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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 …

TEDMED’s Great Challenges Day Addresses Caregiver Crisis

Posted on 05/2/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingRecently, I participated in the first TEDMED Great Challenges day which addressed 20  great challenges (see my previous post about the Dementia Tsunami, one of TEDMED’s Great Challenges). I participated in a breakout group of about 20 people who rolled up our sleeves and dove into a discussion of the “caregiver crisis.” It was an afternoon full of passion and spirit among all contributors. Many of us are or have been caregivers; others approached the topic from a business viewpoint (those who …

Caregiving and Taxes

Posted on 03/28/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingAs working caregivers, we often have extra pressure around tax time. Even a simple tax situation can be very daunting as we are simultaneously working, caregiving, organizing our own and organizing our loved ones’ taxes! The good news is there may be some ways to ease the burden for your loved ones. Here is my short Taking Care with Amy Goyer: Caregiving and Taxes video with a few tips on handling this stressful time of year, which you may have …

This 90-Year-Old Found His Inner Kid (Again) and Why You Should, Too

Posted on 03/15/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionNo matter how old and wise we get, sometimes we keep making the same mistakes … over and over again. One of them, which can have a huge impact on how we experience life, is this: ignoring your inner kid. In an article for AARP not long ago, I suggested: Don’t take yourself, or the world, too seriously. There will always be problems, but do we have to constantly dwell on them? Smile, play, laugh, have fun, engage, connect. These are …

A Winter’s Tale: Helping Seniors Weather the Cold

Posted on 01/23/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeThere’s a woman who sits in the square outside my office. Her name is Anna, and she’s 92. Her caregiver Magda wheels her there, just a couple blocks from her apartment, so she can feed the birds. Or, as Anna, a lifelong New Yorker, says, “the boyds.” Seeing Anna in the square is like seeing my friend Arthur at the theater. It’s her happy place. She could spend hours there, watching the boyds fly up to the rooftops and down …

Tips for Difficult Family Conversations

Posted on 12/12/2012 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingIn the course of caring for our aging loved ones many family members must have difficult conversations around decisions and changes — whether they be about driving, living situations, health care, financial or care and support issues. Here are some of my tips for approaching these conversations, as well as my Taking Care with Amy Goyer video (above) on the topic. Talk early and often. The more you’ve discussed and planned for the future, the easier it will be when it is time to …