Senior Independence: Respecting Your Privacy Two months ago your daughter and her family bought the house next door. While you’re thrilled to have family close by, they have a key and drop by any time they want. How do you tell them to respect your privacy? This is difficult because you don’t want to alienate [...]
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Five Wishes The Five Wishes document helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It is unique among all other living will and health agent forms because it looks to all of a person’s needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. Five Wishes also encourages discussing your wishes [...]
Senior Depression and Loneliness: Dealing with the Loss of Friends You’ve just attended the third funeral of a close friend within a year’s time. The toll of all these losses is starting to wear on you emotionally. You’d like more support from your family, but how do you ask? If you are losing a lot [...]
Mom’s Dating After Being Widowed Sandy is asking if it is appropriate for her mother, who was widowed after 50 years of marriage, to start dating? ~Mary Maxwel Sandy from Charlotte, North Carolina writes “I have a question that I hope you can answer. My father passed away three years ago at the age of 72. [...]
Researchers Say Parkinson’s Drug Helps Seniors With Decision-Making Q. Uncle Charlie is making some questionable decisions that he would never had made 10 or even five years ago, but I don’t think he has dementia. If the trend continues, however, I don’t see how this fiercely independent 79-year-old gentleman can continue to live alone. Any [...]
Drug Combination a Possible Key to Improving Memory Problems Q. Mom appears to be trending toward a gradual descent with the loss of memory. Her doctor, who wants her to see a specialist to get a better idea of what she is facing, believes she’s still safe in her home at 81. I just wish [...]
Too Much Coffee for Dad Could Be Problem Q. My 84-year-old dad is worried about occasional morning incontinence. I asked, “Could it be as simple as cutting back on coffee?” He joked that “it was the beginning of the end for me,” but I don’t think so. Instead of going out for coffee with his [...]
Dieting Doesn’t Seem to Matter for Some Seniors Q. Grandpa George always tells me, “When you are 88, you ought to be able to eat anything you want. Besides, I wouldn’t even know how to fix that healthy stuff.” I disagree with his dietary choices because his mobility is getting worse as he gets heavier, and [...]
Making Friends with Your Computer More seniors are becoming intrigued with internet technology and social networking tools such as Facebook. However, some older adults struggle with basic computer skills. Most communities have a variety of resources that can help seniors get connected and ensure they have the assistance they need to stay safe and independent [...]
End-of-Life Care: What to Do When Hospice Isn’t Enough At a difficult time, when her father was diagnosed with less than six months to live, Beth ran into a frustrating predicament: Since Mom died, Sissy and I make regular trips to visit Dad. Lately, his health has been declining and now he needs hospice care, [...]