The Paperwork of Caregiving

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents

Senior Woman At Desk Working In Home Office With LaptopBy Stephanie Choate

When someone is in the last stages of an illness—or suffers a sudden medical crisis—families can be left facing baffling questions about medical care.  Read more

Making Connections Through Remembered Joy

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

Grandmother SketchBy Trudy Lyon

I remember as a child sitting with my grandmother sorting through vegetable and flower seeds each spring. She would start looking forward to planting her gardens and what if anything she would add new to her already large garden patches. She would reminisce about how her flowers and vegetables grew the previous year and what did well and what did not.

When my grandmother developed dementia and was no longer living in her home, we would take her flowers or go for walks in the neighborhood to look at other people’s flowerbeds. She could no longer remember the names of most of the flowers she had once planted and watched grow in her backyard, but she still loved looking at them. Later, as the dementia progressed and she was not able to get out and around, my sister, who has been a caregiver for as long as I can remember, would take in books or magazines that featured beautiful gardens and numerous varieties of flowers.  Read more


July 24, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents

The next step in the planning process is an advanced care directive.  Read more

Two-Thirds of Seniors Have Been Scammed Online

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Savvy Senior

Burlington Area Senior Care Experts Offer Senior Cybersecurity, Online Fraud Prevention Tips

Financial and online fraud against aging adults are now considered the “crimes of the century” by the National Council on Aging. Scammers often target seniors because of perceived accumulated wealth, and feel that seniors are less likely to report crimes due to fear of embarrassment. Read more

Sanders Pushes for Social Security Expansion

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

“Anyone who tells you Social Security is going broke is lying. We can increase Social Security benefits for millions of Americans and extend the life of Social Security if we have the political will to tell the wealthiest Americans to pay the same rate as everyone else.”
 - Bernie Sanders

“Anyone who tells you Social Security is going broke is lying. We can increase Social Security benefits for millions of Americans and extend the life of Social Security if we have the political will to tell the wealthiest Americans to pay the same rate as everyone else.”
 – Bernie Sanders

Earlier this year, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced legislation to expand Social Security benefits and strengthen the retirement program. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced a companion bill in the House. Read more

Staying Young In Spirit In Retirement

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

flyfish2006Mohr Keet of South Africa bungee jumped when he was 96, landing himself in the Guinness Board of World Records.

Yuichiro Miura of Japan climbed Mount Everest when he was 80. Read more

Protect Yourself From Online Charity Scams

January 3, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Money

Unfortunately, this time of year is prime time for charity scams. Many of us will be making our end of the year charity donations and scammers know this. Before you think your money is going towards a noble cause, make sure it isn’t going into the hands of a real-life Grinch. As the Internet is such a popular place for giving, it’s also a feeding ground for scammers. Many set up fake charities to collect donations for themselves from compassionate people who want to help others.

Here are some ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim to a charity scam: Read more

Traveling can be very good for the elderly – when planned correctly

November 17, 2016  
Filed under Aging Parents

Holiday travel to visit family or friends can be rewarding at any age, but an expert at Baylor College of Medicine says that for the elderly, it is an extra special occasion, especially with the proper planning.
“I always encourage people to travel,” said Dr. Angela Catic, assistant professor in the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor. “Travel is something that people find very pleasurable, and visiting loved ones at the holidays can be very meaningful.”
While traveling can be a great opportunity for elder adults, Catic advises those who plan on traveling during the holidays to plan accordingly. “Traveling can sometimes be physically strenuous, so it’s important for an elder adult and caretaker to remember to take frequent breaks when on the road or in a plane,” she said.
When preparing for a road trip, Catic suggests planning extra time to stop and get out of the car to walk around and stretch your legs. If you plan on boarding an airplane, she recommends booking seats with enough leg room to move around, and also taking opportunities to get up and walk up and down the aisles.
She advises caretakers and elder adults to be overly prepared when traveling with medication. “The most important issue when dealing with medication management and travel is to always take extra medication. Sometimes we may stay on vacation longer than we anticipate, so you want to make sure that you don’t run out of your medicine. For someone who is traveling by plane, it is important to pack your medication in your carry on so you don’t risk losing your luggage and medication,” she said.
Packing appropriate clothing is essential to being comfortable on a trip. Catic says elder adults are more susceptible to getting cold, so when packing they should pack extra layers to remain as comfortable as possible during their trip. She also says that caretakers and elderly adults should be aware of who they are traveling with and what they might need during their trip to ensure it is safe and comfortable environment.
“Most of the time, elder adults do very well when they travel. There isn’t one size fits all advice I would give when it comes to traveling with the elderly. I think it depends on the elder who is traveling and what their specific needs are,” she said.

Survey: Vermonters Concerned about Utility Rates and Representation

October 25, 2016  
Filed under Aging Parents, News

BURLINGTON, VT – Most Vermonters have expressed concern about utility costs and stress the need for better ratepayer representation in regulating power companies and setting rates, according to survey data  just released by AARP Vermont. The responses also revealed that many ratepayers would vote for a candidate that supports implementation of an independent ratepayer advocacy office.  The findings were part of opinion surveys conducted by AARP of Vermonters over age 35 as well as an AARP member survey. Read more

12-Year Old Develops App for Alzheimers’ Sufferers

September 15, 2016  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness, News

Emma Yang, 12, created the 'Timeless' app to help those with Alzheimer's, like her grandmother (Contributed photo)

Emma Yang, 12, created the ‘Timeless’ app to help those with Alzheimer’s, like her grandmother (Contributed photo)

By Gary M. Kaye, Chief Content Officer, Tech50+ (

In recent years I’ve come across a number of instances in which students have developed devices and apps to help seniors and the disabled, among them the engineering competition known as the Cornell Cup sponsored by Intel. But I was genuinely impressed by the creation of 12-year-old Emma Yang. Emma was one of the recipients of the “Ten Under Twenty” innovation awards announced at this year’s CE Week conference in New York. Her creation, called “Timeless” is an app that serves to help Alzheimer’s patients, their caregivers and their families. Read more

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