Senior care planning blog

November “Senior Sense”: 6 Simple Ways to Make a Home Safe for Seniors to Age In

By Marisa Cohen   Enjoying post-retirement in the home you raised your children in — or in the comfy condo you bought when the kids flew the coop — is the dream for many seniors. But age brings physical and cognitive changes that can make staying at home a challenge... more

October “Senior Sense”: Self Care Tips for Alzheimer's Caregivers on the Brink of Burnout

Caregiving for a family member with Alzheimer’s or dementia is a full-time commitment. Even if you’re not living with your loved one full time, you may worry constantly and be on edge every time the phone rings. You might feel guilty about time spent away or taking care of yourself, and you may feel... more

What an elder law attorney does — and why you might need one

There are now more than 40 million Americans over the age of 65, and that number is steadily increasing. In lockstep with greater longevity, the availability — and complexity — of federal programs created to assist the aging population is also growing. That’s where an elder law attorney can help. An... more

Preventing senior caregiver burnout: What to watch for and how to cope

When you’re caring for a loved one who is aging or ill, people will often say things like “You’re so brave” or “I couldn’t do what you do.” But most of the time, you don’t feel especially brave or heroic. Although caregiving for a senior can be incredibly rewarding... more

Checklist: Everything you need to do after someone dies

After a loved one dies, it can be hard to think of anything beyond your immediate sadness and grief. But this emotional time is also crowded with logistics and practical matters. Use this checklist to help you move through all the steps you need to take when someone dies. Immediately... more

July “Senior Sense”: How to Juggle Parent and Kid Care in the Summer Months

By Liz O’Donnell Navigating life in the sandwich generation is tough enough during the cooler fall, winter and spring seasons, but the challenge becomes even greater during summer. That’s because for many people who are balancing child-rearing and eldercare, the months between September and May provide somewhat of a built-in... more

June “Senior Sense”: I Spent 30 Years Advising Families On Senior Care And I Still Wasn’t Ready To Care For My Mom

By Jody Gastfriend, LICSW, VP Senior Care | Recently published on Yale University Press   “I’m sorry for keeping my phone on,” I said as I introduced myself at a recent conference. I was excited to be speaking to thought leaders, industry experts and policymakers in Washington about supporting employees... 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