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Questions to ask before your parent leaves the hospital

Questions to ask before your parent leaves the hospital

The discharge procedure at a hospital is an established process.  Sometimes, however, the process is so routinized that patients and their families assume that they have been told everything they need to know.  On the hospital side, they may assume that patients and...

When Seniors Refuse Post-Hospitalization Help

When Seniors Refuse Post-Hospitalization Help

All too often, older patients get released from the hospital and are fully eligible for help at home but refuse it.  The reasons for this vary, but often it gets down to privacy or pride.  Seniors see their homes as sanctums.  They don’t want strangers invading their...

PTSD Among Family Caregivers

PTSD Among Family Caregivers

We most often hear the acronym PTSD as it relates to those returning from the stresses of battle in a time of war.  As a caregiver for an older adult, you may have recognized some similarities in your own emotional response to your situation.  They are similar in many...

What Does Dementia Look Like?

What Does Dementia Look Like?

When caring for a loved one that is exhibiting “different” behavior, it may be helpful to understand the characteristics of dementia as opposed to less serious behaviors that are associated with natural aging.  If the older adult in your care exhibits one or more of...

Home Care for Stubborn Aging Parents

Home Care for Stubborn Aging Parents

Given a choice, most elders do not want to leave their homes as they age.  They understand their “space” and want to stay in it.  But, aging in place requires acceptance and accommodation.  Sometimes it works out, but it can be challenging. Some seniors stubbornly...

Stress:  When You are the Caregiver

Stress: When You are the Caregiver

The challenges of taking care of an ill or disabled loved one can place significant stress on a family caregiver.  Unfortunately, dealing with daily stress makes caregivers susceptible to health issues themselves. Caregivers often exhibit signs of stress such as high...

Hearing Loss and Social Isolation

Hearing Loss and Social Isolation

While 38 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss, of those who are older than 70, only 30 percent have hearing aids.  While age is the greatest predictor of hearing loss, the average senior waits seven years to address it. The effects of living with...

Are Pets Your Best “Medicine”?

Are Pets Your Best “Medicine”?

Many seniors feel isolated as they get older. They may have lost close friends or family members and there are fewer opportunities to make new friends as they age. Owning a pet can change that – particularly dogs. Since dogs are pack animals, most welcome social...

Avoiding Senior Fraud

Avoiding Senior Fraud

Sadly, seniors are especially vulnerable to fraud.  While fraud affects over 25 million people per year if you are older than 60, you are at an increased risk of being a target.  Fraud comes in many forms.  Some con artists sell fake products and services by email or...