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Idea for Lonely Elderly Parents: Online Dating!

Many consider aging in place to be ideal. But it can also be lonely.

Elder-care consultant Carolyn Rosenblatt writes at her Forbes blog about an interesting solution she and her husband found for his mother. They signed her up for senior Internet-dating! Though the 87-year-old didn’t connect with anyone online, she eventually met a man in the real world. She’s not interested in falling in love but has found great companionship, Rosenblatt …Read more ›

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Senior Care: How to Figure Out the Finances

If you’ve been looking into senior care, you already know it’s expensive. What you may not have figured out yet is how to pay for it.

The Wall Street Journal covered the financial challenges recently and offered some tips on how to sort through things.

To start, a family member should have power of attorney to help handle an older adult’s finances, among other needs. …

Consider hiring an elder-law attorney. While not cheap, it’s better to …Read more ›

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Nurses Giving Elderly People Free Respite Care, Guidance

Nurses are giving free help to elderly people across the country, reports The New Old Age. In what’s called the  faith-community nurse movement, help is not based on financial need. The nurses trust that if you ask for it, you need it.

The blog reports:

While they do not offer prolonged, direct nursing care, the list of things they do provide is a long one, including finding volunteers to help with driving, providing respite care for …Read more ›

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Could Moving to a Nursing Home Mean More Quality Time?

Accepting that it’s time to move an elderly parent from your home to a nursing home can be difficult. But eldercare expert Barbara McVicker points out that good things can come from it. She writes at her blog:

Your loved one will receive 24-hour quality care. They can socialize with other patients. And now when you go to visit your mom and dad, you can just be there. You’re not there thinking, Oh, my gosh! …Read more ›

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3 Generations Reveal Beauty, Strain of Senior Caregiving

A touching article on the Woman’s Day website highlights the beauty and the strain of caring for an ailing elderly parent.

The article is divided into three parts. The first is by the elderly mother, the second by the caregiver daughter and the third by the long-distance granddaughter.

The caregiver, D.G. Fulford, moved closer to her mother years ago, expecting the move to be short-term. Instead, she ended up staying and eventually caring for her mom. …Read more ›

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TV Special: ABC News to Focus on Aging Relatives This Week

ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer is doing segments about aging and senior care this week, starting tonight. The series is called “Families on the Brink: What to do About Mom & Dad.”

The press release didn’t specify which topic will air when, but a segment about aging in place was listed third, so I assume it’s scheduled for Wednesday. It’s described this way:

THE MEANING OF HOME: For so many, home is their identity, but …Read more ›

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How to Help Senior-Care Villages Spread

One of the newer senior-care ideas is the village model. Members of a community form their own sort of senior-care association, allowing seniors to age in place.

We’ve talked about this concept before, but  elder-care consultant Carolyn Rosenblatt has some advice for people whose elderly parents don’t live in a village area yet. She says at her Forbes blog, Aging Parents:

If your aging parent lives alone or both …Read more ›

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Nursing Homes More Likely to Close in Poor Communities, Study Says

If your aging parents live in a poorer community, don’t be surprised if they have fewer nursing home options these days, suggests a recent study. Between 1999 and 2008, the number of nursing-home beds reduced by 5 percent, reports Booster Shots, a blog from the Los Angeles Times. But the poorest communities lost more than the richest.

Though closures occurred from coast to coast, there were clear patterns with respect to income, race and ethnicity. For …Read more ›

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Family Meetings About Eldercare: 4 Tips for “Dummies”

It seems like there’s a for Dummies book for everything. Did you know there’s even one for eldercare?

If you’re familiar with those books, you know they’re all about clarity. No jargon or hard-to-read phrasing. So it follows that on their website, they feature quick, to-the-point lists with tips for adult children of elderly parents. For example, there’s advice on how to reduce caregiver stress and how to get your elderly parent to accept help.

Here are …Read more ›

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Tips for When an Elderly Parent Moves In With You

If you’re considering having an elderly parent move in, Cindy Laverty has some tips. Above all, have a plan—financially and physically—she says in an interview with

A senior-care consultant and author of Caregiving: Eldercare Made Clear & Simple, Laverty has been through her share of elder-care challenges, she says. She cared for her father-in-law for six years, and her mother has been living with her and her husband for 13.

Just because you are a …Read more ›

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