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When you’ve got to move, you’ve got to move

  There is a saying we like to throw around in the gerontological world, “Move by choice rather than by crisis.” In an ideal world, we would all live in a particular dwelling for as long as we felt we were able to. This might be it our family home, in a housing complex where Read more…

Coping with a difficult aging parent – a book review

  I’m reading a book called Coping with Your Difficult Older Parent by Grace Lebow & Barbara Kane. First off, Mom, if you happen to have found a way to read my columns on your iPad, I’m not reading this book because of you… A very common statement we hear from clients (be it the Read more…

Holidays are important for caregivers!

I’m in the final preparation stage of taking time off for a much-needed summer vacation. I’ve noticed there seems to be an increase in the number of calls for our services in the days leading up to holiday time. I must emit some type of “going on holiday soon” scent picked up only by family Read more…

Heat can cause issues for seniors

Summer is back, in all its glory. For some it also means an onslaught of heat-related issues, especially for seniors. Lethargy, dehydration, poorer sleeping patterns — just to name a few. We tend to take our body’s ability to regulate itself during hot days for granted, and forget that as we age, we are at Read more…

Recognize the signs of stroke – and know what to do!

When working with stroke survivors, it’s not uncommon for me to hear, “I didn’t even know I was having a stroke” until it was too late. I don’t know about you, but given the physical, emotional and cognitive impact of stroke, prevention is pretty high up on my list. Although I’m not a medical expert Read more…

Recognize the signs of stroke – and know what to do!

When working with stroke survivors, it’s not uncommon for me to hear, “I didn’t even know I was having a stroke” until it was too late. I don’t know about you, but given the physical, emotional and cognitive impact of stroke, prevention is pretty high up on my list. Although I’m not a medical expert Read more…

A personal story – and some facts – about strokes to kick off Stroke Month

My Dad and I always got a kick out of seeing if people could figure out which of the following statements about us were fictitious: 1. We both celebrated the same birthday. 2. We both had brain surgery. 3. We both had webbed feet, making us exceptional swimmers. We got even more of a kick Read more…

A personal story – and some facts – about strokes to kick off Stroke Month

My Dad and I always got a kick out of seeing if people could figure out which of the following statements about us were fictitious: 1. We both celebrated the same birthday. 2. We both had brain surgery. 3. We both had webbed feet, making us exceptional swimmers. We got even more of a kick Read more…

How to avoid deconditioning in old age

  Springtime and fitness often go hand in hand. Warmer weather and longer days provide the perfect motivation to put a little “spring” in our step. However, if you’ve been hibernating all winter, jumping back into a fitness regime can seem daunting. We have just the thing and her name is Kim Hamilton! She is Read more…

Assessing your aging parents – and knowing when to seek help

Why won’t my Mother accept help?” “My father won’t stop driving and he has had numerous accidents this year. What should I do?” “My Great Aunt denies needing any help despite evidence of missed meals and unwashed hair. Can you get her to accept help?” Sound familiar? Unfortunately, there are no easy answers to these Read more…

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