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Holiday Gift Ideas for Seniors: Meaningful and Cheap!

Holiday gift budgets can be tight when you’re paying for elder care. Plus, you may not want to contribute clutter if a move is in the cards. Thankfully, those issues don’t preclude a thoughtful gift. Some of the best are cheap and clutter-free. Like the gift of time.

Elder-care author Joy Loverde has come up with a wonderful list of creative time-gifting ideas, such as:

  • Picture this. Offer to organize their photograph collection. Buy new photo …Read more ›
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Help for Caregiver Guilt: Consider In-Home Care

A reader called “Resentful and Guilty” feels torn between responsibilities to an elderly mom and teenage kids. Sound familiar? It’s the lament of many who belong to the sandwich generation.

At, marriage and family therapist David McMillian offers tips to help ease the burdens. The reader wants the mom to be able to stay in her house for as long as she can. So one solution is in-home care.

Often, caregivers include a mix of …Read more ›

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Tip on Helping Aging Parents With Finances: Get Your Tax Breaks!

If you’re helping support your elderly parents, “talk to your accountant because you might be entitled to tax breaks,” write business advisors Tom Cooney and Crystal Faulkner at They offer this tidbit in their tips on how to help your parents deal with their finances. Of course,

Whether your parents ask you to help them with their finances or if it becomes necessary for you to take over the administration of your parents’ finances, …Read more ›

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New Concepts in Memory Care: Pets, Kids and Clubs

We’ve covered some ways senior care is evolving these days. Plenty of traditional facilities exist, but new designs and philosophies are also emerging.

On her website, Transition Aging Parents, blogger Dale Carter featured one such organization recently. Silverado Senior Living has memory-care communities in Arizona, California, Texas and Utah. Carter calls them “unique and special.” She points out, among other things:

  • When you enter their building, you will enter what looks like a living room, not …Read more ›
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Nursing Homes: Common Complaints, From an Insider

There are lots of lists about what to look for when shopping for nursing homes, but sometimes it’s good to hear straight from the people who work in them too.

Psychologist Eleanor Feldman Barbera consults in long-term care facilities and blogs about improving nursing homes. She did a series of posts on “Residents’ Top 5 Complaints About Nursing Homes.” Though she writes with a professional elder-care audience in mind, if …Read more ›

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Tip for When an Aging Parent Doesn’t Want to Move

Did you get to see your aging parents this Thanksgiving? How are they?

Sometimes, a holiday visit brings stark realization about elderly loved ones’ health. Or it can mark the continuation of strained talks about care.

Geriatric care manager Lindi Fodrini-Johnson recently covered a tip for one type of disagreement at her blog: if you think your aging parents need to move but they refuse, suggest a trial run.

It is sometimes good to enlist the help …Read more ›

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Happy Thanksgiving! How Seniors Can Cook With More Ease

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you’re chowing down somewhere and enjoying this day of gratitude.

Judy Hammill, of Charlotte, N.C., has a big thing to be thankful for this year: her brand new universal-design kitchen. She won an AARP contest and got a remodel.

Since so much of Thanksgiving centers around the kitchen, if you’re with aging parents and notice some trouble they’re having, perhaps this video of the remodel could help you come …Read more ›

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Thanksgiving With Aging Parents: What to Keep an Eye Out For

Happy day before Thanksgiving!

If you’re going to see your aging parents tomorrow, that’s a prime time to make sure they’re in good condition, experts say. Here are some warning signs to watch for, from Dorland Health’s Senior Services Report:

  • Confusion, repeating themselves, memory problems
  • Being unstable
  • Weight change
  • Mood problems; being aggressive or agitated
  • Being disorganized or unkempt

If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak …Read more ›

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Flying With Seniors for Thanksgiving? Why This Year Could Be Crazier

Tomorrow—the day before Thanksgiving—is one of the busiest travel days of the year. And this year, it may be even more interesting at some airports, given the furor over body scanners and thorough pat-downs going on right now, notes Kaye Swain, who runs If you’re traveling with an aging parent who has mobility issues, you might want to keep this in mind, she says.

he concerns and reactions from passengers could actually impact timely …Read more ›

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Tip for Beginning Caregivers: Involve the Family Now

When you’re just starting to help your aging parent who needs senior care, you may want to be able to do it all. Don’t try, a recent post at The Women on the Web suggests. Get the family involved upfront.

While you might be the one to take the initiative of beginning the caregiving conversation, especially if you feel you will become the primary caregiver, you’ll want to make sure to include your siblings, your …Read more ›

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