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Potential Unintended Consequences of Taking on a Caregiving Role

If you are the child of an aging parent, chances are the day will come when you will find yourself in the role of caregiver for them.  While this is all something we hope will never happen, it is realistically a likelihood, and something for which you should be prepared.  When you assume the role […]

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Know Who Is Behind the Door Before You Open It!

On June 18, 2014, KIRO TV in Bellevue, Washington reported that police had arrested U Hyon Yi for targeting and scamming three elderly victims.  He befriended the women, earning their trust by offering to do odd jobs for them around the house.  Once that trust was established, Yi asked to borrow thousands of dollars, starting […]

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Technology and Your Aging Parents

Evolving technology can present challenges for all of us.  If you currently have a senior parent, you are old enough to remember a time before cell phones were ubiquitous, when you needed a floppy disk in order to save information from one computer and place it on another, and cassette tapes were the norm when […]

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Does State Law Require You to Support Your Aging Parent?

The following should not be considered legal advice. Always seek the council of an attorney to help with your particular situation. If you have aging parents, you may have wondered who will pay their bills if they are no longer able to. Filial Responsibility Laws where created in some states which pass the obligation of […]

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Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren

Schools will soon be out for the summer, giving children everywhere the opportunity to spend more time with their grandparents.  If you are grandparent, you are most likely thrilled at this prospect, but perhaps a bit concerned about how to keep your grandchildren entertained while you are together.  Below are some suggestions for both indoor […]

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Celebrating Memorial Day with Your Aging Loved Ones

Memorial Day weekend is often thought of as the unofficial start to the summer season.  Statistic’s from the American Automobile Association (AAA) show that approximately 34 million Americans travel distances 50 miles or more from home to enjoy their holiday weekend.  Over the span of these three days, thousands of parades are held, as well […]

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Celebrating Mother’s Day with an Aging Parent

Mother’s Day is celebrated in the United States on the second Sunday of May each year.  It is a non-religious holiday meant to celebrate mothers, as well as anyone with whom you have experienced a maternal bond.  If your mother is aging, and particularly if she has any physical or mental limitations, you may be […]

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Seasonal Allergies and Seniors

While we all look forward to the more pleasant weather that marks the beginning of spring, for many individuals, the enjoyable climate comes with a price in the form of seasonal allergies.  Sadly, even if you have never experienced seasonal allergies before, you cannot assume you are immune to them. 

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6 Versions of Fitbit for Seniors

If you are looking for something to make your walking workouts more fun and interesting, you may want to know about the Fitbit.  This is a wearable fitness tracker which was introduced in 2008 as sort of modernized version of the pedometer. In May 2014, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an interesting […]

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How to Identify Elder Abuse

If you have entrusted the life of your elderly loved one to a caregiver, it is hard to imagine the person violating that trust by hurting someone you love.  Unfortunately, elder abuse by caregivers is a very real issue.  In 2012, the National Center on Elder Abuse reported that one to two million older Americans […]

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Simple Exercises Seniors Can Do Indoors

One of the most important things seniors can do to maintain their strength, flexibility, and sense of balance is to exercise.  However, it can be difficult to get motivated during the winter months so it’s important to have simple exercises for the elderly that are easy and fun.  The cold, snow, and ice often are […]

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Seniors in 20 States Must Renew Drivers Licenses More Often

In January 2015, the state of Virginia implemented a new law which requires drivers age 75 and over to renew their license in person every five years.  This is change to their previous law, which required drivers 80 and older to renew in person every 8 years.  Virginia is one of 20 states requiring seniors […]

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