Most Americans want to grow older in their own homes. What can our government agencies do to help make this possible?
Grief from losing a spouse is magnified by uncertainty about legal and financial matters.
Durable powers of attorney, guardianship, employee responsibilities—all may come into play when a senior loved one needs help.
Boomers have a reputation for being health-conscious, but they and their adult children should know they may need more care than their parents did.
Put a few items on your list of New Year's resolutions that will benefit you well beyond 2016.
How are seniors and society affected by normal age-related changes of memory and thinking?
We hope that our later years will be marked by good health. But our goal should be the best quality of life, even if things turn out differently.
Most of us tend to avoid thinking about our own death. Yet studies show that people who consider their own mortality are more likely to make healthy lifestyle choices. Being in denial does not make us happier or healthier.
Mom has fallen several times. She sometimes forgets to take her medications, the house is obviously not being kept up, and Dad, who has his own health problems, isn't strong enough to help her out of bed or to the bathroom. Family members help out at first, but busy as they are with jobs and other responsibilities, they are quickly overwhelmed by the caregiving and home maintenance tasks. The family realizes that it's time to hire an in-home caregiver.
Many Caring Right at Home readers are baby boomers who are providing care for their elderly parents. When it comes to planning for their own senior years, you would think these savvy people would have great communication with their own adult children! Yet studies show that even baby boomers often avoid these conversations until a health crisis or other challenge to independence arises.