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Helping Older Loved Ones Cope With Disaster

Posted on 06/5/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingIn a recent conversation with the AARP Oklahoma state director, Sean Voskuhl, about the tornadoes in Moore, Okla., and throughout the state, I related my concerns about the older adults and their caregivers affected by the disasters. “In a matter of minutes, thousands of lives were changed forever as a result of the tornadoes that hit Oklahoma in May. The path of destruction and loss of life left by these storms has been heartbreaking,” he told me. “We remember the lost, pray for the …

Have You Had “The Talk”? New York Times Tackles a Thorny Issue

Posted on 05/25/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI was recently interviewed for a New York Times article, The Talk You Didn’t Have With Your Parents Could Cost You, about handling parents’ financial and legal affairs after they die. The article is an important one — both for adult children who may be dealing with these issues, and for parents who may be reluctant to share personal and financial information with their kids. My message is pretty simple: To anyone who may have to deal with estate matters after …

My Interview With NPR About Alzheimer’s and My Dad

Posted on 05/20/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI recently spoke about my Dad with NPR’s Jacki Lyden for their Weekend All Things Considered story on Alzheimer’s disease. I told her it was a bittersweet experience for me. I started listening to the show as a young child with Dad, and there I was, 40 years later, at the NPR studio, talking about him and the ways that Alzheimer’s disease  is slowly robbing his brain. The first few notes of the show’s theme song immediately summon warm, secure “all …

Caregivers: 3 Easy Tips to Remember Your Health Checkups

Posted on 05/13/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI finally did it. After more than two years with two painful teeth, I finally got my dental checkup and teeth cleaning! Unfortunately, my delay has caused the need for two new crowns. I’ve always done this regularly, but since I started intensive caregiving that has gone down the drain (as have my other regular checkups). I feel like I should be at a support group meeting saying, “My name is Amy, and I’m a caregiver who has neglected my own …

Haiku to Mom

Posted on 05/10/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingFor Mother’s Day this year, haiku poetry seemed an appropriate medium to express feelings about our moms: short and sweet; direct, descriptive, creative; gets the point across without embellishment-kind of like our moms, right?!   Here is my haiku for Patricia, my Mom, who surprises and amazes and teaches me every day. Fragile and yet strong Her heart grows for her children Mom is love warrior  – @amygoyer I tweeted out my haiku and put out a call for haiku about mothers via my Twitter and …

7 Tips for Safety When Loved Ones Travel Alone

Posted on 05/6/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingMy heart is wrenching for the family of Victoria Kong, an 83-year-old woman who recently traveled by herself from Barbados in the Caribbean to Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C.  Somehow, she got off the plane and bypassed a wheelchair that her family said they had arranged for her.  Airport cameras caught her in the taxi line, but later captured images of her walking away from the airport along the river path. On Monday, her body was found in the Potomac river. …