ElderCarelink Blog

Successful aging: from a parent’s perspective – Part 2

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 19th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

This post is Part II of Successful Aging: From a Parent’s Perspective

In the previous blog post, we discussed the difficulties some parents have when discussing the issues related to aging, from future wishes to health care directives. If the time has arrived for serious conversations, putting a plan in place can help reduce any friction or distance between elders and their adult children.

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Successful aging: from a parent’s perspective – Part 1

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
October 11th, 2011 at 11:57 am

Although much can be said for the frustrations of the adult children when trying to initiate conversations about the safety and quality of life concerns with their parents, there is a new trend emerging. I’ve discovered–more frequently–after my presentations on successful aging, older adults ask what to do when it is important to talk about their wishes, their concerns and planning for the future and they get the brush off from their family members.

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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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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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Elder fraud: how to protect your loved ones

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
September 12th, 2011 at 10:03 am

Just when you think you have heard it all, yet another story comes along that tells of another elder becoming the victim of a financial scam. Elder fraud is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country. As baby boomers approach their retirement years, elder fraud could become even more problematic. In light of increasing cases of elder fraud, identity theft and online scams, what can you do to protect your loved ones?

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