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I Didn't Miss My Mother - Until She Was Gone — May 20, 2018
Written by Lisa Kosan for Next Avenue On my occasional weekends away from home, I missed my view of the Hudson River, the varying shades and moods of the water outside my ...
How to Cope with a Parent Who Hoards — Apr 27, 2018
The pain and frustration are palpable. “I hired a maid… [My mother] didn’t talk to me for months. I filled two construction dumpsters full and there was still 2,400 square...
Would You Want to Know Your Risk of Alzheimer's? — Mar 07, 2018
If one of your parents died of Alzheimer’s or has it, what does that mean for your own prognosis? How much would you want to know about your risk of Alzheimer’s when there ...
5 Things Family Caregivers Need to Know About Family Leave — Feb 13, 2018
February marks the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off from work to care for a new...
How to Be Supportive to Friends Experiencing Loss — Feb 13, 2018
Loss is an inescapable part of life. Whether we’ve lost someone to death, or are going through a living loss such as divorce, retirement, a life-threatening illness, a debi...
What to Do With Photos of a Late Loved One? — Jan 09, 2018
After the death of a loved one, the bereaved face painful “What do I do with …” decisions. What do I do with my spouse’s clothes? (Give them to friends? Relatives? Goodwi...
Using Trusts to Qualify for Medicaid — Dec 01, 2017
When it’s time to pay long-term care costs, your income from savings, pensions or other sources may be too little to cover nursing care costs but too high for you to qualif...
‘Letter Project’ Makes End-of-Life Wishes Clear — Oct 31, 2017
This article is reprinted by permission from Next Avenue. “I do not want to be a burden on my family… I would prefer to be placed in a nursing home or whatever kind of fac...
The "Dude" Approach to Dementia — May 26, 2017
This article is reprinted with permission from Next Avenue. “Did I know you were coming today?” “Yeah, Mom. I wrote you a letter.” (The same letter that’s sitting right t...
Finding Solutions to the Growing Caregiver Crisis — Mar 10, 2017
This article is reprinted by permission from Next Avenue. Part of the Transforming Life as We Age Special Report We are facing an extraordinary demographic shift that wil...