Here’s how to get respite care, and sometimes get help paying for it
“Respite care” can be a little difficult to understand. The words don’t make it clear who is being helped. The “care” goes to the person who needs it due to illness or disability. The “respite” — a
How to keep a journal or blog so you can both share memories
By Patricia Corrigan for Next Avenue
So many boomers are finding delight in nurturing grandchildren — and most of us also are amazed that they do grow up quickly. That rarely seemed the case when we were bringing up our own kids.
A traditional baby book stuffed with baby shower napkins,
Make sure you know the signs of life-threatening heat stroke
By Emily Gurnon for Next Avenue
If you’ve ever lived in a hot place without air conditioning, you know how miserable it can be. But getting overheated is more than just unpleasant for older people. It can be dangerous, and even deadly.
That’s why it is important to be aware of
A big dog can cause a fall, so the next one will be smaller
By Jane Gross for Next Avenue
Henry is a 10-year-old standard poodle, weighs 50 pounds, stands 2-feet-3-inches tall and has liver cancer. I am a 67-year-old woman, 5-feet-tall and tipping the scales at 85 pounds — with brittle bones, bad eyes and bursitis in my shoulder.
Certain diseases are often mistaken for others. Know the differences.
It’s no mystery that time and medical conditions may accelerate changes in our bodies as we age. Eventually, some of those changes might make it more difficult to distinguish between certain conditions and the
Tips from a man who did, plus apps and sites that can help you
By Richard Eisenberg for Next Avenue
(Next Avenue is republishing this 2014 blog post, timed to July 4th.)
As the 4th of July nears, what better time to talk about a few ways that could help people in their 50s or 60s declare their financial independence within the next few years?
Things are not always black and white during a health crisis
(This article was provided by The Op-Ed Project, with which the writer is a fellow.)
Sheila was very clear about her wishes for the end of life. She was 88 years old and a former hospice volunteer. When her time came, she wanted no ventilator, no feeding
As an older adult, you have skills that can help — and your brain will thank you
By Bill Ward for Next Avenue
Conventional wisdom holds that the older we get, the harder it is to learn a new language. Which is true — except when it’s not.
Turns out that while our brains might not be as quick or deft as in those halcyon days of youth, all that hard-earned