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Where’s Home Sweet Home? Probably Where You Are

Posted on 06/4/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAmericans stayed put in record low numbers from 2005 until 2010, according to a new Census Bureau study. Only 35.4 percent of people moved during the period, the lowest rate ever recorded by the Census Current Population Survey, and 4.1 percent lower than during the previous five-year period. Older Americans, who generally relocate less often than younger adults, followed the trend. Less than 14 percent of people 65 and older moved — compared with more than 18 percent from 2000 …

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 …

Mom and Dad Moving In: Plan B

Posted on 09/6/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingIn my last post I shared what happened to me when I let my ‘caring for the caregiver’ habits slide … back pain stopped me cold.  It happened at a critical time during my parents’ move from their senior living apartment back into the house with me. As I mentioned then, it forced me to go with Plan B, which usually involves: changing dates, asking for help, and spending more money. It turned out that adjusting my parents’ move date …

When the Caregiver Doesn’t Take Care of Herself

Posted on 08/30/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingIt’s a subtle thing. It happens bit by bit…it creeps up and then one time too many of lifting the wheelchair into the trunk and—BAM! –it smacks me flat, usually at the most inopportune time.That’s what happened to me last week when my back screamed, “Stop!”  I have a history of back problems, but my back hasn’t flared up this badly in about 10 years. The timing couldn’t be worse.  We are packing up my parents’ senior living apartment and …

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 …