Rudri Patel's Activity

September “senior Sense” Explaining Dementia To Children

“Mom, how come Grandma doesn’t remember my name? I keep repeating it, but she doesn’t recognize me.” For young children, it can be jarring when a grandparent shows signs of decline and suffers from dementia. It is especially difficult when Grandma looks the same physically, but slurs speech, exhibits... more

August “senior Sense” - Are You Your Parent’s Keeper?

Interview with author Jody Gastfriend To understand the nuances of caregiving and how to navigate this uncertain terrain, I had a chance to interview Jody Gastfriend, VP of Senior Care at Care.com about her recent book, My Parent’s Keeper: The Guilt, Grief, Guesswork, and Unexpected Gifts of Caregiving published... more

June "senior Sense": Ease Into Conversations About Aging

“Oh, we are playing Poker tonight.” When I call my seventy-something mom, she always has plans, whether it is a card game, dinner with friends or watching the latest movie in the theater. Aging isn’t a bad word in her vocabulary and she has embraced the ups and downs... more

How I Balanced Motherhood And Being My Father's Hospice Caregiver

How does a family caregiver maintain sanity in this sandwich-generation role? When I was in my 30s, I faced the grueling task of simultaneously caring for my ill father and my 3-year-old daughter. During my father’s home hospice stay, I took it upon myself to make sure that he took... more