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Gift Giving for your Older Mom

Gift Giving for your Older Mom

        Sometime in your childhood you probably experienced a gift that didn't feel like a gift. I know this varies wildly depending on your families income and gift giving habits. Most of us have had that moment of secret (or not so secret disappointment) when opening something like underwear or socks. Here is some expert guidance: Bonnie Wertheim wrote  an article How to Give a  Good Gift for the New York Times. In it she says:    "Gift-giving is a love language and one that anyone can learn to speak". Ms. Wertheim then gives us this excellent list of ways to think...

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Taking Off

Taking Off

              Traveling a long distance with an older relative, even one who is as healthy as my 90 year old Dad, includes special challenges. There can be extra health risks during long flights. With a little advance planning you can make the trip easier and safer. In her article for Next Avenue Nancy Monson writes there are 12 strategies that help enhance the flying experience.  "1. Book early, so you have your choice of seats." On our recent cross country trip we were able to book seats with extra leg room (for a $50.00 fee)...

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Too Old?

Too Old?

        The question came up in the 2016 campaign, Trump would be 70 at inauguration, Clinton 68 ... was that just too old to take on the onerous task of running this complicated country?  How much are we entitled to know about candidates who may serve 8 years and whose life expectancy at election is 77 years for men and 81 years for women.  There are so many layers to this question. Linda Rodriguez McRobbie wrote in the ideas column of The Boston Globe that the science of aging brains proves older brains are less plastic and...

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Caregiving - Human or Robot or Both ??

Caregiving - Human or Robot or Both ??

Worldwide the population is aging: according to the NIH "the world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. In 2016 8.5 percent of people worldwide (617 million) are aged 65 and over. According to a report, “An Aging World: 2015(link is external),”  this percentage is projected to jump to nearly 17 percent of the world’s population by 2050 (1.6 billion)." Simultaneously, in the U.S.,  we are experiencing what Jill Lepore calls " the downward compression of the labor market". In her recent article for The New Yorker Ms. Lepore writes:  "In “The Globotics Upheaval,” Richard Baldwin predicts that the march of the...

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With a Stoke, Time = Brain Survival

With a Stoke, Time = Brain Survival

      I only knew my paternal Grandmother after her stroke. She was a slightly scary creature for me as a child, with one lame leg and a dysfunctional hand that curled in on itself. She had regained her brain function (as far as I know) so the only lingering aftermath of her stroke was that one side of her body no longer worked.        She smoked. Constantly. Lighting one cigarette with the next. Her ashtray stood on a stand next to her favorite chair, it too was a piece of furniture, it's surface area was that of a pizza pan. I don't...

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