How People With Dementia Can Live at Home Longer

Gladys Gerben was always a loner, a trait that grew more pronounced after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about four years ago. She was adamant that she would never leave her home of 30 years, in Edgemere, Md., outside Baltimore. Her son and daughter-in-law, who live minutes away, gradually took over more and more…

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Originally posted 2017-06-30 10:04:38.

How to Steer Your Health Care Where You Want It to Go

Say you have a preference about the kind of treatment you want from your doctor. Maybe you dislike the cost, the risk of side effects or just the idea of depending on prescription medications and building your day-to-day routines around them. You want to give priority to alternative treatments like walking, yoga, nutrition or meditation…

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Originally posted 2017-06-28 09:38:30.

How One Community Made Itself Better for Aging in Place

Live in your own home, on your own terms, in your own community. That’s what most people imagine their later years will be like, says Paul Nikolaidis. But not all homes or communities are designed to support that goal. Nikolaidis was, until recently, a development officer and social worker for Morningside Retirement Health Services and…

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Originally posted 2017-06-23 10:54:44.

9 Ways Family Caregivers Can Get a Break

“Respite care” can be a little difficult to understand. The words don’t make it clear who is being helped. The “care” goes to the person who needs it due to illness or disability. The “respite” — a chance to rest and recharge — goes to the family member or other volunteer who would normally be…

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Originally posted 2017-06-23 10:54:36.

A 98-Year-Old Baker on the Power of Pie and Purpose

Leo Kellner found his sense of purpose in the kitchen. The 98-year-old, who lives in Hastings, Neb., spends his days baking and gives away everything he makes — to friends, to hospice volunteers and others in need of food and kindness. He started when he was 92. That’s the year Kellner retired and his wife…

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Originally posted 2017-06-21 08:08:39.

Here’s a Tool to Plan for Late-Life What-Ifs

Jane Curry, of Chicago, settled into a retirement community a few years ago, where she found friends and support. It was part of her preparation to age in place in a home of her own. But the now-75-year-old widow knew that taking a fall could play havoc with her ability to stay in her second-story…

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Originally posted 2017-06-16 08:58:26.

Can Doctors Keep Track of What Matters to You?

Kathy Anderson, 72, of Takoma Park, Md., is a fan of electronic health records. “I really like having the computer in the [exam] room. The doctor can look up any meds I ask about, and she can easily reference back to an earlier appointment,” says Anderson. “She is focused on me, and she is on…

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Originally posted 2017-06-13 08:52:37.

Pre-Hospice Programs Let Older Adults Live at Home Longer

(This article appeared previously on the website Kaiser Health News.) Gerald Chinchar isn’t quite at the end of life, but the end is not far away. The 77-year-old fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair. His medications fill a dresser drawer, and…

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Originally posted 2017-06-12 08:47:40.

What Are the Options for In-Home Care?

(This article appeared previously on the website of the PBS Newshour.) Editor’s Note: Journalist Philip Moeller provides answers to questions on aging and retirement. His weekly PBS Newshour column, “Ask Phil,” aims to help older Americans and their families by answering their health care and financial questions. Moeller is the author of the new book,…

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Originally posted 2017-06-09 08:30:03.

Take This Class to Master Aging

When he was an adolescent preparing for his bar mitzvah, Jim Firman learned more than his Torah reading. He believes the process helped him transition from childhood to being an adult. His friends participated in other activities — scouting, YMCA programs, camping experiences — similarly designed to guide them into the next phase of maturity…

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Originally posted 2017-06-08 08:03:44.