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101-Year-Old Runner Retires. Bigger Surprise? When He Started.

Would you believe that a 101-year-old man is just now retiring—from running? According to the Associated Press, 101-year-old Fauja Singh of Great Britain ran his last competitive race this week, a 6.25-mile event that he finished in just over 90 minutes. However, this isn’t the first time Singh has made headlines. Last year, he became... Read more

News Break: Should There Be Hospice Greeting Cards?

When you don’t know what to say—when someone’s going through a hard time—well, there’s always Hallmark. Root through the stack and pull out a “get well soon” card or a “my condolences.” It seems like there’s a greeting card for just about every situation … except dying. When Regina Holliday’s husband, Fred, had cancer, they... Read more

3 Ways to Add “Companionship” to Your To-Do List

It can be often overlooked in the midst of tasks, appointments and to-do lists. The house needs to be cleaned, meals need to be prepared, appointments need to be kept, and prescriptions need to be filled. Companionship during a visit to an elderly family member is not on the schedule. The dishes need to be... Read more

Alzheimer’s and Music: How Elvis Brought My Grandma Back

Often, Alzheimer’s and dementia can tarnish the memories we have of our loved ones. However, as I reflect on my own memories of a family member with Alzheimer’s, I realize not all of them were before her diagnosis. Even after she fell ill, there was something that could temporarily bring one of my dearest loved... Read more

News Break: Home Help Required to Stem Hospital Readmissions, AP Reports

Almost one in five Medicare patients gets another go-round in the hospital within a month of being released. Hospitals have been trying to reduce this readmission rate, but the thing is, the causes aren’t all related to the hospital stay. Some causes happen at home. So, in many cases, to prevent hospital readmissions, “hospitals will... Read more

3 “Little Things” That Improve Communication Between Caregivers and Loved Ones

Have you ever noticed that it’s the little things that make a big difference? The “little things” come in many forms. It’s the unknown stranger in the car in front of me who pays for my coffee; the old friend who calls to catch up; the beautiful sunset on a long, hard day; the friendly... Read more

Great Smartphone and Tablet Apps for Seniors

Last week we discussed how to make technology easier for seniors, and touched on the names of a few apps in the process. This week, we’ve compiled a more thorough list of easy-to-use iOS (Apple operating system) and Android apps to make your or your loved one’s life easier: BrainHQ, by Posit Science Brain HQ... Read more

News Break: When Siblings Clash: Elder-Care Mediators to the Rescue

When Mom or Dad needs home care, the family tends to come together—whether they want to or not. Sometimes, siblings find it best to live separate lives. Not all of us have perfect, happy families. But a parent who needs help often needs it from all the kids. Problems erupt when all those kids have... Read more

You Can Be a Daughter Again

It happens slowly, over time. Many don’t even know until it’s too late. They are a son, a daughter, a spouse one day, and the next they are a caregiver. The role of a caregiver is a sacred relationship, but it also carries unique struggles. This new role can be a difficult relationship to accept... Read more

3 Quick Tips to Make Technology Easier

In the last two years, an explosion of portable communications technology has leapt into the laps of consumers, and many older people are keeping pace by adopting these new technologies as well. Not only are tablets, smartphones and ultrabooks a great way to keep up with family, but they’re also handy for keeping your mind... Read more

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