The Sandwich Generation--Trite but True!

by Kathy Green  •  August 23, 2012
An expressive but rather unsavoury metaphor to describe those in the unenviable position of having the complex job of raising children still at home and caring for elderly parents who, in many cases if not failing mentally and/or physically, are becoming increasingly demanding. Finding yourself in this situation is tough on many levels. Having been through it myself, I felt this drive to "fix" it all. I wanted to be there for my parents naturally as they had been incredibly nurturing and s...
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 Caregivers of the Elderly Beware!

Caregivers of the Elderly Beware!

by Kathy Green  •  August 15, 2012
It is a complicated and sometimes worrisome responsibility to be the provider of care for your senior. Besides the obvious need to provide safe accommodation, good nutrition and reliable medical support for them, you need to realize that there are many predators in the community who regularly target the elderly. These criminals are creative and sly, realizing that they are preying on people who may be diminished both intellectually and emotionally. This means that the logical thinking of y...
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Grandma Knows Best

by Kathy Green  •  August 08, 2012
In our rapidly changing world, where knowledge doubles every 7 years, we are often reluctant to look back to solutions from the past, thinking them outdated and archaic. This certainly true in the world of cleaning products, where we have gone from incredibly fragrant and chemical laden products to the current obsession with "green" and healthy products. But these come at a price! With our budgets tighter than ever in a world with a fragile economy, maybe it is time to return to homemade, to...
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Think Twice About Giving Elders Nutrition Drinks or Shakes

by Kathy Green  •  July 24, 2012
The elderly often loose interest in eating or are unable to eat as they always did. Should they be given a nutrition supplement drink to replace the meals they should be eating? Specialists in treating the elderly, take weight loss among the elderly very seriously and caregivers should too. However, some caregivers feel that feeding their elder a nutrition supplement drink, instead of a meal, ensures that their loved one is getting the nutrition they need. This just is not the case! Merely ...
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Should The Elderly Be Allowed To Drive?

by John Philip Green  •  July 18, 2012
In the next 15-20 years, the number of elderly individuals will more than triple in the United States. That’s right... the number of people over the age of 70... will triple! So what does this mean? Well, for one thing, it means that there will a lot more retirement homes popping up, as well as more people seeking out quality home care providers. But it also means that there will be a lot of elderly drivers on the roads. It is a fact that as a person ages, their motor skills and re...
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Love at Any Age? Grandmother Married at 85…

by Kathy Green  •  July 10, 2012
Love, affection, companionship, friendship—call it what you will, but it is something that makes life full and special at any age. But getting married later in life can bring confused or surprised looks along with the congratulations. Because couples who live together outside marriage no longer face the societal judgement they once did, families and friends are often surprised when older couples still choose to marry. But the newlyweds have no illusions about the vow “in sickness and in hea...
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The Tyranny of Fragility

by Kathy Green  •  June 28, 2012
Logically it seemed so simple. Mom lived alone. She will be 84 on her next birthday and is less and less able to look after her home both physically and emotionally. She has always been a strong, independent and reasonable woman, so this move out of her home into some kind of assisted facility should be easy, “a piece of cake” as the saying goes. After all, safety comes first! To make this transition even easier, she had the resources to make this move, and with the sale of her home, her ca...
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