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Grace and Grit Book Launch at Book Revue

What a wonderful way to launch “Grace and Grit”- in the town in which I lived for thirty years and in THE bookstore in which I had browsed and shopped for thirty years-surrounded by old friends, business associates and new friends. I had a chance to share the story of the creation of the book and read aloud from the prologue and a bit of […]

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History of Older Americans Month

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing, however. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a […]

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New Products at Boomer Business Summit San Diego 2014

  There were two new products on display that really caught my eye at the Boomer Business Summit in San Diego last week.  Each addresses convenience and necessity from different points of view but both products were intriguing. ThinOptics has created a cell phone cover with a small eyeglass holder affixed to the back. The case comes with reading glasses inside the case. They are […]

There’s no place like MY home!

As the adult daughter of an elderly mom who lived alone, I felt the angst of long-distance caregiving and incorporated new things into our mutual routines so we would both feel safer- mom feeling actually safer in her home and me feeling more at ease. We accomplished this together by taking several steps. The first was to learn about what were really the issues and […]

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What to Do About Mom? My Parent Is Aging and I Live Far Away!

Here’s a little blurb from The Lost in Translation Global Summit.  Read a little about Fritzi and then listen to the replay her interview below. Fritzi is a Marine Corps daughter. With a brother born in North Carolina (Camp Lejuene), a brother born in Hawaii (Kailua) and a brother born at Camp Pendleton in California, Fritzi lived 14 places by young adulthood. Her most dramatic […]

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Is There a Benefit of Building a Mother-in-law Suite?

Like many Americans today who face the difficult choices of caring for an aging parent, you may be considering the popular option of adding or remodeling your home to include a mother-in-law suite. This option is fast becoming an alternative to a nursing home, and one that may offer a little more independence to your parent or loved one. Many people are also frightened by […]

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How can we make it easier for caregivers around the holidays?

As we get close to the holidays and big family gatherings, sometimes it is a challenge for caregivers to find reason to celebrate. There is always work in preparing for any kind of holiday celebration and this is no exception. As caregivers, there are always extra things to consider, related to traveling, meals and adequate facilities to make sure that all members of the family […]

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What is Sundowners Syndrome and How do you Cope?

If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, you may be familiar with Sundowners Syndrome. Sundowners syndrome is characterized by memory loss, confusion, agitation, or wandering during the evening hours when the sun is setting. It affects up to 20% of individuals with Alzheimers. Sundowners can also be seen in those with dementia and in otherwise healthy individuals who are experiencing […]