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Warning Signs of Unsafe Driving

Published: 08/17/2011 by Senior Care Society in Challenging Topics

Sometimes unsafe signs can come up gradually, or a recent change in health may hasten problems. Even if the individual warning signs seem minor, together they can add up to a substantial risk. If you are concerned about your own driving or concerned about a friend or loved one, keep an eye out for these warning signs.

Why Being Organized Makes You a Better Caregiver

Published: 02/29/2012 by Senior Care Society in Caregiving

You may not qualify for the show Hoarders but if you’re caring for Dad and he has a heart attack, will you know where to find his emergency medical information or advanced directives (like a DNR order)?

White Lies and Alzheimer’s Disease

Published: 11/16/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Alzheimer’s

Caregivers often wonder whether it's wrong to lie to people with Alzheimer’s disease when trying to convince their loved ones of the truth just isn't working. While telling a white lie might work better, caregivers often feel guilty doing so. This is a perfectly normal way to feel, considering that we’ve been taught all our lives that lying is wrong.

What Are the Best Cities for Successful Aging?

Published: 08/23/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

What does the phrase “successful aging” mean to you? There are really a couple of ways to view this concept. One way is to consider successful aging as an individual endeavor – in other words, people are responsible for their own successful aging by taking care of themselves throughout their lives and into their older years.

Where the Heart Is: How to pay for home modifications

Published: 04/07/2012 by Michelle Seitzer in Caregiving

Though funds are dwindling for many senior-related programs (Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security have all spent ample time on the chopping block lately), there are still a number of federal, state, local and private organizations that offer financial support to seniors who want to stay where the heart is.

Will-to-Live Tied to Longer Survival: How Caregivers Can Help

Published: 11/29/2012 by Carrie Steckl, Ph.D. in Caregiving

These are all sound pieces of advice when it comes to maximizing our longevity, and researchers have focused a great deal of time and resources on trying to pinpoint the factors that help us live longer. They’ve even looked at psychological factors such as optimism and history of mental health issues. But one thing they haven’t really explored is the potentially powerful will-to-live – at least until now.