Caregivers Support

Attention, Caregivers: Compassion Fatigue is Real. Here Are Some Ways You Can Deal With It.

If you’re a caregiver, actively caring for a loved one with serious health issues, the symptoms may sound all too familiar. You find yourself feeling exhausted all the time. Sometimes you feel irritable, even losing your sense of sympathy for the person you’re helping. You may have experienced physical symptoms such as headaches or weight…

Prescriptions and Depression: Revisiting a 2018 New York Times Report Linking Common Meds with Depression, Even Suicide

An unnerving article we discovered last year in the New York Times asked a penetrating question: could the rise in rates of depression and suicide be somehow linked to increasing use of common prescription drugs, some of which are also available over the counter? This inquiry was prompted by a 2018 report showing that m0re…

New Netflix Documentary Reveals that Dementia – “The Most Horrible of Diseases” – is Also One of the Most Misunderstood

A new documentary on dementia has just premiered this past week on Netflix¸ and it’s sure to attract a lot of attention. We haven’t seen it yet, but we did discover this article about the documentary on the Newsweek website. The article features an interview about the disease with Dr. John DenBoer, a dementia researcher…

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Helping Your Kids Financially May Be a Good Idea – but Not at the Expense of Your Own Retirement Security

Being a generous parent is usually a good thing. After all, most of us want to help out our kids as much as we can, especially when they’re first starting out on their own. But this recent article on the Bankrate.com website pointed out a darker side of parental generosity: a significant number of parents…

If the Parents Won’t Initiate the “Retirement Conversation,” Maybe It’s Time for the Kids Turn the Tables

Here at AgingOptions we often say that aging is a family affair – another way of saying that parents need to involve their adult kids in their plans for the future. We’ve seen too many families fall apart because mom and dad never made their wishes clear. Others have faced financial pressure because the parents…

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No Time, No Information: New Research Reveals That Seniors and Families are “Poorly Served” When Choosing a Rehab Facility

Just last week here on the AgingOptions blog, we shared an article from Kaiser Health News showing that many seniors recovering from knee or hip surgery enjoy a better outcome and fewer complications recuperating at home instead of in a rehab facility. (You’ll find that article here.) But what about those who for various reasons…

If You’re Married Facing Retirement, You Have Some Work to Do to Make Certain You’re On the Same Page

We enjoy reading articles by nationally-syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary. Her financial advice covers a wide range of topics but her views on money and aging are of particular interest to us here at AgingOptions. So we were immediately drawn to column we first read a year or so ago on the Washington Post website, and…