Category Archives: Guest

Oral History: Remembering Yesterday for a Better Tomorrow

Tips for a Family Oral History Project at Home Sarah Jennings has been a caregiver her whole life and involved in the Veterans History Project for the Library of Congress since 2004. She currently writes on behalf of Brookdale assisted living. Recently, at the funeral of the grandfather of a friend, I chatted with some…
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6 Tips To Remove Some of the Stress From A Stress Test

By Kaye Swain Stress tests! Just thinking about taking one can cause our senior parents to "stress out" over what is coming. That definitely happened to my senior mom. But the appointment was scheduled (way too early in the morning, she thought - another stress), the list of medications she couldn't take before the test…
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Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 12

Blog by Joy Loverde So you know by now if you’re up to date on my blogs regarding the saga of my Aunt and her reluctance to move out of the family home (Parts One through Eleven) that there has recently been a shift in the action. Keeping the trust level high these past few…
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Some Tips To Make Holiday Travel With Aging Parents Easier

By Kaye Swain Traveling for the holidays can be loads of fun. It can also be loads of extra work! And for those of us traveling with elderly parents, it can full of loads of extra challenges. My senior mom and I just returned from visiting several of her great-grandchildren. It was a trip she'd…
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Moving a Reluctant Parent – Part 11

By Joy Loverde If you’re up to speed on my “Moving a Reluctant Parent” (blogs One through Ten), then you’re familiar with the ongoing saga of moving my Aunt out of her house. You also know that she has let it be known every which way that she is not moving out of her house…
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Are you on the hook for Mom’s nursing-home bill?

Blog by Joy Loverde Background: A judge ruled May 7, 2012 that a Pennsylvania nursing home could collect an unpaid bill of $92,943 from the son of a patient who received care from September 2007 through March 2008. Everyone knows that parents have an obligation to support their children. But, did you know that many…
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Great Reasons For Our Senior Parents to Buy A Treadmill

by Kaye Swain When my senior dad developed Parkinsons' Disease, he quietly determined to keep active and keep walking. He kept that up until his last year with us - golfing, walking, and occasionally, swimming. Even when he had to be confined to a wheelchair, we would head to the mall almost daily to walk…
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Boomerang Family: Coming Full Circle with Parenthood

by Joy Loverde Children grow up, get educated, and leave home for good. At least that’s the way it used to be. Whether it’s paying off college debt, unemployment, broken relationships, getting divorced, abusing drugs and alcohol, and/or saving money, many men and women over the age of 25 are now moving back in with…
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Bathtime Safety Tips for Helping Our Aging Parents

by Kaye Swain Caring for aging parents and looking for tips on helping them take baths? I have a few for you, starting with the recommendation of a wonderful resource book - Mosby's Textbook for Long-Term Care Nursing Assistants. Even if you never plan on taking the class or working as a nursing assistant, this…
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Joy Loverde answers your questions about eldercare and aging parents

by Joy Loverde What a busy week for eldercare. Questions emailed from family caregivers were pouring in.  Must be because school is out for the summer and the focus is now about issues related to the entire family and family dynamics. Here are a few of the questions I received this week about aging parents…
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