Giving up the car keys

To many older people, and younger ones, too, driving is an active symbol of independence. Giving up the keys is a huge event, and one with which loved ones struggle. If you are concerned about an aging relative’s ability to drive safely, it is critically important to address the issue before an accident happens. In…

Family Caregivers: It’s OK to Ask for Help

It is a tremendous responsibility to provide care for an aging loved one. It’s important to recognize the need of care for the caregiver, too. This is an extremely stressful time in anyone’s life, and an appropriate amount of respite time away is necessary for regenerating energy, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in the caregiver.…

Caregiving for a Loved One

Caregiving for a loved one is an occupation that changes with the times. As seniors are living longer with better health care and lifestyles, many of us who are almost (or are) seniors ourselves are more and more becoming caregivers for parents, spouses, and others. The growth in the senior population means that the need…

HEAR’S what you could be missing

“Eh, what did you say?” “Would you mind repeating that?” “I didn’t catch the last of your comment.” Sound familiar? Oh yes, for far too many of us! I started to lose my hearing when I was in my fifties. It was hereditary loss, an unappreciated gift from my mother. I was working as a…

Gone, but not forgotten

Have you watched your circle of friends grow smaller as the years go by? Does your world seem to be shrinking? The older we get, the more of our friends and loved ones leave us. It gets even tougher during the holidays when we gather in familiar groups which have met for years, and some…

It’s not about stuff

“Mom, what can we get you for Christmas – you never seem to want anything?” There is a time in our lives when gifts are really important. Both giving or receiving that perfect something which we really love or which we know our special person will really love, can make our Holiday. As age sets…