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Visiting Southeast Asia to Seek Solutions to Isolation

Posted on 09/19/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringThis is a guest post by Beth Casey. Beth is a program manager for AARP Foundation’s Isolation Impact Area team, which works to combat and prevent isolation in people age 50 and over. The challenges of the developing world are not so different from those faced by Americans age 50 and over, particularly the low-income segment of the 50+. Throughout the world, older adults struggle to live their lives with dignity and purpose – to continue to put food on …

A Twist on Elder Abuse: Violent Care Recipients

Posted on 09/6/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingWhen we think of elder abuse, it’s typically the caregiver harming the care recipient. Right? But a horrifying story this week in the press made me wonder, how often are the tables turned and under what circumstances? And, if those being cared for do occasionally hurt family caregivers, what are the warning signs? Here’s the story that triggered those questions: a New York City wheelchair-bound 69-year-old with memory loss threw acid on his daughter, his sole caregiver. He has confessed, …

Taking the Pulse of Caregiving

Posted on 08/30/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingA new national survey confirms what some of us already know: Many older Americans take care of others and are not just on the receiving end. Let’s get specific. In this first-ever United States of Aging survey, half of respondents identify someone as their caregiver, while nearly one-third say they care for another person. Those are just two caregiving results culled from the survey, created by the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare and USA Today. Its purpose is to gauge …

The Shape of Things to Come: Adult Playgrounds

Posted on 08/16/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingCaregivers: There’s a fitness movement afoot that may make you jump for joy. In the last year, adult outdoor playgrounds with low impact-exercise equipment have been springing up around the country. Some are incorporated into kiddie playgrounds, known as “multigenerational playgrounds.” Others are near the children’s area, while still others are separate older adult areas (“senior playgrounds”). Designers have skipped the swings in favor of balance beams, sit-up and chin-up bars, cross trainers, stationary exercise bikes, fitness stations and walking …

NBC Highlights Caregiving Campaign — And My Family!

Posted on 08/15/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

Your LifeAARP and the Ad Council are teaming up to raise awareness about the 42 million Americans who care for a loved one — people like me who are family caregivers. This campaign is designed to help us find the quality information, resources and support that we desperately need. As part of my work with AARP, I am serving as a spokesperson for this campaign — and I couldn’t be more thrilled. It’s the quintessential convergence of my personal and professional lives. I’m deeply passionate …

What Happened to the Welcome Mat? Nursing Homes and Gay Elders

Posted on 08/9/2012 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingLiving in a nursing home is not easy. When you are gay, it can be so much more complicated. Unless you’re at a progressive long-term care facility, staff (and fellow residents) may act less than warm and fuzzy, the Nursing Home Reform Act notwithstanding. Put simply, you or your visiting partner, if you’re lucky enough to have one, may not feel welcome. State laws that deny LGBT couples the same benefits as married heterosexuals reinforce their frustrating situation. Many older …