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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


How an Elder Care Attorney Can Prepare Families for the Future

You watch as your father struggles with his memory and worry about how he is managing his finances and health. When you push to discuss these issues, he says he's fine and dismisses your concern. You know he’s not, though, and there are many open questions around his estate, health... 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


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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