In-Home Care Helps Seniors Manage Diabetes

Family are often called upon to help an older loved one monitor their blood sugar, take their insulin, and follow a diabetic diet. This can be stressful for everyone!

A Time to Give and a Time to Give Thanks

The twin impulses of generosity and gratitude benefit our mental and even physical health. More good news: They both increase with age.

Five Signs a Family Caregiver Needs Help

When should you worry about a friend who is providing care for an elderly loved one?

Should You Quit Your Job to Care for a Loved One?

Before making the decision, consider the pros and cons, and optional solutions.

Five Caregiver Pet Peeves

The brother who never visits … the friend who does, but ignores your loved one … the "swooper" … If you have a friend or family member who is caring for an elderly loved one, you'll want to check out this list of things not to do.

For Seniors, Delirium Is a Hospital Hazard

Families should learn the symptoms of this condition so they can alert medical personnel if needed.

"I'm Not a Caregiver … Yet!"

Planning ahead for caregiving is an important part of healthy aging.

Men Underestimate Their Risk of Osteoporosis

June 12 – 18, 2017, is National Men’s Health Week, a great time to remind the dads, husbands, sons and the other men in our lives to be screened for this potentially debilitating condition.

June 15 Is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Senior care experts call for increased resources to fight this growing crime.

Supporting Family Caregivers After a Loved One's Stroke

Rehabilitation helps stroke survivors recover. In-home care helps families help their loved one.

When a Senior Loved One Has a Gambling Problem

Casinos today cater to older adults. For some, it's a pleasant day betting a few dollars. But for others, it's a serious habit.

In-Home Care Supports Good Nutrition for People With Alzheimer's

March Is National Nutrition Month, a good time to focus on the special dietary challenges of seniors who are living with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.

When the Caregiving Dynamic Is Complicated

What happens when you agree to provide care for an elderly parent, but your relationship with Mom or Dad has been difficult?

Science Organization With 300 Nobel Laureates Confirms: Caregivers Need Help

The leading scientific organization in the U.S. calls for greater recognition and support for family caregivers, the bedrock of our elder care system.

Was "Drink Less Alcohol" on Your List of New Year’s Resolutions?

Did you know that seniors today consume more alcohol than their counterparts of previous generations? This can put their health at serious risk.

Protecting Senior Loved Ones From Air Pollution

Tiny particles in the air we breathe can damage our heart, lungs and brain. Older adults are at highest risk.

Hosting the Holidays When Your Loved One Has Alzheimer’s Disease

You've always held a holiday party at your house, but now Mom has been diagnosed with dementia. Should you skip it this year?

Wintertime Wellness for Senior Loved Ones

Icy sidewalks, power outages, and darker days that can lead to depression … what can we do to help our elderly relatives stay safe and healthy during the winter months?

Seven Myths That Lead to Caregiver Guilt

November is Family Caregivers Month. Learn about a set of "I shoulds" that can make even the most conscientious caregiver feel bad.

A Labor Day Salute to Senior Workers

More older Americans than ever are working past the traditional age of retirement. How are companies changing to meet their needs?

The Complex Family Dynamics of Fall Prevention

September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Have you talked about this topic with senior loved ones? How did the conversation go?

Talking About Suicide With Senior Loved Ones

Older adults are at higher risk of suicide, and this age group also is the least likely to bring up the subject with family, friends or their doctor.

Stepping In, Stepping Up: Legal Issues for Family Caregivers

Durable powers of attorney, guardianship, employee responsibilities—all may come into play when a senior loved one needs help.

Budget Tips for the Sandwich Generation


More young adults than ever before live with their parents—who also might be providing support for elderly relatives.

Seven Stress-Busting Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers

Providing care for a loved one with dementia can significantly raise the caregiver's risk of heart disease, depression, even dementia.

Helping Senior Relatives Get the Hang of Facebook

Today's families keep in touch through social media. If older loved ones aren't on board, they can miss out.

When Family Members Disagree About Elder Care

When "Mom loved you best!" and "What's best for Mom?" collide, putting aside old resentments is a necessary first step.

Preserving Social Connections When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's

The need to spend time with others is a powerful human need, even when a person is living with memory loss.

Online Buzz: Touchscreen Tech Trends Are Helping Grandparents Connect!

