One-Third of Dementia Cases Could Be Preventable

Published in October/November 2017 Issue

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

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Leave a Legacy of Good Health for Your Grandkids

Published in August/September 2017 Issue

Among the members of the animal kingdom, our species is one of the few where individuals survive long beyond their reproductive years. Despite the stereotype that older adults are a “burden,” anthropologists assure us that their presence was one of the big reasons the human species has been so successful!  They say that for our Stone Age ancestors, the presence of supportive older relatives, equipped with years of wisdom, gave children a survival advantage.

Five Great Research-Based Resolutions for Happier, Healthier Aging

Published in December 2016 / January 2017 Issue

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? A Hand in Hand poll showed that many of our readers resolve to make lifestyle choices that promote healthier aging—including exercise, healthcare management, socialization and a nutritious diet.

Home Care in the Forefront as More Seniors Live Alone

Published in August/September 2016 Issue

September 18 – 24, 2016 is Unmarried and Single Americans Week

Respite Care Lets Family Caregivers Take a Vacation

Published in June/July 2016 Issue

Does this sound familiar? Your co-worker comes back after two weeks in a tropical paradise. She’s tan, relaxed and passing around photos of herself in her swimsuit on a catamaran, enjoying an umbrella drink at a luau and swimming with sea turtles. You think to yourself that the way you spent your week off—helping your elderly mom move to a retirement apartment—wasn’t quite so glamorous! And you don’t feel very rested, that’s for sure!

Senior Female In Garden Using Walking Frame

Alzheimer's Caregivers List Wandering as a Top Concern

Published in June/July 2016 Issue

It happened in seconds. The phone rang while Maggie was carrying in the groceries with her mom, who has Alzheimer’s disease. By the time Maggie hung up on what proved to be a robocall, Mom was gone! Maggie was frantic. Luckily, she had alerted the neighbors that Mom was confused and tended to get lost. “Thank goodness,” she breathed as she spotted Mom coming down the sidewalk, assisted by a kind gentleman from the next block.

Six Ways to Increase Your Summer Fun

Published in June/July 2015 Issue

Ah, summertime! Remember when you were a kid and you lived for summers? As we grow older, summer may lose a bit of its luster, because it doesn’t signal an immediate change in our daily routine and scorching heat can make our daily chores seem that much more arduous.

Grandmother (70s) with granddaughter (11 years) at beach.

Five Tips for Traveling With Senior Loved Ones

Published in June/July 2015 Issue

Most of us have a limited amount of time and money we’re able to spend on travel. If you have parents who live far from home, the desire to spend time with them means there’s even less time for you to just run off and have a “real” vacation. Or, if you’re a caregiver, you may feel as if you’re never able to get away due to your responsibilities.

"Planning for Long-Term Care" Wordfind

Published in June/July 2015 Issue

No one can predict the future…but everyone can plan for the coming years. Learning about senior living options is an important part of preparing for the future of every American.

New Year's resolution to exercise more.

Wellness Resolutions for 2015

Published in Dec/Jan 2014-15 Issue

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to all our friends and families! This is a great time to take stock of our plans for 2015. Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? There is no shortage of research on aging and caregiving—findings that can provide motivation for making lifestyle choices to improve the health and well-being of elders and the loved ones who care for them.

Seniors Want to Age in Place—Are We Ready for the Challenge?

Published in October/November 2014 Issue

As we saw in the previous issue of Hand in Hand, U.S. Census figures show that fewer older adults are choosing to receive care in a nursing home. Yet the projections also shows major growth in the number of seniors who are living with chronic illness. It is clear that our population is aging, and providing quality care for our nation's older adults is already beginning to challenge our healthcare resources.

October 15 – December 7 is Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period

Published in October/November 2014 Issue

Each year, seniors on Medicare have a seven-week period during which they can switch their Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) and their Medicare Advantage plan. The 2014 Medicare Open Enrollment dates are October 15 – December 7.

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Is Your Home Ready for Aging in Place?

Published in April 2014 Issue

It's time for spring cleaning! Most of us feel inclined to spruce up our homes and yards as the weather turns pleasant this time of year. But if you are a senior or family caregiver, or even if you have senior guests from time to time, your spring cleaning should especially focus on removing hazards and making improvements to keep these older adults safe and comfortable. Performing repairs and add features that allow the home to be more accessible means it will be a better environment for people of every age and ability.

Give Your Home a Senior Safety Checkup

Published in April 2014 Issue

Give Your Home a Senior Safety Checkup

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Paying for Home Improvements

Published in April 2014 Issue

If you are concerned that paying for senior safety improvements is beyond your means, remember that help is available.

Senior Couple Reading Menu

Dining Out Without Filling Out: Healthy Restaurant Eating is Possible

Published in March 2014 Issue

For the majority of us, "middle age spread" is no joke. On average, Americans gain a pound a year in the two decades after the age of 45—even though our recommended healthy weight remains the same. Ongoing research increasingly confirms that maintaining the right body weight is one of the key factors in healthy aging.

