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.
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.
What happens when you agree to provide care for an elderly parent, but your relationship with Mom or Dad has been difficult?
The leading scientific organization in the U.S. calls for greater recognition and support for family caregivers, the bedrock of our elder care system.
Did you know that seniors today consume more alcohol than their counterparts of previous generations? This can put their health at serious risk.
Tiny particles in the air we breathe can damage our heart, lungs and brain. Older adults are at highest risk.
You've always held a holiday party at your house, but now Mom has been diagnosed with dementia. Should you skip it this year?
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?
November is Family Caregivers Month. Learn about a set of "I shoulds" that can make even the most conscientious caregiver feel bad.
More older Americans than ever are working past the traditional age of retirement. How are companies changing to meet their needs?
September 22 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Have you talked about this topic with senior loved ones? How did the conversation go?
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.
Durable powers of attorney, guardianship, employee responsibilities—all may come into play when a senior loved one needs help.
More young adults than ever before live with their parents—who also might be providing support for elderly relatives.
Providing care for a loved one with dementia can significantly raise the caregiver's risk of heart disease, depression, even dementia.
Today's families keep in touch through social media. If older loved ones aren't on board, they can miss out.
When "Mom loved you best!" and "What's best for Mom?" collide, putting aside old resentments is a necessary first step.
The need to spend time with others is a powerful human need, even when a person is living with memory loss.
Many older adults have been left out of the communications revolution, but new senior-friendly technologies promise to remedy that.
Older patients may overstate their ability to take care of themselves after hospital discharge, say experts.
Are you or a loved one moving to a smaller place? Here are some tips to make the process more manageable.
Families often are confused about whether a loved one's Alzheimer’s disease is "in the genes."
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.
If it's not possible to celebrate with your elderly parents, here are some ways to make their day as special as possible.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. Here are some great ways to honor these people who do so much for elderly loved ones.
Apathy is a common symptom of Alzheimer's disease. What can families do when a loved one seems withdrawn from the world around them?
A surprising number of baby boomers are moving. Will their new homes be suitable if their care needs change?
You've overstepped your boundaries when it comes to child-raising advice—now what?
Today, more than half of family caregivers are also in the workforce. How can they successfully balance their two roles?
Grandparents and grandchildren influence each other's physical and emotional well-being in many powerful ways.
New studies reveal the health benefits of living in a neighborhood where we feel connected to others.
Did you know that the baby boom generation has been surpassed in numbers by young people born between 1980 and 2000?
How are seniors and society affected by normal age-related changes of memory and thinking?
Some common concerns you might have while considering professional in-home care for yourself or a loved one.
June is the traditional month for weddings—and often, for Golden Wedding anniversaries. How does marriage affect healthy aging?
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.
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.
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.
It's a tough issue for older adults and the families who worry about them: Are Mom and Dad safe behind the wheel?
The overall divorce rate is dropping. But members of the boomer generation continue to call it quits even as they grow older.
Is telling the truth always the best policy? Professional geriatric care managers offer advice on a sensitive subject.
Few people realize that today millions of children under the age of 18 are providing care for older loved ones.
Here's an innovative new supportive housing option for older adults.
Suddenly, you’re a family caregiver! Now what? Experienced caregivers share some of their secrets.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
In our rapidly aging society, more and more of us find ourselves transitioning into the role of caregiver for an older relative.
These caregivers assist their spouses with medication management and many other medical/nursing tasks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Families may overlook cognitive and behavioral changes that could mean a loved one has Alzheimer's disease.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This infection is more common than you might think—and seniors are at higher risk of dangerous complications.