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December “Senior Sense”: The Hidden Costs of Alzheimer's Disease

By Jody Gastfriend, LICSW, VP Senior Care | Recently published on Forbes.com   When Rick could not remember where he kept his trusted toolbox, and then forgot his computer passwords, Sandy—Rick’s wife of 40 years—initially wasn’t alarmed. Sandy misplaced stuff all the time and who can remember all those passwords... more

November “Senior Sense”: When Siblings Share The Caregiving For An Aging Parent, Will It Be Welfare Or Warfare?

“It shouldn’t have to be this hard,” said Kelly, a 55-year-old woman caring for her 89-year-old father with Parkinson’s disease. “After all, my sister and I both love my father. Why can’t we agree on things?” Kelly wanted to respect her father’s wishes to remain in his home... more

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

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

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

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

May "Senior Sense"- 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