How to Be an Effective Advocate for Aging Parents

As family caregivers, we play many roles: scheduler, money manager, house cleaner, health aide, nurse, navigator, nurturer and more. Perhaps the most important role is advocate, as we ensure the best possible care for our loved ones when they are vulnerable. That includes understanding and respecting their goals and wishes for their care and quality…

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What Is Parkinson’s Disease?

Cathie Baker was 60 years old, heading west on the highway to her job in Seattle. As oldies played on the radio, her right hand, which was holding the wheel, suddenly jerked. Reflexively, Baker slowed down, worried she might lose control of the car in the middle of the morning rush.  The jolt, which ended…

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Overcoming Roadblocks to Healthy Eating

Healthy eating can help you lose or maintain weight, feel better overall, and possibly decrease your chances of getting certain diseases. Making smart food choices is important at any age. But eating healthy can be difficult even if you know which foods you should buy and prepare. Your budget, physical issues, mood changes, and dietary…

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7 Common Foot Problems and How to Solve Them

With every step, your feet take a pounding equivalent to up to 2.5 times your body weight. After decades of wear and tear, it’s no wonder foot woes start to crop up in your 50s. “Age plus weight plus inappropriate footwear plus genetics equals foot trouble,” says Eric Stamps, dean of the California School of…

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The Underlying Issue of Caregiving: Fear 

Peter* was my go-to guy when it came to all things gardening in the summer. He is one of my favorite relatives in an extended network of family that vacations at the same lake in upstate New York each summer, and we have a shared language of composting and bulb planting, soil supplements and dahlia…

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