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I recently faced the massive task of closing an office and relocating my consulting and writing business to a much smaller location. There were stacks of books and files, office supplies, furniture, and intricate electronics to move and re-connect, and

Out of nowhere comes an emergency phone call: Come quick. Mom fell. Now you are the one who is thrown off balance. Unquestionably the emotional climate surrounding an eldercare emergency is highly charged. Right? You are the suddenly appointed family

When I walked into parents apartment, she was sitting on the sofa with a bag of ice on her arm. She stopped me dead in my tracks, and said, “Aren’t you going to feel sorry for me?” I quickly tried

We all know death will win in the end. Yet, talking about death rarely happens. “The simple view is that medicine exists to fight death and disease, and that is, of course, its most basic task. Death is the enemy. But

Most of the time when I speak to my friends, family or colleagues and ask them how they are doing, there is a standard and quick “Good, thanks.” But when we take a moment to really talk about life, I

We usually think of the bed as a safe place, but bed-related injuries to the skin are unfortunately common. These include bruises from bumping into bed posts and other furniture at night, and bed sores from the inability to change

We all know that driving is directly tied to a person’s independence. Whether you’re a sixteen-year-old setting out on the road for the first time or a senior maintaining their daily routine through driving, access to a car can be

One of the basic needs of humans (other than food and shelter) is the need to feel loved and like we belong. Belonging in the sense that we feel connected and accepted by others. We all have a different level

When eldercare comes knocking on the door, many people run in the opposite direction; but not you. Whether you assumed the job, sought it, or inherited the responsibility out of obligation, even guilt, chances are you accepted—willingly or otherwise—your role

It can be upsetting and frustrating when a loved one with dementia forgets who his/her family members are. Sometimes it’s a case of not being able to recognize faces. Many times I have heard family members say, “He thinks I