THE PERIPHERY Learning About--and From--the Elders in Our Lives
Over the last few weekends I visited my three living grandparents and my 99 year old great-great-aunt. Doing so revealed lessons in how the world changes, how elder relatives teach us about ourselves,... Posted on 7/15/13 at 9:24 AM
NEW PLATEAUS The Elders in Our Lives
It is said that children are our most valuable resource, and maybe in a country this young and energetic we do like to emphasize the future. But I say, lets look to those with a past...
Here's a piec... Posted on 3/18/12 at 4:05 PM
Dear Carol: My mother has Alzheimer’s disease. She lives with us in our home, but there isn’t someone available during the day. So far she is doing OK, but I’m worried about the fact that she wants to go outside, and then she just takes off muttering things I don’t understand.
I know wandering is a part of Alzheimer’s. What can we do? – Francie
Dear Readers: Education is essential for caregivers and the public. After a recent column about people staring at our loved ones who have dementia when they behave oddly in public, I received a very helpful e-mail from Linda Wurtz, who is with AARP:
Dear Readers: Aging is expensive. Whether you are a caregiver or a senior still caring for your own needs, you may go through some financially tough times. There are benefits available for elders, which they’ve earned. You should keep tabs on what is available so you don’t struggle financially when you could have some help.
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Dear Readers: In last week’s column, retired Minnesota State University Moorhead professor Bob Tolbert shared with us some tips he’s learned while caring for his wife, Jane, who has Alzheimer’s disease.
Dear Readers: I’ve had the opportunity to review a new organizer for legal papers such as a will, power of attorney and health directive, along with bank accounts and other information a person’s legal heirs may need, and I’m quite taken with this model.
Dear Carol: I read your article on adult day care. You suggested that people call it something else, like “the club,” as “day care” is thought of as something for children. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but does what you call the care service really matter to someone with Alzheimer’s?
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