Many older adults have been left out of the communications revolution, but new senior-friendly technologies promise to remedy that.

Is This Senior Patient Ready to Go Home?

Older patients may overstate their ability to take care of themselves after hospital discharge, say experts.

If It's Time to Downsize

Are you or a loved one moving to a smaller place? Here are some tips to make the process more manageable.

Alzheimer's Disease Caregivers Ask: "Am I at Risk?"

Families often are confused about whether a loved one's Alzheimer’s disease is "in the genes."

Home Care Helps Seniors Who Are Living With Heart Failure

Exercise, diet and ongoing medical monitoring ensure the best quality of life for seniors with heart failure—yet the condition makes it hard to do these things.

When You Can't Be Home for the Holidays

If it's not possible to celebrate with your elderly parents, here are some ways to make their day as special as possible.

Showing Appreciation for Family Caregivers

November is National Family Caregivers Month. Here are some great ways to honor these people who do so much for elderly loved ones.

Activities to Encourage Engagement in People With Dementia

Apathy is a common symptom of Alzheimer's disease. What can families do when a loved one seems withdrawn from the world around them?

Many Boomers Want to Age in (a New) Place


A surprising number of baby boomers are moving. Will their new homes be suitable if their care needs change?

Online Buzz: Grandparents Mending Fences

You've overstepped your boundaries when it comes to child-raising advice—now what?

When Family Caregiving Is Your Second Job

Today, more than half of family caregivers are also in the workforce. How can they successfully balance their two roles?

Ten Healthy Ways to Celebrate National Grandparents Day

Grandparents and grandchildren influence each other's physical and emotional well-being in many powerful ways.

Home Care Supports Our Senior Neighbors

New studies reveal the health benefits of living in a neighborhood where we feel connected to others.

Online Buzz: The Millions of Millennials

Did you know that the baby boom generation has been surpassed in numbers by young people born between 1980 and 2000?

Diverse group of seniors bowling

Preparing for a Nation of Older Brains

How are seniors and society affected by normal age-related changes of memory and thinking?

Right at Home caregiver doing laundry with client.

When the Time Comes for Home Care: Five Things to Know

Some common concerns you might have while considering professional in-home care for yourself or a loved one.

Marriage in the Golden Years

June is the traditional month for weddings—and often, for Golden Wedding anniversaries. How does marriage affect healthy aging?

Five Brain Health Reminders for Family Caregivers

Family caregivers do so much for their loved ones that they sometimes neglect their own health—and that could put them at higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Paying for In-Home Care

Home care helps millions of seniors remain safe and independent in their own homes. Most families pay for home care themselves, but they should be aware of all their options.

Talking to Senior Loved Ones About Scams

Every year, older adults lose billions of dollars to con artists. But there's an art to having a cautionary conversation on this topic with elderly relatives.

Online Buzz: Elderly Drivers and Road Safety

It's a tough issue for older adults and the families who worry about them: Are Mom and Dad safe behind the wheel?

Online Buzz: Baby Boomers Still Divorcing at a High Rate

The overall divorce rate is dropping. But members of the boomer generation continue to call it quits even as they grow older.

Should You Tell a "Fiblet" to a Parent With Dementia?

Is telling the truth always the best policy? Professional geriatric care managers offer advice on a sensitive subject.

The Youngest Caregivers

Few people realize that today millions of children under the age of 18 are providing care for older loved ones.

Online Buzz: Backyard, High-Tech Cottages for Seniors Provide Peace of Mind for Caregivers

Here's an innovative new supportive housing option for older adults.

Eight Tips for New Caregivers

Suddenly, you’re a family caregiver! Now what? Experienced caregivers share some of their secrets.

Having the Talk About Home Care

Professional in-home care agencies report an uptick in information calls in early January. The reason? The holidays are the time when out-of-town relatives are most likely to visit their elderly loved ones—and to realize that these seniors need help!

Why Does My Loved One Rummage and Hide Things?

When a person is living with Alzheimer's disease or a related condition, family caregivers are often troubled by changes in the way their loved one acts. These changes, sometimes referred to as "behaviors" or "negative behaviors," are better considered for what they truly are: expressions of the person's needs, as distorted by the effects of the disease. Empathy and understanding that there may be a rational reason behind seemingly irrational actions helps caregivers devise strategies for preserving their loved one's safety and dignity while making things easier for family.

