Monthly Archives: June 2015

The unexpected benefits of volunteering in nature

VolunteerNatureWhen ‘citizen scientists’ help gather data, they don’t get paid, but the rewards are priceless

By Akiko Busch for Next Avenue

There’s something innately restorative to the human spirit about watching the flow of water in a stream, and this is especially true in spring. The frozen landscapes and frigid temperatures of the winter READ MORE

How Sharing a Life Story Helps Dementia Caregivers

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If you’re the primary caregiver of a person with dementia, you know your loved one’s likes and dislikes. You can read their moods. You know their routines and the people in their world. Nobody can care for them the same way you do. But the act of sharing your loved one’s life story empowers others to better understand his or her traits, to connect and to provide better dementia care. In turn, you receive peace of mind when you take time for yourself.

Conveying personal info lets others connect with your loved one

By Mike Good for Next Avenue

One day while I was volunteering at a local adult day care, we had a new visitor who was confused and very unhappy that her daughter had left her there with us. She was agitated and was trying to leave.

Luckily, READ MORE

What You Can Do to Curb Elder Financial Abuse

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There’s no way to guarantee your aging parents won’t fall victim to elder financial abuse, but there is one thing you can do to help cut the odds: Be sure they’re discussing their finances with someone they (and you) can trust.

An Allianz study shows what separates the victims from the vigilant

By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue

There’s no way to guarantee your aging parents won’t fall victim to  READ MORE

When should you push for a Geriatric Assessment?

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A geriatric assessment can help you figure out the level of care your loved one needs.

Taking a team approach can net the best results for your parents

By Eileen Beal, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, for Next Avenue

Navigating the maze of eldercare options can be challenging. A geriatric assessment can help you figure out the level of care your loved one needs.

“The phrase geriatric READ MORE