Seniors | Caregivers

GENERAL RESOURCE:

NextAvenue.org: June 2017: Where grown-ups keep growing; May 7, 2017: Better Health While Aging website's podcast interview: Solving Hard Problems in Helping Aging Parents

EXPENSES:

4 Ways to Bounce Back from a Financial Setback: October 2017, NextAvenue
"And don’t beat yourself up thinking you’d have been okay if only you’d saved more for that inevitable rainy day. While an emergency fund helps, it’s not a cure-all: A Pew study found that half of families with a savings cushion still found it hard to make ends meet after a financial shock. And many shock victims continue to struggle a year after the event, Schneider notes. “Embrace that it takes a while to recover, so you don’t blame yourself when you don’t bounce back quickly,” says Schneider. One more don’t: Don’t let pride stop you from asking for help."

The Staggering Prices of Long Term Care 2017: September 2017
And two-thirds of Americans mistakenly think the government will pay the bill.

AGING IN PLACE:

Jane Brody on Aging in Place: Personal Health, New York Times on May 2, 2016
A complicated and important area. People age differently and have different means and outlooks. Any age is the right age to begin thinking about this.

Website about Ageism (sinister, sneaky Ageism):
This Chair Rocks
Author and activist Ashton Applewhite's site has links to a blog, book, resources. Check it out.

From New York Times' Your Money section on October 23, 2015:
Learning the Unfamiliar Language of Home Care

"Given the tens of millions of people in retirement or about to enter it, it’s surprising how few plan for something most of them will eventually need: help doing basic tasks at home. Of those who need the help most, many won’t admit they need it or obtain assistance willingly on their own. They fear loss of independence and becoming a burden to their families. The idea behind home care is to keep a person living independently at home for as long as possible. "

CAREGIVING SUPPORT:

NextAvenue.org: Where grown-ups keep growing

Caregiving Support and Help: HelpGuide.org
This website is operated in partnership with Harvard Health Publications (of Harvard Medical School): As a family caregiver for an ailing parent, child, spouse, or other loved one, you’re likely to face a host of new responsibilities, many of which are unfamiliar or intimidating. At times, you may feel overwhelmed and alone. But despite its challenges, caregiving can also be rewarding. And there are a lot of things you can do to make the caregiving process easier and more pleasurable for both you and your loved one. These tips can help you get the support you need while caring for someone you love in way that may benefit both of you.

TECHNOLOGY:

NextAvenue.org: Where grown-ups keep growing

Aging In Place Technology Watch: Industry Market Trends, Research & Analysis
http://www.ageinplacetech.com/

This is a technology resources website. About: Laurie M. Orlov, a tech industry veteran, writer, speaker and elder care advocate, is the founder of Aging in Place Technology Watch and Boomer Health Tech Watch -- market research that provides thought leadership, analysis and guidance about technologies and services that enable boomers and seniors to remain longer in their home of choice. In addition to her technology background and years as a technology industry analyst, Laurie has served as a volunteer long-term care ombudsman and is certified in Geriatric Care Management from the University of Florida. Aging in Place is the ability to live in one's own home - wherever that might be - for as long, as confidently and comfortably possible. Livability can be extended through the incorporation of universal design principles, tele-health, mental health and other assistive technologies.

HEALTH:

NextAvenue.org: Where grown-ups keep growing

The Far-Reaching Effects of a Fall by Jane Brody
March 9, 2015:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/09/the-far-reaching-effects-of-a-fall/?ref=health

"Maintaining muscle strength with advancing years is critical to reducing the risk of falls, Dr. Rubenstein said. So is improving balance. “Some age-related loss of balance is inevitable, but some is reversible,” he said. He suggested a balance self-test: With someone ready to steady you if needed, stand with feet together and eyes closed. How long before you begin to lose your balance? Can you do it at all?"

OPINION:

The Best Possible Day:
October 2014 blog post on an essay from Atul Gawande's “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End":
http://www.innermonologue.co/2014/10/the-best-possible-day.html

Seeking a Beautiful Death by Jane Brody
February 9, 2015:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/02/09/know-the-hard-choices-prolonging-life-entails/?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=Moth-Visible&module=inside-nyt-region&region=inside-nyt-region&WT.nav=inside-nyt-region&_r=0

END OF LIFE:

Hospice in CrisisThe most important end-of-life movement in a generation struggles in an era of changing families and prolonged deaths. Politico, September 27, 2017. "With baby boomers aging and likely to live with serious illness for several years, understanding how best to take care of the aged and the dying is becoming an ever more pressing issue in America—emotionally, morally, and financially."

Being Mortal, Medicine and What Matters in the End
by Atul Gawande
Review and Thoughts
August 24, 2015

Zen and the Art of Dying Well
August 14, 2015

Lessons on End-of-Life Care from a Sister's Death 
"But as with almost anything, one discovers at least as much from personal experience as from interviewing experts and reading studies. My sister Debra was the third family member I have accompanied, with as much dignity and comfort as we could arrange, through her last days. I thought I would pass along some personal lessons."...very good. (5/22/2015)

Compassion & Choices
"Compassion & Choices is the leading nonprofit organization committed to helping everyone have the best death possible. We offer free consultation, planning resources, referrals and guidance, and across the nation we work to protect and expand options at the end of life."

Modern Loss:
This site offers a window into experiences of grief, many of which we can't know first-hand. The How To page is most helpful:

It’s Your Funeral: 10 Ways to Hack the Planning
March 5, 2015
A funeral director guides you through what you can control about the process (hint: a lot more than you think!) and what you can’t.
modernloss.com/funeral-10-ways-hack-planning/