LIVING IN RETIREMENT Odds of Surviving Critical Illness Dramatically Increase
With advances in medical treatment and technology, many people now survive critical illnesses that would have been fatal in the past. As a result of this increased life expectancy senior Americans hav... Posted on 3/18/14 at 4:30 PM
BOOMER'S BLISS Running On Empty
by Beth Diane Bradley
Turning 50 is definitely a milestone, and one common rite of passage is the colonoscopy. The procedure is a popular topic of discussion among middle-aged people -- both for thos... Posted on 3/9/14 at 7:53 PM
FARMBLEAT Life, Death and Love
She sat in a wheel chair, her auburn hair aglow from the sunshine beaming through the partially shaded window. What a sight she was to the man, grey-haired and shuffling his feet as he pushed his walk... Posted on 2/16/14 at 7:26 PM
Dear Readers: When memory slips become more persistent and we begin to wonder if “something is wrong,” testing for Alzheimer’s is often in the forefront of our thinking. Because of the prevalence of Alzheimer’s in news and research, it’s a natural response.
Dear Readers: I’ve written about personal joys and sorrows during my many years of caregiving. I’ve also often mentioned that the spiritual side of helping others often got me through difficult circumstances.
Dear Readers: I receive many questions from readers. I also receive many responses about columns I’ve written. However, no response has had such wisdom to share, along with such eloquent delivery, as the one that follows.
Dear Carol: I’ve got a good friend whose father, once the caregiver of her mother, has now developed Alzheimer’s disease. Her mother is dying from cancer. This is obviously a family in distress, however they are well-versed in how to get professional care and have people coming in from both hospice and in-home care. My question is what do I do as a friend? I want to do something, but everything I think of seems so trivial. – Erica
Dear Erica: I can assure you your friends won’t find your efforts trivial. They obviously have a great deal to handle. Even with the most efficient and caring professionals at their sides, they need their friends. Sometimes all you have to do is ask specifically if they need something.
Dear Carol: My parents are doing well, however they are in their early 70s, and I’m worried about how to bring up sensitive topics like living wills and a power of attorney. How do we start asking about money issues and what they want when they die? It’s hard to bring these things up without sounding like we’re waiting for them to die, which we certainly are not. – Arnie
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