ElderCarelink Blog

Older adults and downsizing: what to expect

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
September 30th, 2011 at 9:48 am

Older adults make the decision to downsize for a number of reasons–from their house becoming too difficult to maintain to the inability to navigate the house safely. Every time I think about packing up our home of 34 years, the task seems like a major project.

When downsizing, consider all the details and the complexity of the decisions to be made. If the older adult or couple needs some assistance, it is important for all involved to be aware this move is going to require some sensitivity to the situation–particularly if this is not a move that a person is ready to make or circumstances dictate it happens with little notice.

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Never travel without an itinerary, Part 3

by Judy Kirkwood
September 29th, 2011 at 9:35 am

This post is Part III of Never Travel Without an Itinerary

When you have a family member whose health is precarious, you want to be available night or day to receive news and to help make life or death decisions. You get used to planning for catastrophe. Yet, it is human nature to let down your guard from time to time. And that is what I did when I went to Cayo Espanto, a private island off the coast of Belize, for a long weekend on assignment for a magazine.

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Study shows diabetes doubles risk for Alzheimer’s disease

by Carol Bursack
September 28th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

A recent study in Japan discovered that older individuals with diabetes were twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than those without diabetes. Because it is generally accepted in the medical community that diabetes increases risk factors for several illnesses, including heart disease, I was skeptical that this breaking news was more than a media headline for want of something better.

However, I soon saw that these study results are indeed breaking news.

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My dad’s last breath

by Judy Kirkwood
September 27th, 2011 at 11:17 am

My mom and dad had so many critical health crises that we were on the edge of our seats for years. That meant whenever I traveled anywhere, I was never sure of what might happen. Since I was a travel writer that really added stress to each trip I scheduled. Thank goodness my younger sister was never more than 10 minutes away from mom and dad, but when they had their most significant downturns, I was many hours and miles away.

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Elders and traveling: staying one step ahead

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
September 26th, 2011 at 1:29 pm

On a recent trip to the west coast from Ohio, I had two entirely different experiences. The flight attendant making the announcements on the flight to California was articulate and easy-to-understand. On the way home, the information was difficult to understand as the flight attendant spoke quickly in a soft voice. While everyday travelers simply dismiss the messages as routine, what about infrequent travelers or individuals with hearing, vision or memory problems?

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