Geriatric Comfort, Safety At Home

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The task of preparing the home environment when an older loved one with multiple chronic conditions is being discharged from a rehabilitation center or nursing home may seem overwhelming.  Yet there are some steps to take that can bring order and grounding to a complex and emotional situation.  The first step is to determine the […]

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Preparing for Geriatric Patient’s Move Home

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Question: My father is on Medicare and is about to be released from a nursing home and rehabilitation center.  He’s recovering from near death and suffers from diabetes, kidney failure, heart disease and depression.  He lives with his 72-year old brother.  What do we need to have in place when he returns home?  I am […]

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Retirees Raising Grandchildren Face Special Challenges

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Question: Just when I thought that our grown children were happily married so we could relax and enjoy our retirement, our daughter with two young children told us she is having marital problems.  “He doesn’t love me any more.”  She and the children need a place to stay for an undisclosed time. Our daughter will […]

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Older Pioneers in Social Change

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I recently attended an extraordinary meeting, the Encore Careers Summit at Stanford University.Encore Careers is a campaign, the goal of which is to engage millions of baby boomers in careers that combine social impact, personal meaning and continued income in the second half of life. The expected outcome is a windfall of human talent that […]

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Scientists Face Special Concerns When Considering Retirement

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Question: I am a 68-year old microbiologist and professor specializing in cancer research with considerable funding. Retirement, on the mind of many of my aging colleagues, is a concern. I am afraid we may be blocking the progress of younger scientists from getting grants, perhaps slowing progress in cancer and other research. We also may […]

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This Is Not Your Father’s Retirement, So Plan Accordingly

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Question: When I retired a year and a half ago, I looked forward to having time for meaningful volunteer work. I now find my plate is full with fund-raising activities – not my favorite. While working and before the economic downturn, I could financially support organizations where I was a volunteer. Today I cannot. I […]

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Depression Is Not Part of the Aging Process

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Question: I am seeing a man who is 69 and care about him a great deal. I believe he is depressed and has been for many years. He doesn’t see it and believes therapy is useless because therapists don’t tell you what to do. He also rejects all medications. Is there any way I can […]

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Surviving and Thriving Through Difficult Times

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Question: I am a 60-year-old divorced woman and full-time educator at a private school. My salary is about to be cut in half because of the economy. I am feeling overwhelmed not knowing the length of my current job, my current income or my retirement income. Any advice on how to manage all of this? […]

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Dementia and Bathing

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Question: I currently assist an 84-year old woman with early dementia. The housekeeper and I have told her repeatedly that she has an odor and needs to shower, but she refuses. Any suggestions? Answer: Dementia is a progressive brain disease that causes a significant deterioration of intellectual abilities. The two most common forms in older […]

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