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Parent Care: Should Adult Children Split the Cost?

Seniors with good pensions and investment income often opt for the more opulent settings and can pay for the services. It's wonderful to see people be able make these choices without a lot of worrying over finances. However, the average aging couple is not likely to have such an easy time of it. Read more →

3 Triggers for Alcohol Abuse in Elderly

Most seniors, like the rest of the population, don’t abuse alcohol. They’ve gone through their adult lives with an occasional social drink or a glass of wine with dinner. However, life events can cause a senior extra stress that for some may lend to self-medicating through alcohol. Read more →

Long-Distance Caregiving Resources Increasing

Dear Carol: My husband’s parents moved to a warmer climate 12 years ago. My father-in-law had a minor heart attack a few months back and my mother-in-law has developed severe arthritis. We’ve tried to convince them that it’s time to move back to our community so we can offer more help, but they say they are used to their adoptive home and don’t want to move. They still have friends and enjoy activities. My husband and I both have jobs and teenagers in school so we can’t move even if we wanted to. How do we handle the growing needs of his parents? Mary Ann Read more →

The Pros and Cons of Robotic Elder Care

The last two generations have produced far fewer children than our grandparents' generation. This translates into a lack of people who can provide care for our ever-growing aging population. Additionally, as people live longer they often need more care for a longer period of time than in the past. This includes nearly all elders; not just those with Alzheimer's. Read more →

Is Living With Adult Children a First Choice for Seniors?

If people choose to go ahead with intergenerational living, they should mutually lay down ground rules for everything from financial issues to privacy concerns. Of course, if you are moving a dying parent or a loved one with late stage dementia into your home, the situation would be different. In that case, you may be filling a gap in care, or simply want to have your parent close for his or her last few months of life. Read more →

Caregiver Guilt Over Nursing Home Placement

Take time to grieve your loss. Being the primary caregiver for a vulnerable person is a huge responsibility. We need to make decisions about things that often seem to have no right or wrong answers. Yet we have to decide. Once we've done so, there will be consequences, whether that means change, or for a time, life will stay as it is. Read more →

Caregivers Friends May Suddenly Become Scarce

Sometimes it seemed some of them no longer knew how to relate to me. Was it guilt because they saw how rushed I was and they still lived reasonably controlled lives? Or was it fear that one day soon they could be in a situation similar to mine? Whatever the reason, my social life faded. Read more →

One in Three Cases of Alzheimer’s Lifestyle Related

Several large studies have changed the attitude of those who felt that lifestyle didn’t matter when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease. These studies are showing that exercising both body and mind, as well as maintaining a healthy weight may for now be our greatest hope. Read more →

Infections or Medications Can Skew Dementia Diagnosis

Dear Carol: You’ve often cautioned people not to jump to conclusions about dementia saying that a qualified physician like a neurologist should make the diagnosis. I was grateful to have that information at hand when my father started having memory problems. Read more →