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Sally Abrahms

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I’m a long-time contributor to AARP with both a personal and professional interest in caregiving. For the last twelve years, I have cared for my father, then my mother and now my 94-year-old mother-in-law. I cover aging and boomers and have written for TIME, Newsweek, the New York Times, USA Today and the Huffington Post, among others.

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Traveling With Frail Parents: A Tour Company Makes It Easy

Posted on 10/11/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWhen my parents were frail and I was a family caregiver, I had no idea that there was a way I could have taken a trip with them. Beyond a trip to the doctor, that is! If we had gone on a vacation together,  I would have wanted time to myself or with my husband doing activities that were too arduous for them. I know, though, that I would have felt selfish and/or too exhausted to enjoy the trip. I recently …

Who Cares? Boomers Don’t Want to Live With Their Adult Kids, Either

Posted on 10/2/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingGuess what Millennials? Your boomer parents aren’t dying to move in with you if they need care in retirement. That’s one of the takeaways of a new study. (With three young adult children, that’s what first caught my eye!) Bankers Life and Casualty Company’s Center for a Secure Retirement surveyed 1,299 Americans ages 49-67 (boomers) with an annual income of $25,000-$75,000 to find out their views on their future as recipients of care. In the study, boomers say that in the past …

Senior Centers, Part II: Line Dancing at Age 93

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingVideo courtesy Microsoft/IN2L/Selfhelp You might have missed a piece I wrote earlier this month about senior centers’ efforts to woo baby boomers. (At 78 million-strong, this demographic is a membership director’s dream.) To attract the Forever Young Generation, some centers are dropping “senior” from their name and serving up hip offerings such as wine tastings, dating and divorce workshops and Pilates. Programming for what are considered traditional, older attendees is also changing. (It’s Senior Center Month, so I’m giving equal time to …

2013 World Alzheimer Report Released

Posted on 09/19/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingMore than 35 million people worldwide have Alzheimer’s, with the number projected to double by 2030 and triple to 115 million by 2050.That’s why experts from around the globe are working together for better Alzheimer’s care and support for families. Their collective effort is evident in a report released today by Alzheimer’s Disease International, a group  of 79 Alzheimer’s associations. The annual report makes policy recommendations. Here are the highlights: Countries must develop National Dementia Plans to structure and fund …

What Are We Willing—and Not Willing—to Do for Mom and Dad?

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingHow do we view our role in taking care of our parents? Are we willing to help them out financially? What about having them move in with us? And, what are our expectations for our own children when we need help? These intriguing questions are addressed in a just-released national, online study. This past June, MORE magazine surveyed 751 adults age 18+ with at least one living parent or guardian. The full story with results will be published online in the coming …

Whatever You Do, Don’t Call Them “Senior Centers”

Posted on 09/11/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingThe next time you drop off Mom at your local senior center, you might want to stay. These places, known mostly for bingo, lunch and blood pressure screenings, can be a great refuge for family caregivers. You’ll be surprised at the transformation. A motorcycle club at the Lakeville Senior Center in Minnesota?? As the oldest boomers turn 67 this year, senior centers are trying to attract the age 50-plus set as well as those in their 80s.  There are a …