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Scams to Watch Out for in 2019

It is estimated that older adults lose billions of dollars to scammers each year. But there is good news—last year the Federal Trade Commission noted that older consumers are more likely to report they’ve been victimized by financial exploitation than their younger counterparts. Here are three scams that are notably making the rounds. 1. Beware of Social […]

How to Motivate Without ‘Bullying’ During Caregiving

During my caregiving years, my mother and I had many tense moments about rousing her from bed to get ready for medical appointments. I’d pop into her bedroom and wake her, then remind her a few minutes later that she really needed to get up, then cajole her, plead with her, and ultimately use my […]

The 4 Most Surprising Bathroom Hazards for the Elderly

Bathrooms can be a perilous place in the house, especially for people who are older or living with a chronic condition that can make falls more likely. Much like the kitchen, this is a risky space in the home with slippery surfaces and sharp objects. One study found that the most common location for fall injuries in […]

LOOK FOR THE GOOD AND YOU’LL FIND IT

The dishwasher overflowed last night, you woke up to a kitchen floor full of suds and were late to work. You found out two days ago that the mole on your Dad’s ear was malignant. A monster typhoon slammed into the Philippines and left 10,000 dead. It seems that everywhere you turn these days there’s more […]

Getting Compensated for Caregiving Can Change Family Dynamics

You can be paid for your work and treated fairly Does money change everything, as the old saying goes? If Alicia had won the lottery, then she might understand why her siblings were now treating her a little differently. But all she’d done was become certified as a home health aide so she could receive […]

6 Ways to Get Vision Coverage When You Retire

About 1.3 billion people in the world live with some form of vision impairment. The reasons vary but the fact is, your risk of developing vision problems drastically increases as you age. Over 91% of people age 55+ use some form of vision correction, so having access to quality vision care is critical as you get older. Issues with vision […]

The End-of-Life Doula Movement

A doula shares her role in bringing comfort and empowerment to dying patients. In ancient Greece, doulas were servants who supported women through childbirth. The reemergence of doula work began in earnest during the 1960s, this time featuring trained professionals providing emotional, informational, and physical support. The essence of being “of service” remains. Doulas establish […]

10 SURPRISING EARLY SIGNS OF DEMENTIA

Frequently falling, mismanaging your money, or staring into space? Find out if you should be concerned about Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. Dementia does more than rob people of their memories — research continues to show that this complicated condition is marked by a number of symptoms, especially at the onset. But they’re […]

New Study Shows Benefits of Person-Directed Care in the Home

A new study shows the positive impact of person-directed care on people who need assistance with activities of daily living. A randomized clinical trial published in JAMA Internal Medicine recently found that, “The findings suggest that disability may be modifiable through addressing both the person and the environment.” Let Me Explain A person-directed approach to […]

WHEN IT’S TIME TO SEE A GERIATRICIAN

If you’re in your 60s or 70s, you may have wondered if you should start seeing a geriatrician instead of, or in addition to, your primary care provider. These are family doctors or internists with special training in the health needs of older adults. About 30 percent of people over age 65 need one, according […]