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Enticing Dad to Eat When Alzheimer’s Interferes

Posted on 06/3/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhen I was a kid, my sisters and I used to call Dad the “human garbage disposal” because he was happy to finish off anything we had left on our plates. He’s always had a healthy appetite, but since my mom died seven months ago, Alzheimer’s disease has begun to erode many aspects of Dad’s daily functioning, including his hunger and enjoyment of food. When Dad refuses ice cream, true panic fills my heart. If he doesn’t want his favorites, …

New Survey: Intergenerational Family Connections Matter

Posted on 05/13/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe Beatles might have gotten by with a little help from their friends, but I couldn’t do it without my family — especially when it comes to caregiving for my parents. Knowing my sisters will help is invaluable, whether I’m having trouble coordinating Dad’s care and my work schedule or I’m simply feeling tired and overwhelmed. We support Dad and each other through this difficult time. I’m not alone in my reliance on family. According to a new report released today …

Web Series ‘My Mom on Movies’ Highlights Dynamic Mother-Son Duo

Posted on 05/9/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingMost adult children will tell you they think their mothers are superstars, but Pat Seftel really is one — thanks to her film director son, Josh. The two collaborate on a Web series, My Mom on Movies, in which Pat shares her observations about everything from movie stars (she loves Bradley Cooper) to books (she embarrassed herself talking about 50 Shades of Grey) and politics (she says Anthony Weiner is in “deep doo-doo”). It all started when Josh’s father died, …

A Call to Nurses: Family Caregivers Need You

Posted on 05/8/2014 by |Caregiving experts & bloggers | Comments

CaregivingGallup 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, …

Why Congress Must Reauthorize Older Americans Act Now

Posted on 05/5/2014 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWhen I became a caregiver for my dad’s parents, Grandmother Genevieve had dementia and Granddaddy C.V., 10 years her senior, was struggling to care for her. I remember realizing they were getting by on a meager breakfast at home and a single meal at a cafeteria. Getting Grandmother into the car and Granddaddy driving her to the cafeteria were becoming scary, so I contacted the local Area Agency on Aging and arranged for delivery of Meals on Wheels to their …

Home Is Where the Health Care Is

Posted on 04/29/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Great PlacesFor millennia, the home provided a roof over our heads, a place to raise a family. Later on, pride of place set in and the home became our personal castle. And in recent decades, homeowners counted on rapidly appreciating housing values to help secure some measure of financial security and independence. Stay Informed: Sign up for the AARP Livable Communities Newsletter Over time, the home has served many purposes, and its function has evolved from simply providing shelter to so much more. …