Do You Witness Parental Aging?

A very dear friend said to me recently, "Isn't it humbling that we are living as the "sandwich generation"? We had been discussing how busy life gets while tending to work, households, our own children (and maybe their children!),...

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Defining Medicare and Medicaid

Re-posting information which helps in defining differences between Medicare and Medicaid.... Many people are confused about the difference between Medicare and Medicaid (MassHealth is the label in Massachusetts) as it pertains to the challenge of paying for expensive long-term...

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Seniors and Driving – Discussion with Mom and Dad

Experts believe that any discussions on driving with elderly parents are likely to be emotional for all concerned, including family members. However, this meeting/discussion should not be put off. Here are some suggestions on the process: - Be prepared...

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Telling Elderly Parent to Stop Driving

Truthfully, a difficult decision and discussion. There is no universal approach for family members and parents on this issue. It is normal and natural to question how best to broach conversation with Mom and Dad. Families are not sure...

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Are Mom and Dad Safe Behind the Wheel?

Telling an elderly parent that he or she needs to stop driving is a conversation that most adult children put off as long as possible.  And rightfully so. It is a very touchy, emotional, and difficult subject to tackle...

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Changes to Medical Definition of High Blood Pressure

The data that characterizes the definition of high blood pressure is changing. Now, the upper limit has been lowered. Which means many, many more Americans and older adults will now be diagnosed with medically defined "high blood...

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Elderly Signals on Memory Loss?

According to research, as many as 10-20% of older adults above the age of 65 suffer from mild cognitive impairment. Another five million have Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive and deteriorating dementia. The process of aging will effect us all....

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Q & A on Social Security

-- Do I really have to pay federal taxes on Social Security benefits? Well, in this case, it depends on your income. For example, if your adjusted gross income plus non-taxable income plus half your Social Security benefit add...

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Behavioral Aging and Changes in Elderly Parents

Changes in our elderly parents, both physically and cognitively, can come quickly. Certainly, this may be a gradual process. And casual observers may be fooled into thinking very little has changed. Or, many seniors are able...

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Seniorities — big Rotary fund-raiser in April

Co-host, “Seniorities” As Chairman of the Board, Scituate Council on Aging, I co-host a bi-monthly program with Linda Hayes, Executive Director of the COA. Click on link below as we discuss current events, and upcoming activities available through the Senior Center. Our...

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