Long-distance caregivers

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In-home care: What are your options?

Joel J., of Berkeley, California, started thinking about home care for his mother-in-law after she totaled her car five years ago. “We knew she had been declining, but that was the wake-up call that she needed more help,” he says. This is a common scenario, says Dr. Nicole Rochester... more

6 ways to make long-distance caregiving work for your family

Caregiving is never simple, but being hundreds of miles away from your loved one can make it extra challenging. According to a 2020 AARP Research Report, some 11% of caregivers live more than an hour away from the person they care for. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways that you... more

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12 food delivery options for seniors — from prepared meals to groceries

Hot, delicious, nutrient-rich food should be available to everyone — including aging family members and neighbors who may not be up for a trip to the grocery store or elaborate meal prep. Sure, some seniors might want to peruse the aisles of their local grocer before heading home to cook... more

7 ways families can stay connected to senior loved ones during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for families hoping to stay in touch with vulnerable loved ones. Those who are 65 or older, or who live in assisted living or senior care facilities, have been listed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as high-risk for the... more

5 ways to capture the memories of an aging senior

I was in high school when my beloved grandfather was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He had lived a very full life, so my mom suggested we record him sharing memories while he was still feeling good. We sat together in his breakfast room with a video camera and interviewed him... more

10 ways to manage guilt when caring for elderly parents from afar

Even under the best of circumstances, caregiving is an overwhelming task. Add being far away from the loved one you’re caring for, and, well, that can add tremendous weight to your already heavy load. If you’re contending with this weight, just know you’re not alone: About 11% of caregivers live... more

Home for the holidays with aging parents: Tip for asking the tough questions

"Are my parents capable of taking care of themselves? Do they... need help?" For adult children, these questions can trigger intense feelings of sadness and confusion – feelings I faced for the first time about 10 years ago, when my father suddenly needed quadruple by-pass surgery. While hazily trying to... more

Generation Facebook: Boomers Use Technology for Care

I reluctantly joined Facebook. With two email accounts, a blackberry, a landline, and being on LinkedIn, I felt I was too accessible already. At 52, did I really want someone writing on my wall? My children let me know in no uncertain terms that they would never friend me, but... more