Wonderful holiday gifts for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia We’ve rounded up 41 of the best gifts that are perfect for seniors with Alzheimer’s or dementia. There are ideas for people at all levels of cognitive ability – fun and engaging games, gifts that comfort anxiety and soothe agitation, and activities that give a sense … Read more41 Perfect Gifts for People with Dementia
The ache of watching a loved one grow smaller was hard enough. But I also wasn’t prepared for the way care-taking would force me to tamp down my queerness — and to become smaller myself. Despite coming out to my grandpa years ago, I still internalized the pressure to mute essential aspects of my identity, … Read moreQueer Millennials Are Becoming Family Caregivers. We Aren’t Ready
Gerontologists and psychology of aging experts say that “aging well” in your 60s and 70s is about preventing and delaying disability. It’s also about maintaining a high level of cognitive and physical functioning and remaining socially engaged. But aging well in your 80s (octogenarian) and 90s (nonagenarian) means something else entirely. By then, the chances … Read moreHealthy Helping for Family Caregivers of Senior Parents
Even in countries with robust universal health care, public health is usually an add-on; the vast majority of spending goes to treat the ailments of individuals. In Costa Rica, though, public health has been a priority for decades. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the impoverished state of public health even in affluent countries—and the cost … Read moreCosta Ricans Live Longer Than Us. What’s the Secret?
For reasons I still can’t grasp, Conway — a brain-damaged burn victim with seven fingers — never could qualify for disability. Caroline was managing their day-to-day lives while working a low-wage job as a medical courier, picking up extra shifts when she could to offset Conway’s ongoing medical and legal expenses. The family pitched in … Read moreThe final five percent
Some older adults have diligently prepared for their future. They purchased long-term care insurance when it was still affordable, then paid the premiums each month, even as they continued to rise. This is not the norm. Many adults have no plan at all, or assume that Medicare, which currently kicks in at age 65, will … Read moreThe staggering, exhausting, invisible costs of caring for America’s elderly
When my mother had brain surgery to remove a tumor in May 2020, I thought that was the most difficult thing that could happen during the pandemic. I thought once she recovered from that my caregiving role would be over and I would go back to my life as a “normal” 20 year old woman. … Read moreCaring and Grieving in the Shadow of COVID
“Since the pandemic, individuals are coping with so many different forms of stress that might be activating a compassionate part of them that they might not understand, which results in them feeling drained, overwhelmed, and depleted,” says Hillary Schoninger, a licensed clinical social worker in Chicago. Eventually, your ability to feel compassionate starts to wane. … Read moreWhat Is Compassion Fatigue?
BuzzFeed News has scoured hundreds of thousands of court documents, obtained confidential mental health filings and financial records, examined hundreds of guardianship cases, gathered exclusive data from extensive public records requests, conducted hundreds of interviews, and carried out a detailed review of guardianship laws in all 50 states. Our investigation reveals an opaque, overgrown, and … Read moreBeyond Britney: Abuse, Exploitation, And Death Inside America’s Guardianship Industry
My father and I have not been especially close for all of my adult life because of his inability to communicate or relate to me, to others or to the world in general in a meaningful way. As he has aged, his danger and menace have pretty much disappeared, and he has had health issues. … Read moreShould I Help My Aging, Ailing Dad Access His Toxic Web Feed?