ElderCarelink Blog

Sheehy’s “Passages in Caregiving” Defines Turning Points

by Carol Bursack
June 26th, 2010 at 4:52 am

Gail Sheehy is the author of 15 books, but is best known for her book Passages, which remained on the New York Times Bestseller’s List for over three years. She’s an out-spoken advocate for Boomers, urging them to use each turning point in life to advantage. When Sheehy’s husband became ill, she was personally faced with a turning point of gigantic proportions – one even she hadn’t expected. She became a caregiver. Read more »

Telephone tech support

by Devlyn Brooks
June 25th, 2010 at 11:02 am

 “Can you call me?” my mother’s voicemail at work asked. “Something got pushed on the remote for the TV and now there’s a box on the screen that says, “Recording in progress … please, blah, blah, blah. Oh, just call me.”

While the message brought a smile to my face, it didn’t surprise me. We have a cable system that includes a DVR and remotes that are about as complicated to operate as my laptop. Growing up with a television that received three channels, I’m surprised that I can run the remotes, but operating the operates just escapes my 73-year-old mother. So I do regularly get calls at work asking “How do you do this? How do you do that? What’s wrong with this thing?” Read more »

Successful Aging with a Hearing Loss

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
June 25th, 2010 at 1:11 am

We have all heard that we can expect some changes in memory related to normal aging. In addition to increased word finding problems, a person can expect some difficulties processing information and learning new information. If an older adult’s situation is complicated by a hearing loss, Read more »

Modifying Favorite Activities if Hearing is a Problem

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
June 24th, 2010 at 1:00 am

We take so many of our favorite activities for granted, not realizing that with a hearing loss, it can be quite a challenge to stay engaged. With some modifications, however, it can be possible to handle some of the difficulties so a person can still participate. Read more »

Are Seniors Taking Over The World?

by Sue Lanza
June 24th, 2010 at 1:00 am

I just read a statistic that knocked my sneakers off:  a study reported that over the next three to five years, the population in the U.S. will have more people over the age of sixty than under the age of fifteen.  How could that happen?  And what does it mean?

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