Caregiving

How a caregiver gets a break – respite care

How a caregiver gets a break – respite care

Summer vacation time is a welcomed break.  Vacation expenses for caregivers can be exceptionally high due to the costs of respite care.  Even a day-trip can become an expensive break.  Unfortunately those who need a break the most are also the least likely to take one.  Those caring for an aging relative are often unable to get away, even for a few hours.  Respite […]

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10 Myths of “Warehousing Old People”

10 Myths of "Warehousing Old People"

I’ve heard the phrase ‘warehousing old people’ many times.  Statements such as these need to be stopped and I believe that will happen only through education.  It is a greatly misled statement.  It’s also very hurtful to families as well as to professionals working in health and social services.  Ten myths (there are many more) I’ve addressed about institutional care: 1.  It is impossible […]

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Seniors’ Residences Tell the Story About Longevity – How much greater are women’s risks?

Seniors' Residences Tell the Story About Longevity - How much greater are women’s risks?

Women & Longevity: Women are at much higher risk of living alone because of their longer life expectancy.   Women also tend to marry older men and this further increases the likelihood of being widowed.  This isn’t news.  What is interesting is the degree to which women live alone in retirement senior citizens’ facilities compared to men.  Although the total number […]

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The Financial Implications of Living Alone

The Financial Implications of Living Alone

Living alone is increasingly common at all ages.  Some people never partnered.  Others decide to remain single after the dissolving of a relationship or through the death of a partner.  One relatively new and growing trend is termed – living apart together (LAT).  LATs consider themselves in a committed relationship although they have chosen to retain separate addresses.  Most often, […]

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Innovation – Claris Companion Device

Innovation – Claris Companion Device

The aging of our population is presenting exciting new business opportunities.  Innovative technologies for our homes will be increasingly important in helping us retain independence as we age.  One Canadian company based out of Vancouver – www.clarishealthcare.com has recently released a new technology device, the Claris Companion.  According to their website it: “… makes it easy to communicate with aging […]

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Aging & New Business Opportunities – Eldercare Mediation

Aging & New Business Opportunities - Eldercare Mediation

The aging of the Canadian and the global population will mean new business opportunities across a wide range of industries.  One that caught my eye recently is a counseling or support service for families who are unable to agree on their elder parent’s care.  Even the most caring families may find that a mediator can help.  Misunderstandings can arise about […]

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Gerontologiphobia and other things in ‘Never Say Die’

Gerontologiphobia and other things in 'Never Say Die'

A new word to try out on your friends and colleagues – gerontologiphobia (1).  It refers to the fear of getting older, or a dislike for becoming older.  Our society does not make it easy to age.  Older people talk about becoming invisible as they age.  They are overlooked, undervalued and even discriminated against.  It’s ironic considering the rapid aging […]

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Book Review: Never Say Die – by Susan Jacoby

Book Review:  Never Say Die - by Susan Jacoby

One of the best books I’ve read on aging is the 2011 book from Susan Jacoby – Never Say Die (Random House Inc.).   Ms. Jacoby covers incredible territory related to the realities of aging.  Weaving in historical references, her own life story, medical and social information and a realistic and even blunt perspective makes this well worth the read.  It is time that […]

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Gifting – Question #5 – Ownership of Assets

Gifting - Question #5 - Ownership of Assets

Some people feel that once a person is older they no longer require their assets.  This mislead viewpoint thinks it is fine to being to use the older person’s assets because they will pass away before the assets are required.  Often this perspective is held by individuals who will inherit the remaining assets.  They feel that their current need for […]

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Caring for the aging is not the same as caring for an infant

Caring for the aging is not the same as caring for an infant

The beautifully written piece in the The New York Times by Carol Mithers http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/suddenly-theyre-all-gone/ - “Suddenly, they’re all gone” makes a comparison that I’m uncomfortable with.  I’ve heard this said many times before and I do not agree with it.  The statement in the article is: “Caring for the old is just like parenting an infant…” Ms. Mithers does address the […]

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