4 Ways to Avoid the Casey Kasem Nightmare

(Updated June 16) A judge in Los Angeles ruled June 11 that Casey Kasem’s daughter could stop feeding and hydrating the 82-year-old radio legend and allow him to die. The order came after many months of legal battles over who had the right to visit and care for Kasem, who had a form of progressively debilitating dementia. Kasem died on June 15 in Gig Harbor, Wash. See also: Casey Kasem: America’s DJ Did the tumultuous family feud swirling around Kasem make you think …

Hug Your Parents, and 7 Other Lessons for New Grads

The day after graduation at Miami University in Ohio, I took a run through campus. Barricades blocked paths, and white party tents waited to be disassembled. Ikea shelves and desks and deck chairs lined curbs. Kids snapped last-minute photos, while moms and dads carried storage bins and hitched U-Haul trailers to the backs of SUVs. It had been a while since I’d seen this scene — about 10 years. I graduated from college in 2005 and, after a short stint …

Is It More Stressful to Care for a Spouse or a Parent?

By Lauran Neergaard and Jennifer Agiesta of the Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans may wind up helping Mom as she gets older, but a new poll shows the most stressful kind of caregiving is for a frail spouse. The population is rapidly aging, but people aren’t doing much to get ready — even though government figures show nearly 7 in 10 Americans will need long-term care at some point after they reach age 65. >> Connect with other …

Judge Expresses Concerns Over Casey Kasem’s Safety

By the Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge on May 12 ordered an investigation into the whereabouts of Casey Kasem after an attorney for the ailing radio personality’s wife said the former “Top 40″ host had been removed from Los Angeles without his children’s knowledge. Update: Casey Kasem Found in Washington State Superior Court Judge Daniel S. Murphy ordered a court investigator and adult protective services to find out where Kasem is being treated and report back to …

A Call to Nurses: Family Caregivers Need You

Gallup public opinion surveys consistently show that nursing is the most trustworthy profession in America. This recognition comes with a responsibility — to help people manage their health conditions with the confidence that they can do it. Nurses who care for patients in hospitals have a critical role in teaching them how to take care of themselves after they leave. Many of these patients will not be able to do everything on their own.  They will rely on caregivers  — spouses, …

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor: Key to Recovery Was Support, Determination

John Odom is looking forward to walking into Boston Medical Center this week for a memorial honoring survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing. After all, when he left the hospital last May, the doctors and nurses weren’t sure he would ever walk again. Odom, 66, was one of the most severely injured of the bombing victims, enduring 11 surgeries and weeks on life support after shrapnel from one bomb tore apart his legs. “I want to be able to walk in …