When a Parent Can No longer Live Alone

Caregiver-with-Elderly-womanThere are few points in life more guaranteed to trigger feelings of guilt, confusion, and worry than when it becomes apparent that our elderly parents can no longer live alone.  While it is true that older Americans are living longer these days, and often in good health and with a great deal of their traditional independence intact, some are not so fortunate. Even ...

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Anger and the Elderly

If you are an adult, either a caregiver or simply an individual with an older person in your life, you may be noticing that that person increasingly seems angry, short-tempered, intolerant, or simply nasty. One of your children may have remarked that “Grandpa is always grumpy,” or is upset because a grandparent reprimanded him or her for making noise, playing the TV too loudly, or making a mess. For many adults with older people in their lives, this can be ...

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Exercising As We Age

Few things are as universally recognized as contributing to overall health as is exercise. Whether you are six or sixty, health care professionals tell us that exercise is an important factor in weight control, maintaining muscle tone, keeping our cardiovascular systems operating at peak function, and many other crucial aspects of health. But for older folks, there are a number ...

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