Doulas Who Cradle the Dying

(This article appeared previously on Kaiser Health News.) As Ellen Gutenstein lay in her bed at home, dying from lung cancer that had metastasized in her brain, a heart-wrenching Mother’s Day card arrived from her granddaughter. Neither Ellen’s daughter — nor her husband — felt they could read it to her without breaking down. Fortunately,…

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Originally posted 2017-05-23 08:12:31.

Where Family Caregivers Can Find How-To Videos

(This article appeared previously on Kaiser Health News.) Renata Louwers has a hard time getting her blood drawn. The needle, the pinprick of pain, the viscous liquid flowing out of her arm — they make her queasy. So, Louwers had to steel herself when her husband, Ahmad Khoshroo, developed metastatic bladder cancer four years ago…

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Originally posted 2017-05-19 08:27:23.

Aging at Home Will Be Harder With Medicaid Cuts

In 2012, Ti Randall of New York City, who has Alzheimer’s disease, had run out of savings. His Social Security and a veteran’s pension helped cover his basic living expenses. But it took Medicaid to provide Randall with other services he needed in order to remain at home. “He needed companionship and assistance,” says Ann…

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Originally posted 2017-05-17 08:16:06.

Are More Boomers Headed for Homelessness?

Wanda Clarke of Los Angeles, 63, was so ashamed of being homeless that she never told her son, in nearby Orange County, that she was living on the streets. Clarke’s husband died and her cashier’s income fell short of covering the mortgage. As independent public broadcaster KCET in Los Angeles reported, she got back on…

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Originally posted 2017-05-12 08:10:15.

What Electronic Health Records Leave Out

Imagine you are a patient sitting with Dr. Suzanne Koven, a primary care physician: You want to share the story of what’s been happening to you medically and she wants to hear it. But as Koven wrote in a short essay for the health news publisher STAT, electronic health records make it harder for her or any…

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Originally posted 2017-05-09 11:39:09.

How to Make Your Home More Friendly for Wheelchair or Walker Users

(This article appeared previously on Kaiser Health News.) When Dan Bawden teaches contractors and builders about aging-in-place, he has them get into a wheelchair. See what it’s like to try to do things from this perspective, he tells them. That’s when previously unappreciated obstacles snap into focus. Bathroom doorways are too narrow to get through.…

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Originally posted 2017-05-08 11:37:34.

Use This Hidden Resource for Older Adults and Caregivers

One of the best supports for older adults and family caregivers might also be the least known. Here’s how you can find it and tap into the help: The support is available from your local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). Never heard of it? You are not alone, and it might be because the work…

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Originally posted 2017-05-05 09:38:27.

Will Your Home Be Ready for Aging in Place?

A modest home in the Memphis suburb of Raleigh — a vacant foreclosure — used to be dark inside, an interior that was frankly depressing, recalls David Brown, CEO of Home Matters, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that’s committed to increasing the country’s affordable and accessible housing. Now, the Raleigh house has been remodeled…

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Originally posted 2017-05-03 09:15:44.

How Do We Balance Autonomy and Risk for Older Adults?

Georgia Dyson of St. Paul, Minn., died in March after suffering the gradual shrinkage of her world. Through it all, “she always relished her independence,” her daughter Christine Dyson Dahn said. Over Dyson’s 84 years, her spine twisted in two directions from degenerative scoliosis. She had cataracts, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure. She…

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Originally posted 2017-05-01 12:21:03.