Are the Baby Boomers Prepared for Retirement Care?

Published in November 2013 Issue

While a majority of middle-income baby boomers report having at least a rough retirement financial plan in place, an alarming number—72 %—have no plan of any kind to address the day-to-day care they may someday need in retirement, according to a recent study released by the Bankers Life and Casualty Company Center for a Secure Retirement (CSR).

Avoiding the Complications of Diabetes

Published in November 2013 Issue

November is National Diabetes Month. This year's theme is "Diabetes is a Family Affair," reflecting the fact that this disease affects entire families, not just the person with diabetes. While people of every age can develop diabetes, it becomes more common as we grow older. Almost 26 million Americans today have diabetes—almost 8% of our population.

Portrait of an elderly woman in a wheelchair and her caring nurse beside her

Hiring a Home Care Worker: The Agency Advantage

Published in October 2013 Issue

If you're not familiar with eldercare options and how to help an aging loved one, chances are you will be in the future! Today, 40 percent of Americans are already involved to some degree in the care of an elderly person. And when older adults prefer to stay in their own homes rather than move to a nursing home or other senior living facility, home care can be a real life saver for the older adult and family caregivers alike.

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People with Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace: Frequently Asked Questions

Published in October 2013 Issue

You have probably heard that a key part of the new healthcare law, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, began on October 1. Seniors on Medicare have expressed confusion about how they are impacted by this new law and what they should do.

"Grandchild-Proof" Your Home

Published in September 2013 Issue

Maybe your grandchildren live nearby, and you often fill in as a babysitter. Perhaps they live at a distance, and visits are an eagerly awaited special event. You might even be one of the growing number of seniors who are raising their grandchildren when the children's parents cannot. No matter what your situation, when grandchildren are in your home, you want them to be safe...and you want to be able to enjoy their visits without worry.

Baby Boomers: What's On the Horizon?

Published in July 2013 Issue

Unnecessary Hospitalizations: Bad for Seniors, Bad for the Economy

Published in May 2013 Issue

he January 22 cover story of the Journal of the American Medical Association focused on the growing problem of unnecessary hospitalization. As our nation's lawmakers wrangle over the topic of health care reform, this is one thing everyone can agree on: these unnecessary hospital trips cost money, and aren't good for the health of seniors.

Caregiving in the Late-Blended Family

Published in April 2013 Issue

Late-life remarriage complicates caring for an ailing spouse, according to a University of Michigan researcher who conducted one of the first known studies to focus on the challenges facing older remarried caregivers—a growing segment of the older U.S. population.

During American Heart Month, We Heart Health!

Published in February 2013 Issue

When it comes to your heart, it pays to be smart! Know the facts about cardiac wellness.

Top Ten Things to Discuss With Your Senior Parents

Published in February 2013 Issue

Discussing important and very private issues with loved ones who are growing older can be a challenge. 

Three Months Until the Social Security Electronic Switchover

Published in January 2013 Issue

If you are caring for a loved one who receives federal benefit payments by paper check, or if you receive a check on behalf of someone else, you should know that the U.S. Department of the Treasury is requiring that these payments be switched to an electronic option by March 1, 2013.

Resources for Working Family Caregivers

Published in October 2012 Issue

Last month, a report from AARP found that discrimination against family caregivers is on the rise. This is yet another challenge for these very busy people! 

Balancing Work and Caregiving

Published in September 2012 Issue

If you are one of the 44 million Americans who is currently caring for an elderly parent or other loved one, chances are you often feel torn between work duties and the tasks of your caregiver role—transportation, personal care, healthcare appointments, and so many other responsibilities.

Are You Part of the Sandwich Generation?

Published in August 2012 Issue

A survey of social workers who provide services to Sandwich Generation women found that this group is ill-prepared for the challenges of caring for older relatives. 

Keep Senior Loved Ones Safe During Emergencies

Published in August 2012 Issue

"Be prepared." That motto isn't only relevant for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts! As we approach the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we will no doubt be reminded that during disasters, older adults and people with disabilities are disproportionally affected.

Emergency Supply Kit Checklist

Published in August 2012 Issue

Emergency supplies checklist.

Long-Distance Caregiving

Published in July 2012 Issue

Up until fairly recently, most families lived in the same community generation after generation. They could share the responsibilities that go along with caring for older family members. But today, we live in a much more mobile society.

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Advance Directives: Plan Now, Just in Case

Published in April 2012 Issue

We like to think that we will always be capable of making our own health care decisions. Sometimes it works out that way; sometimes it doesn't. Fortunately, advance directives give us a powerful way to think and act ahead of time for such situations, just in case. There are two types of legal documents that are referred to as "advance directives"