Tag Archives: aging parents

Mother’s Day Activities

Mother’s Day celebrations this year may be much different for many families than past years. How can we honor and remember our mothers, grandmothers and the other special women in our lives during COVID-19? We’ll need to look for ways to be creative and loving while practicing social distancing to keep our aging loved ones […]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors

Are you looking for holiday gift ideas for the seniors in your life? So what are you getting for your Mom this Christmas? What are you getting for your Dad? “They already have everything they need”, you say. “They are actually thinking of moving so that they can down size, I don’t want to add […]

Medicare coverage

Medicare coverage choices can be confusing! What is the best plan for you or your loved one? Medicare Open Enrollment is October 15 – December 7, 2019.  With 10,000 boomers turning 65 years old and retiring every day, the topic of healthcare coverage through Medicare is more timely than ever. Do you know that by […]

Dysphagia or difficulty swallowing

Difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia, includes challenges with chewing, swallowing food or liquid. Dysphagia is often related to aging. As with other muscles in the aging body, muscles in the mouth and throat can lose strength and bulk. Sometimes dental problems lead to a decreased ability to thoroughly chew food, which in turn leads […]

The Weight of Caregiver Guilt

The weight of caregiver guilt can be overwhelming. Guilt is a 4-letter word in disguise. It is a bad feeling that can tear us down. As family caregivers we wrestle with feelings of guilt frequently. We give all we have however too often we feel like we have failed. And we doubt ourselves every single […]

Palliative care and hospice care

Hospice and palliative care are two healthcare approaches offering compassionate support  to patients with life limiting illnesses. When a loved one is living with health issues it can be hard for him or her to understand what options may be available to help manage treatment, side effects, advance directive decisions, and decision-making around stopping treatment. […]

Medicare card updates

Medicare card

Medicare is mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare starting in April 2018. Who needs to know this information? You, your elderly neighbor, your aging parent, church members, medical offices, retirement communities, baby boomers, SO MANY PEOPLE! Why is this information about new Medicare cards important? Medicare recipients hand over their Social Security numbers every time […]

5 fun activities for Assisted Living residents

Assisted Living residents’ days tend to be routine and, sometimes, downright boring. Talking with a client’s daughter this morning, we brainstormed a few great ideas for family members and caregivers to inject some fun and novelty in your loved one’s week. Sending and receiving mail (snail mail using paper, pen and a postage stamp) is […]

Sibling rivalry, aging parents and running the emotional gauntlet

Sibling rivalry, also known as competition between sisters and brothers for a parent’s attention, may change over time. Unique relationships can strengthen or weaken on the road from childhood to adulthood. Birth order can create lifelong labels that defy age, education, and experience. With that status often come a pre-defined set of roles. As Jane […]

Adaptive clothing improves life for caregivers and care partners

Caregivers, adaptive clothing for aging loved ones will make your and your care partner’s lives easier. You may think that suggesting an adult bib might embarrass your loved one. Instead, think about a bib as a tool to help keep favorite blouses or shirts stain-free. Buttoning” your own shirt is now possible again for those […]