January Doesn’t Have to Be Dry and Discouraging

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While “Dryuary” or Dry January seems like a relatively new trend, it’s origins date back much earlier. Even the New York Times showcases the activities around when Prohibition began (Jan. 17, 1920.) January is also a month where people re-consider their over-indulgences in food and drink then hit the gyms or yoga mats and buy … Continue reading January Doesn’t Have to Be Dry and Discouraging

Caregiving is a marathon. Make sure you have the right people in your lifeboat.

Being a caregiver can be lonely. Over time, friends and family may start to fade away or your involvement with your elder can become more and more time consuming. Your world can begin to feel very small. As you encounter tricky situations, you might struggle to know how to navigate them gracefully. This caregiving race … Continue reading Caregiving is a marathon. Make sure you have the right people in your lifeboat.

Is it Time for Help? Knowing When Your Aging Loved One Can’t Go it Alone Anymore

The holiday season is typically the time when families and friends visit aging loved ones more than during the year. Frequently, this is also the time when they discover troubling changes in health, behavior or physical appearance of their elder loved one. Many will discover their aging loved one now needs more help or attention … Continue reading Is it Time for Help? Knowing When Your Aging Loved One Can’t Go it Alone Anymore

Last Minute Thanksgiving Tips for Hosting Aging Adults

If your Thanksgiving holiday is fortunate enough to include multiple generations at the dinner table, here are some simple tips for keeping aging loved ones engaged, comfortable and safe during holiday celebrations. Last Minute Thanksgiving Tips for Hosting Aging Adults By Lisa Mayfield, MA, LMHC, GMHS, CMC – Aging Life Care Association® President When planning … Continue reading Last Minute Thanksgiving Tips for Hosting Aging Adults

Planning for Disaster: Evacuation Tips for Aging Adults

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No matter how much planning one does before a natural disaster—be it a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, fire, or flood—its arrival can often feel like a complete surprise. And for aging seniors, evacuating often comes with its own set of difficulties. With hurricane season still in effect and early winter storms blanketing parts of the country … Continue reading Planning for Disaster: Evacuation Tips for Aging Adults

Caring for a Spouse – Navigating the Aging Journey Together

At some point along the path of life, we step into the path of being a caregiver; we expected this as we became parents or as our own parents aged.  But when we married someone, this role was not delineated in our dreams or vision of our vows of “from this day forward!” Our partners … Continue reading Caring for a Spouse – Navigating the Aging Journey Together

Trip Tips for Older Travelers with Health Considerations

Trip Tips for Older Travelers with Health Considerations By Amanda Lewis, BA, CMC, Certified Care Manager, Aging Wisdom, LLC Summer is a wonderful time for traveling. Neither age nor health should keep you from going on a vacation. With some thoughtful planning, a trip to visit with family and friends or to visit specific destinations … Continue reading Trip Tips for Older Travelers with Health Considerations

Aging Well: Lifestyle Choices Enhance Brain Health

Courtesy Frye Art Museum. Photo: Jonathan Vanderweit. By Keri Pollock Lifestyle choices are some of the most effective and easiest ways to enhance brain health. What we eat, how we spend our free time, how much physical activity and social enrichment we engage in, all play a part. And anything positive you do for your … Continue reading Aging Well: Lifestyle Choices Enhance Brain Health

Creative Planning: Life Insurance Policy Can Help Pay for Care

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By Lisa Rehburg Healthcare and long term care expenses can be significant as we age.  An article in the May edition of  The CPA Journal explained that “50% of individuals over age 85 will need assistance with daily functioning because of medical problems (both physical and cognitive), and chronic care at home, in an assisted … Continue reading Creative Planning: Life Insurance Policy Can Help Pay for Care

Caring for the Caregiver: Emotional Support After a Loved One’s Dementia Diagnosis

By Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC When a parent or spouse can no longer do what they did yesterday, it becomes another transition for the primary caregiver and for the extended family. These transitions catch us off guard and an overwhelming sense of loss and grief is experienced by the primary care provider.  They often … Continue reading Caring for the Caregiver: Emotional Support After a Loved One’s Dementia Diagnosis