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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 …

Home for the Holidays: Check on Older Loved Ones

Posted on 12/3/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhether you’re heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house, or flying in on a jet plane, there’s no place like home for the holidays. As you visit older relatives you may not see very often, most importantly, enjoy each other’s company when you get together. But also take advantage of family time to observe your older loved ones’ home, safety, health, finances and support system. Here are some tips about what to ask about and look for: Home …

Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits Can Help, But Process Difficult

Posted on 11/12/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhen I first started investigating the Veterans Administration’s Aid and Attendance and Housebound Benefits program for my Dad, a decorated WWII Veteran who earned the Bronze Star while serving in Italy with the 10th Mountain Division, I was excited to learn that he might qualify for some financial assistance to help with the cost of his care. Aid and Attendance is an enhanced or special monthly pension program for certain veterans who require care. Dad has developed Alzheimer’s disease and …

Face the Facts: Family Caregivers Work

Posted on 10/24/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingHere we go again. More black-and-white confirmation that elder responsibilities often negatively impact both employees and companies. A new fact sheet out from the AARP Public Policy Institute, in chilling percentages, shows the enormity of the issue and the need to implement or enhance workplace programs. Let me lay it out. Here are the statistics I found particularly revealing: 61 percent of family caregivers age 50-plus work either full-time (50 percent) or part-time (11 percent). 42 percent of U.S. employees have …

The Goyers: Opting for Multigenerational Living

Posted on 07/18/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI’ve had a strange obsession with watching The Waltons the past few months. I find myself DVRing every episode on three different channels. I watch 4 episodes a day. For some reason, I’ve been oddly attracted to their TV-land multigenerational family living and the connection to my childhood (when The Waltons was in its prime.) Now I know why. In the beginning of September my parents and I will be moving in together, forming our own version of 21st century …