. An old card table is set up in the middle of the bedroom with a box containing

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10 Best American Cities for Older Adults

As the 80+ million baby boomers age, more and more Americans will reach senior status. By 2040, more than one in five Americans will be over the age of 65. While the classic picture of retirement involves moving to the Sun Belt, many older adults actually want to stay put and age in their home and communities in cities both large and small. This desire is part of what prompted the Milken Institute—a non-partisan economic think tank—to rank the best large and small cities for older adults to live in. The Institute looked at 83 indicators from publicly available data

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How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents

How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents

If you are a long distance caregiver, or just don’t live close enough to visit your parents on a regular basis, you may not have enough time to evaluate how they are doing. Here are some ways to maximize your visits so that you get quality time but also check in on their ability to safely live independently. How to Maximize Home Visits with Aging Parents  Leave the House This may sound like an odd suggestion, but I worked with many families who were very close and the adult children visited regularly, however, they had no idea that their parent had a

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Who Will Write Your Obituary?

Who Will Write Your Obituary?

I asked my only brother to do me a huge favor. I asked him to write a draft of my obituary. Who Will Write Your Obituary? First, to alleviate any further alarm or inquiries, as far as I know, I am quite healthy and looking forward to many more years on this planet. I simply decided that there is no time like the present to reflect upon my life so far, and to begin a draft of what will be of great value to my family when they will need it most. Some of you may cringe at the thought,

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How Seniors Problem Solve

What are Guaranteed Issue Rights for Medigap

Even though many senior citizens are no longer employed, there are still problems to be solved. Perhaps not as many challenges as we experienced while in the work force, but problems nonetheless. How Seniors Problem Solve A CEREBRAL WARM-UP Before we turn to specific problems that may be befuddling you, let’s take a general look at the process of problem-solving. It requires some critical thinking. And, such thinking, according to learning theorist Jerome Bruner, involves the ability to "go beyond what is given." (In a similar vein, the top competence identified by the federal government for those aspiring to executive service

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Recognize Signs Your Aging Parent Is Struggling With Money Management

Recognize Signs Your Aging Parent Is Struggling With Money Management

A question that has come up a few times is, “how do you know if you need to manage your parents’ finances?” It’s a difficult topic. Finances are usually private, even among family members. And sometimes, we think we know what’s best for our aging loved one but our bias or intention may not be as pure as we think. Recognize Signs Your Aging Parent Is Struggling With Money Management I’ve had people tell me that they want to step in to handle their parent’s finances because their parent is spending too freely or not being as cautious as they would

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Help When It’s Time for Hospice

Support Systems for Elderly Dealing with Substance Abuse

When someone tells you it’s time to call hospice for someone you love, it’s one of the toughest bits of news you’ll ever hear. However, when you do get that news, you’ll still need good information. Here are a few tips. Help When It’s Time for Hospice Find the Right Fit First of all, you have a choice about which hospice agency or provider will give care to your loved one. You will often be given the names of one, sometimes up to three, agencies that provide hospice care. A doctor, a hospital social worker, your elder’s nurse practitioner or someone

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Aging without Family for Support

Aging without Family for Support

In the aging process, an older person can adapt and handle the physical and mental challenges of decline if they have some form of nearby support. But not every older American has access to a family member or a friend to give occasional help. Aging without Family for Support There's an unseen group of seniors that the health care industry has recently noticed. It's the community-dwelling aged who are socially and/or physically isolated, without an available known family member or designated caregiver. They've been in plain sight for years but since boomers are entering the 60 plus population, the demographic will

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How to Handle Changes in Aging Parents

How to Handle Changes in Aging Parent

Helping Your Aging Parent Remain Safe at Home Whether you live near your aging parents or across the country from them, it can be difficult to see signs of aging. Your parents have always been the family leaders and suddenly, you notice that they’re not able to manage certain aspects of their life. They may also be working very hard to make sure you don’t see physical or cognitive changes. How to Handle Changes in Aging Parent I worked with many elderly clients who intentionally hid their health issues from their children. They kept phone calls short or used all of

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