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March “Senior Sense”: How to Talk to Parents About Needing Care

By Jody Gastfriend, LICSW, VP Senior Care Clara always had a contentious relationship with her fiercely-independent mother, and things didn’t get easier with time. Then, Clara's mother fell and injured herself. Afterwards, she became increasingly frail yet refused to accept help. Talking about the needs of our aging parents can... more


February “Senior Sense”: We Are Not Our Parents’ Parents

By Jody Gastfriend, LICSW, VP Senior Care | Recently published on Yale University Press I often refer to my 89-year-old mother as the Energizer Bunny.  She’s always on the go and is good at recharging her reservoir of energy. While her walking is limited, my mom still drives and enjoys... more


January “Senior Sense”: Want To Enjoy Old Age? This 90-Year-Old Has One Simple Trick, And Science Backs Her Up

By Jody Gastfriend, LICSW, VP Senior Care | Recently published on Forbes.com   As Bette Davis famously quipped, “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” My mother knows this all too well. In a couple of months, she’ll turn 90—making her part of one of the fastest-growing demographics in America. She lives independently in a... more


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