Archive for March, 2009

Addressing Inappropriate/Unsafe Behavior in Stroke Survivors

One of the things I found scary after my mother suffered a set of strokes, was her unpredictable behavior and often unsafe/risky practices.  After spending time online and speaking to neurologists, I have learned that this kind of behavior from stroke survivors is very common. The American Stroke Association provides the following guidelines on their […]


AARP Driver Safety Program

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) offers a nationwide program to help millions of drivers remain safe on the roads.  They have offered this program for the past 27 years.  It is offered in two four hour sessions.  Instructors are local volunteers. According to the AARP website, course topics include: negotiating busy intersections minimizing […]


Staying Fit to Drive

It is no surprise that as we age, we run into physical difficulties that make it more difficult to get around and do many of the things we have been doing the majority of our lives.  What many of us do not realize is that many of the little aches and pains we begin to […]


How to reduce stress while helping your parents

If you’ve been helping your parents sort out the vagaries of Medicare, or with their prescriptions, or running errands, or…you know the time it takes out of the day. If you’re of the sandwich generation and are managing kids schedules too, you either have the constitution of Martha Stewart, or don’t feel like you’re doing […]


A Simple Way for a Caregiver to Save Money

We ran across The Caregiver’s Marketplace a while back and wondered if it was worth the effort. After looking into it, I think that depending upon your financial situation, it could very well be a help to the everyday household budget. The Caregiver’s Marketplace is a rebate program for a good number of products that […]


How do you pay for respite care?

Respite care is the provision of short-term, temporary relief to those who are caring for family members who might otherwise require permanent placement in a facility outside the home. Unfortunately there is no default easy way to find funds for respite care. Much of it depends on your unique situation. This post will focus on […]


Senior/Retiree Tax Tips 2009

We’ve seen some good coverage of tips on taxes for seniors and retirees lately. We’ve picked a number of good ones that cover a range of topics. Some of them address filings for this year (2009) and some have to do with strategies for 2009 and beyond. If you have tax questions you need help […]


Who needs a Geriatrician?

Geriatrics is the branch of medicine that focuses on health care of the elderly. A physician who specializes geriatric medicine, a geriatrician, has training and certification in addition to their regular medical training to help them care for older adults and their specific medical needs. According the the The American Geriatrics Society, “geriatricians manage multiple […]


Flying with a Wheelchair

Travel has always been a big part of my Mother’s life.  Once she began to rely on a wheelchair to get around, I became really nervous about how I would be able to travel with her.  I was especially nervous about flying with her on commercial airlines. Fortunately, there are some great tips on the […]


Recognizing Depression in the Elderly

According to the Cleveland Clinic, “depression is not a normal part of aging; but unfortunately, it is very common in the elderly.  Late-life depression affects about 6 million Americans age 65 and older, but only 10 percent receive treatment.”   Medical professionals believe that the elderly frequently confuse depression with the symptoms of other illnesses and […]