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October “Senior Sense”- Caregiving for Geriatric Mental Health

By Chandi Deitmer, LICSW, Senior Care Advisor As a caregiver already swept up in the complexities of older adult care, it can be hard to imagine adding your loved one’s mental health to your growing list of concerns. And yet – you don’t have an explanation for those recent worrisome... 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

Caregiver Burnout: Identifying the Signs and Tips to Cope

Almost 40 percent of caregivers report feeling highly stressed in their role, according to the 2015 report "Caregiving in the U.S." Helping a loved one conduct daily activities, like walking, eating, and bathing, can make the caregiver feel frustrated or stressed. Caregivers want to help their loved one, but... 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


July “Senior Sense” Caregiving from a Distance: Learning to Make the Best of It

In the middle of the night, I hear my iPhone ring. With a groan I look over, half-expecting it to be a prank call. Instead, I see “Mom” on my Caller-Id. I answer without hesitation. Before I even say hello, my mom says, “I am having heart palpitations and my... more

Creating a Legacy that Endures: Grandparents Connecting with Grandchildren

"Senior Sense" Newsletter, May Edition “Mom, look at Grandma. She looks so pretty.” My twelve-year-old daughter discovered a picture of my mom in a box filled with stacks of photographs. With her black hair loose, my mom stood next to a light-blue Ford Maverick on a small Texas street... 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