Understanding Social Challenges of Aging

    As we age, we don’t just go through physical changes, there are many social changes that can impact our emotional well-being. Understanding what our elderly parents are going through can help us approach the situation with empathy.   Changes in Employment and Financial Status For many, our career is part of our identity. ...

Preserving Family Traditions

    In my family, on your birthday, you get to pick where or what you’d like to eat for your birthday dinner. My birthday is in April and I always request a Thanksgiving-like turkey dinner. My son recently celebrated his birthday and chose to have dinner at a chain restaurant popular with kids. This ...

Best Tech Tools for Seniors

    Technology doesn’t have to be scary for seniors. While technology changes rapidly and many of them are unfamiliar with the new gadgets available to them, there are so many benefits to getting connected.   Seniors who connect with others online will experience less loneliness, particularly if they are home-bound or have transportation challenges that ...

Relating to a Parent in a Care Facility

    Is your senior parent house-bound or in a care facility? It can be challenging for both of you to make the visits feel special when the family rituals are removed. I remember when we used to visit my grandmother in her home. She always had some treats for us and enjoyed serving us ...

Sibling Rivalry and Caregiving

  How to handle past rivalries so your parents’ care doesn’t suffer.   The best thing about having a sibling is that you have someone who knows every part of your history and childhood. They’ve literally known you since day one. Unfortunately, they also know which buttons to push and are either so much like ...

Get your Senior Parents Tech Savvy

  If your parents are over 80, chances are, they never used a computer in the workplace, however, that doesn’t mean that they can’t learn basic computer skills to open a new world to them. Being able to connect with people online will help reduce loneliness, which impacts their physical and mental well-being. But how can ...

Caring for a Toxic Parent

  I had a difficult senior client who had three children. Of her children, only one son would check in on her once every three weeks for 30 minutes – no exaggeration. The other two, she hadn’t heard from in years.   Some might say, wow, what terrible children, but they only saw the frail ...