ElderCarelink Blog

Saving for our own caregiving

by Judy Kirkwood
August 8th, 2011 at 9:50 am

Saving for retirement was fairly painless when I was married. My husband worked for the state and money was automatically put aside for retirement as one of his benefits as a physician. The only pinch was putting money into my own SEP IRA according to my freelance writer income at the end of the year. Furthermore, my husband had been investing separate retirement funds accumulated from outside the state retirement system and those investments had done well.

Then came our divorce after 33 years of marriage.

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Personal medical alarms: older technology but effective for many

by Carol Bursack
March 19th, 2011 at 2:07 am

The variety of technological devices available to monitor seniors and other potentially at risk people is quite amazing. Some of these devices monitor a person’s movements with strategically placed cameras. Other devices rely on sensors placed around the home. For many elders, sensors that send signals marking whether medication is taken on time, or if and when a person uses the bathroom, deliver more oversight than necessary, and cameras can seem even more invasive.

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Is a PACE program in your future?

by Sue Lanza
March 18th, 2011 at 2:07 am

Having coffee with a friend the other day when she mentioned that she disliked the choices for her aunt of assisted living or eventually even a long-term care setting, due to some chronic medical conditions. I asked her if she had ever heard of a PACE program. Like most people, she said, “No, what is that”?

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Meaningful visits and technology

by Kathryn Kilpatrick, M.A. CCC/SLP
March 11th, 2011 at 3:06 am

It is not only the younger population using technology. There are an increasing number of older adults who use cell phones and have home computers. When an older adult has difficulties with vision, hearing, memory, or speech, those challenges may interfere with that person’s ability to keep involved at the same level. If there are some coordination or mobility limitations, additional obstacles are possible.

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‘How We Age’ poetic, respectful look at the aging process

by Carol Bursack
March 4th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

As I read “How We Age,” by Marc E. Agronin, MD, I couldn’t help but think that that he should be held up as a role model in the medical profession. His dedication to understanding the process of aging, his respect for those experiencing the indignities that aging can bring, along with his recognition that the aged also have hopes and dreams, are worthy of the highest praise. He manages to get across all of these concepts, and much more, in “How We Age.” Read more »