Category: Aging in Place

When I began to write this article, a woman friend age 89, called. She told me, “I walked six miles today. The Fitbit said that I did my steps.” “How did you feel?” I asked. “Tired,” she replied. “But then…

(This article appeared previously on the Kaiser Health News site.) Pauline Jeffery had let things slide since her husband died. Her bedroom was a mess. Her bathroom was disorganized. She often tripped over rugs in her living and dining room.…

The three things that adults age 55+ need to face are: 1) death is inevitable, 2) decline is (somewhat) preventable and 3) aging is generally manageable. These three things are not exactly the inverse of the good, the bad and…

A decade and a half ago, when our kids were young, we added rooms to our home to create more space for family and friends. In our 40s at the time, and with retirement not yet in sight, my wife…

I went to lunch with my parents last week. I sat in the back seat, where I was 12  all over again, while my mother drove home from the restaurant and my dad “corrected her mistakes.” He really is the…

When Americans are surveyed about where they want to live as they get older, most say they’d like to stay in their homes and “age in place.”  But many can’t, because their homes have too many stairs or are in…

Barbara Carroll-Marks knew she needed a change in her life. After developing Parkinson’s disease, she had been through a particularly  rough stretch. The condition worsened to the point where she needed 24-hour home nursing care, an experience she remembers as…

If you are one of the many people in the U.S. faced with helping a parent or another loved one find long-term care, then you are probably grappling with a lot of questions. Among them: How can I bring this…

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