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Scamming Seniors in Today’s World

Scamming Seniors in Today’s World

Recently retirees in Colorado Springs, CO received a mailing allegedly from the State of Colorado talking about their recent application for Unemployment Benefits.  Few of the recipients were even working at their age and none of them had applied for unemployment...

Blood Pressure for Seniors: Get an Accurate Read

Blood Pressure for Seniors: Get an Accurate Read

Tracking a senior’s blood pressure between medical appointments is a simple way to get an early read on issues that should not wait until your loved one can see a doctor again.  Getting an accurate read is key to knowing if you have a problem or an insignificant...

When Mom Needs Help

When Mom Needs Help

The call you feared was coming and were thankful every day – until today – that it had not.  Mom has fallen and broken a hip.  The adult siblings have been talking for several years about the condition of the mid-60’s house she lives in.  The “kids” have been helping...

Funding Home Care

Funding Home Care

Many families struggle to afford the care that their older loved ones need.  The alternatives boil down to living at home and having the necessary help come, using the services of nursing homes or moving to an assisted living facility.  By any measure, when possible,...

How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

How Much is “Enough” Therapy?

Many seniors receive therapy at home for various physical, occupational, speech or cognitive issues.  Are they ever “done”?  How much is “enough”? The answer to this question clearly varies from person-to-person, but the simplest answer comes from the recipient.  If...

A Surprising Key to Successful Aging: A Dog

A Surprising Key to Successful Aging: A Dog

When you consider the challenges of growing older, a variety of unhappy situations can come to mind.  Loneliness as we have less exposure to family and friends is one.  Less activity may lead to feeling less self-worth.  A life of responsibility becoming one of...

Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores) Represent Real Risk for Seniors

Pressure Ulcers (Bed Sores) Represent Real Risk for Seniors

Pressure ulcers, more commonly called "bed sores", represent a preventable and treatable issue for seniors, but caregivers must be vigilant to monitor for the potential of this malady.  Further, these wounds can happen in places other than beds.  They can appear and...

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Depression During Covid

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES: Depression During Covid

Even as the vaccine is now available to an increasing number of seniors, logical protections are still in place that have kept seniors isolated over the past year.  The psychological distress that has been a by-product of isolation due to necessary social distancing...

Your ‘Need-to-Know’ Book

Your ‘Need-to-Know’ Book

In a previous column we talked about the challenges of being a long-distance caregiver. The subject matter dealt with knowing as much as possible when the caregiver is not local. One key component that should be added to the list of things a long-distance caregiver...

Long Distance Caregiving

Long Distance Caregiving

Caregiving in-person can be physically exhausting.  Caregiving long distance can be mentally tortuous. When you are responsible for a loved one (or feel you should be) and you cannot see first-hand what the situation is, it can be very stressful. You may call and your...