When Your Loved One Comes Home From the Hospital

Maybe you've heard the term "quicker and sicker"? It’s true that patients are discharged from the hospital sooner these days after surgery or an illness.

Getting More Caregiving Help From Your Siblings

When the needs of aging parents change, one adult child often ends up doing the lion's share of the caregiving. Maybe this child lives nearby while others don't. Maybe she gets along better with Mom or Dad. Maybe he is in a better position to ask for flextime at work. Gender assumptions might be a factor—Princeton University researcher Angelina Grigoryeva recently confirmed that in the U.S., daughters still provide more than twice the amount of care to aging parents.

Online Buzz: Take a Trip, You'll Live Longer

Summer is almost over and the kids are heading back to school. For empty nesters, fall is the perfect season to take a vacation! Popular destinations and attractions are not as crowded, while the weather is still pleasant.

Deciding to Serve as a Family Caregiver: Eight Factors to Consider

In our rapidly aging society, more and more of us find ourselves transitioning into the role of caregiver for an older relative.

Spouse Caregivers in Sickness and in Health

These caregivers assist their spouses with medication management and many other medical/nursing tasks.

Seven Great Ways In-Home Care Keeps Seniors Connected

From time to time, the Caring Right at Home newsletter has highlighted the ongoing research of University of Chicago’s Dr. John Cacioppo, whose groundbreaking work on the effect of loneliness has changed how we think about how seniors spend their time. Dr. Cacioppo has shown that loneliness is highly stressful for humans, raising the risk of hypertension, sleep disorders, depression and even Alzheimer’s disease.

People With Dementia and Family Caregivers Need More Help

An estimated 5.4 million people in the United States have Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, and 70 percent—most with mild to moderate dementia—are cared for in the community by family members and friends.

Exercise? But I'm a Family Caregiver!

Family caregivers are some of the busiest people around! These people who provide care for elderly or disabled relatives spend hours making sure their loved one is safe and well-cared for, often juggling work and other family responsibilities. Extra time to spend on their own needs is a scarce commodity.

Online Buzz: Spousal Family Caregivers

For many couples, the "in sickness and in health" marriage vow plays out later in life with one of the spouses caring for the other. Perhaps an older spouse faces a chronic medical condition like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease or is recovering from a stroke or undergoing cancer treatment. Whenever an elderly husband or wife takes on a greater care role for the other spouse, a number of physical, emotional and financial challenges can occur.

Do Caregivers Delay the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease?

Families may overlook cognitive and behavioral changes that could mean a loved one has Alzheimer's disease.

Online Buzz: Is Your Senior Loved One's Money Safe?

At first, the signs of misuse of a senior’s finances may seem quite innocuous—an unpaid bill or purchase of an item the older person doesn’t need. However, these may be initial warning signs that can lead to large or unexplained bank account withdrawals or transfers, unfamiliar signatures on checks and documents, and changes in banks, attorneys or wills.

Alzheimer's Caregiving: Can You Help Too Much?

A common misperception is that most people with Alzheimer’s disease live in nursing homes or other care facilities. While supportive living communities provide a safe living environment for many people with dementia, the majority live at home, supported by our nation’s 15 million Alzheimer’s family caregivers.

Improving Family Dynamics With In-Home Care

Today’s family structure is more diverse than ever before. Families come in all shapes and sizes, from traditional nuclear families to multigenerational households to collections of people who choose to live as a family. Just as families are changing, caregiving also is changing. But one thing never changes: Older adults value their independence. Yet many seniors need help from others to be safe at home. They rely on spouses, adult children and other relatives who provide hands-on assistance and coordinate their care.

Aging at Home ... With Robots?

Robots have the potential to help older adults with daily activities that can become more challenging with age. But are people willing to use this new technology? A study by the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates the answer is yes, unless the tasks involve personal care or social activities.

Fighting the Stigma of Alzheimer's Disease

A recent report from Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) focused on negative attitudes about the disease and the impact on people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, as well as the effect on their families.

Norovirus: What Seniors and Caregivers Should Know

This infection is more common than you might think—and seniors are at higher risk of dangerous complications.