Parkinson’s Disease: How to Move Forward After Diagnosis

Published: February 5, 2018

Mr. and Mrs. Jones are both retired and avid travelers. On a recent trip to New York, Mrs. Jones noticed her husband had a slight shuffle to his walk, which she hadn’t noticed before. Mr. Jones stated that he felt fine; however, his joints were feeling a bit stiff. Mr. Jones attributed it to his… Read More

The Best Gift

Published: December 15, 2017

People, places and things are gearing up for holiday shopping! If the person you’re thinking of is considered an “Older Adult” by AARP, Medicare, or some other entity responsible for the category, you may want to consider “the best gift.” If you are an older person yourself or others consider you “older,” you, like me,… Read More

Changing the Conversation: Ageism

Published: June 27, 2017

Free samples allure us often; it might be down the Costco aisle, a popular television commercial, an ad on social media, or at popular events. At a recent fair I attended, I received a free sample of “anti-aging” products, along with other older adults, who were hooked by the spiel. Normally I would have declined,… Read More

Alcohol & the Older Adult

Published: June 13, 2017

Alcohol has quite the history and not all of it is filled with kittens and puppy dog tails.  In the 1920’s Congress submitted the 18th Amendment, which banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of intoxicating liquors, for state ratification.  Many citizens hated alcohol due to car accidents, addiction, using too much wheat, a decrease in… Read More

How Can An Older Adult Afford Home Care These Days?

Published: May 12, 2017

Mrs. Jenkins is an active older adult in the community. She volunteers at the senior center, drives her neighbors to medical appointments, and was her husband’s primary care giver until his passing. Mrs. Jenkins is on a limited income, does not have long term care insurance, and recently suffered a stroke. In order for her… Read More

Autism—The Latest Research

Published: April 7, 2017

Johnny has been diagnosed with autism. He is 12 years old and non-verbal. Mom and Dad are exhausted because Johnny is not sleeping at night. Johnny regularly goes to school and has one on one help with his studies because he is struggling. Paisley is also 12 years old and has been diagnosed as autistic.… Read More

A Day for Both of You – It’s Called Respite

Published: March 10, 2017

Your spouse has memory difficulties. It may be Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia. You just know that you need some time for yourself. You feel “attached at the hip” and are feeling burdened, tired, and angry. There is little he can do on his own. What can you do? Hire someone to come… Read More

How to Choose Help When It’s Time

Published: March 10, 2017

Driving home after visiting her mother, Lisa knew if her mother was to continuing to live by herself, she would need some help. Fiercely independent all of her life, she’ll say she’s “just fine” but now at 82 she could see a difference. Lisa wants to honor her mother’s wishes to stay at home but… Read More

What are Our Options for Placement?

Published: March 10, 2017

As important as it is to plan ahead for the need for long-term care, things often don’t happen that way. An older adult falls and breaks a hip or has a stroke, and in an instance, their life is changed forever. Suddenly family members are frantically searching for senior care services available in their area… Read More

Would a Family Meeting Help?

Published: January 12, 2017

As older family members develop serious health issues that challenge their ability to remain independent, families often struggle with how to talk about it. The adult children worry about the parents. The older parents recognize their ill health, want to remain in charge of their lives but may not want to burden their children with… Read More