You may not immediately recognize her name, unless you are one of the millions of readers worldwide who have made Tess Gerritsen’s novels about female buddy crime solvers, detective Jane Rizzoli and chief medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles of the Boston police department, international best sellers and a top-rated TV drama. When I spoke to […]
I was recently asked to participate in a sponsored campaign to support the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative. This international collaboration of various groups advocates for a new era of Alzheimer’s prevention research. Recently the Alzheimer’s Association reported in its annual Facts & Figures that 1 in 3 seniors will die from Alzheimer’s disease. It is now […]
Sherri Snelling hosts AARP’s coverage of the Alzheimer’s Association star-studded benefit in Hollywood.
Today is World Water Day as declared by the United Nations in an effort to get us all thinking more about the need for clean water supplies worldwide, especially in third world countries. I’m going to take a different angle on today’s celebration and write about the importance of water when it comes to maintaining […]
Last December I started my 3-part blog about the 3 Steps in the caregiving dilemma of Seniors and Driving: 1) Driving Safety and Assessment ; 2) Driving Retirement; and 3) Alternative Transportation. Today’s blog is Step 3 – how to help your older parent stay mobile and independent. Taxi Driver I wrote in the last […]
On President’s Day, we honor two great men who have led this country through its creation and one of its most trying times – namely George Washington and Abraham Lincoln respectively. And while feature films (Oscar-nominated Lincoln) and mini-series have celebrated our former presidents, it is the First Ladies who have served as caregivers that […]
This blog is about Step 2 – perhaps the most difficult of the three steps and definitely one of the most difficult conversations you will have with your parent or other older loved one. In fact, one survey found among aging Americans, “giving up the keys” is the least favorite topic to have with an adult child – more seniors would rather discuss their funeral arrangements (29%) or selling and moving from their family home (18%) than talk about not driving anymore (36%).
One of the toughest issues caregivers face with older parents is the dilemma around seniors and driving. We’ve all seen the news with tragic tales of older drivers who accelerate when they are supposed to brake or drive the wrong way on the highway – putting everyone at risk sometimes with fatal results for others […]
When it comes to caring for a loved one – whether diagnosed with a disease, disorder or living with a disability – 65 million Americans today are performing as the unpaid, undervalued, unsung heroes of our long-term care system. Most caregivers – 66 percent of whom are women and most who are baby boomers – […]
While stress is the number one complaint when it comes to a caregiver’s own health and wellness, finding stress relief is just one more thing caregivers have to do. However, if you do not develop ways to become stress-free, it can seriously impact your ability to continue caring for your loved one.
Whenever I speak to caregivers or other groups, they want to know about the Sandwich Generation challenges. Today, there are more than 24 million Americans who are literally sandwiched between caring for two generations – still parenting children living at home while they also care for older parents who now need more help.
Caregivers often describe their role as “a labor of love.” And while seven out of 10 caregivers also have full or part time work, they also spend on average 20 hours a week caring for a loved one and they are in this role for an average of 4.6 years according to the National Alliance for Caregiving.
My favorite cartoonist the late Charles Schulz of Peanuts fame wrote, “Happiness is a warm puppy.” I wonder if he knew happiness is just the start when it comes to enhancing the lives of older loved ones in nursing homes or assisted living, terminal patients such as those suffering from AIDS, children with special needs and even caregivers looking to improve their own health.
For the last several years when I celebrate my birthday I think about my “real age.” Whenever I meet a friend for coffee the conversation now turns to our latest health issue (we are at that age) – hurt knees from running, migraines from changing hormones, sun spots on our face, wrinkles on our foreheads, and intestinal rumblings from last night’s Mexican food.