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988 is the New National Number for Suicide Prevention or Crisis

988 is the New National Number for Suicide Prevention or Crisis

Great news! It is now so much easier to reach someone when one is in emotional crisis or feeling suicidal. A new national number "988" has been established to make it easier for anyone to call when in need of such assistance. Changing the number to 988 makes it easier...

Hurricane Preparation Can Save Your Older Loved One’s Life

Hurricane Preparation Can Save Your Older Loved One’s Life

Over the years, I’ve written several times about hyperthermia, warning caregivers what to lookout for, and how to keep an older loved one safe from the extremes of hot weather. Preparation is very much a part of keeping one safe in extremely hot weather. And so too,...

Putting Your Affairs in Order? Some Resources to Help

Putting Your Affairs in Order? Some Resources to Help

Whether you are considering getting your own personal and financial affairs in order, to organize them for your loved ones, or you are left with the task of doing this on behalf of a loved one who has passed away, there are many resources out there that can help guide...

January is National Blood Donor Month

January is National Blood Donor Month

Last year, in the midst of the pandemic, a client of mine who was receiving two units of blood every two weeks, was suddenly informed that, due to a shortage in blood, they needed to ration the supply. Consequently, from that point, he received only one unit of blood...

I’m Turning 65 and Still Working. Do I Need Medicare?

I’m Turning 65 and Still Working. Do I Need Medicare?

If you are still working, is it necessary to sign up for Medicare? This is a frequent question, and one that everyone who is working beyond age 65 needs to understand. There is lots of good information out there. The Medicare website is just one of them. In general,...

Exercise and COPD: an oxymoron?

Exercise and COPD: an oxymoron?

Does Mom say she feels too weak to exercise? Does Dad run out of breath just walking down the street? People dealing with COPD often believe that exercise will make things worse. Actually, in moderation, quite the opposite is true. Very real benefits. Even people with...

Focusing on the Positive and Savoring Good Experiences

Focusing on the Positive and Savoring Good Experiences

Sharing happy experiences, like sharing a good meal, warms and strengthens friendships and family bonds. There are other benefits to savoring positive experiences. Even in the privacy of your own thoughts, reflecting on pleasant memories is an easy and effective way...

When Your Parent Drinks Too Much Alcohol

When Your Parent Drinks Too Much Alcohol

While alcohol use is on the rise among older adults, it can be hard to spot. Many of the signs resemble common problems of aging. And who wants to think that when Mom stumbles, for instance, it might be because of drink?! There's a lot of shame associated with...

Late-life veterans’ issues

Late-life veterans’ issues

    If the person you care for is a combat veteran, you may not have heard much about those experiences. You are not alone. In generations past, veterans made it a point to put the war behind them and "forget." But things can take a dramatic turn in later...

Signature Strength: Courage

In the tradition of "positive psychology," we encourage family caregivers to know and use their signature strengths. These personality traits can become reliable tools. Courage, for example, has many faces beyond bravado and derring-do. See if you recognize yourself...