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Helping family members work out conlfict when caring for aging parents

Kurt Kazanowski
Hospice, home care and health system expert with more than 30 years of experience
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Keep your aging parent active and happy by encouraging bowling

Tom Winkel
President, Board of Directors
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Adult children can help their aging parents manage hearing loss

Pamela Mason, M.Ed, CCC-A
Director, Audiology Professional Practices
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Pay careful attention to your elderly parent's hospitalization

Bonnie Friedman
Professional Communicator
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Advice on what to do when an aging loved one wants to hasten death

Jennifer Ballentine, MA
Executive Director
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Maximize rewards and minimize stress when caring for aging parents

Jennifer Ballentine, MA
Executive Director
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Loved ones can help seniors though the progression of Alzheimer's

Sara Spaulding, APR
Vice President of Marketing and Communications
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How to ensure the safety of your aging parents behind the wheel

Rey Erickson, OTR/L, MS
Occupational Therapist and Driver Rehabilitation Generalist
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Caring for Aging Parents

Nearly 10 million adult children over the age of 50 currently care for an aging parent—and this number will undoubtedly grow as Baby Boomers continue to age. For adult children providing personal care and/or financial assistance to their parents, this can be an extremely stressful and uncertain time. The experts at ExpertBeacon can help guide you through this experience, and offer advice and insight into the emotional, physical, financial and psychological stress this situation causes for many.

How to help and support your aging parents as they grow older

We want what’s best for our parents, in the same way that they have always looked out for our best interests. As our parents age, we find that their needs change, either because of medical conditions or simply because they have moved into a new phase of their lives. How can we support their continued growth and successful aging process while also being mindful of their physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual needs? It’s all about respect….

Dr. Roger LandryMD, MPH

Dr. Roger Landry is a preventive medicine physician, author of award-winning Live Long, Die Short: A Guide to Authentic Health and Successful Aging and President of Masterpiece Living, a group of multi-discipline specialists in aging who partner...

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Safety and home healthcare tips for elderly parents in the winter

Craig Hood Executive Vice-President Allegro Medical

Caregivers face a number of challenges. They must juggle their time, balance a number of responsibilities, deal with extra costs, and maintain physical and mental health. In the winter, when the weather brings snow, ice, slush and dangerous conditions, these challenges become that much more amplified. To help an aging parent during these months, it’s important to be aware of the many hazards winter can bring. Follow the below dos and don'ts for a safer, happier winter.

Craig HoodExecutive Vice-President

Craig Hood, executive vice president of Allegro Medical (www.AllegroMedical.com), one of the Scrip Companies and leading supplier of high quality home medical supplies and equipment, has extensive experience working as a caregiver for adults wit...

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Adult children can help their aging parents manage hearing loss

As a middle aged adult, you may be considered a member of the “sandwich generation.” You are raising a family, and at the same time, taking care of an aging parent, whether it is financially, practically or emotionally--or a combination of these. And this position in life can bring on additional burdens, responsibilities and stress.

Pamela Mason, M.Ed, CCC-ADirector, Audiology Professional Practices

Pam Mason is Director of Audiology Professional Practices at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), where she has worked for more than a decade. In her role, Pam leads the provision of outreach to consumers and professional ...

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Advice on what to do when an aging loved one wants to hasten death

The request may not be very clear. Expressions might include, “I’m sick of being sick. Can’t this just be over?”; “Why won’t God just take me now?”; “We don’t let our animals suffer like this, so why do I have to?” or “Can’t you do something to help this along?”

Or the request might be much more subtle, such as your own mother asking her hospice nurse, “Is there a large body of water near here I could just walk into?”

Jennifer Ballentine, MAExecutive Director

Jennifer is an expert on the end of life from a variety of perspectives: as a professional healthcare educator and advocate, caregiver of aging parents, and cancer survivor. She has presented hundreds of programs to the public and professionals ...

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Loved ones can help seniors though the progression of Alzheimer's

Sara Spaulding, APR Vice President of Marketing and Communications Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado

As we age, dementia is not inevitable. However, it is fatal and there is no way to slow or stop its progression. One in nine Americans over the age of 65 and one in three over the age of 85 will develop the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease.

Sara Spaulding, APRVice President of Marketing and Communications

An expert in communication strategies, crisis management, media relations and branding, Sara has held leadership positions for healthcare organizations, non-profit associations and in the corporate sector. She currently holds the position of Vic...

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How to best approach your parent on moving into a nursing home

Deciding on putting your parent or parents into a nursing home can be a stressful experience. Finding out how to deal with the situation can make all the difference to you and to your parent. Prepare yourself, present your concerns, and deal with the situation with the help of others, and you can make the transition as painless as possible.

Mary Kelly Blakeslee, Ph.D.Retired Psychologist

I am a recently retired Psychologist. I had a private practice since 1985, first in Springfield, then Summit New Jersey. My practice consisted of individual and couples therapy, with adolescents and adults, covering issues of depression and anxi...

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Advice for managing the depression of your aging loved ones

Dr. Wojciech Zolcik Medical director, Senior Behavioral Health Exempla Lutheran Medical Center

Growing older does not protect us from mental illness. Many diseases, such as high blood pressure, heart disease and high cholesterol, develop in early adulthood. And we keep them until the day we die. Depression, anxiety, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (also called manic-depressive illness) is no different. If we don’t have these prior to becoming seniors, we are likely to develop depression and other mental issues as we grow older.

Dr. Wojciech ZolcikMedical director, Senior Behavioral Health

Dr. Zolcik was in private practice and was the medical director of the Community Reach Center, prior to his current position. He also served as the medical director of Behavioral Health Services at a county hospital in Gillette, Wyoming, and as ...

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Navigating the challenges of becoming a caregiver to aging parents

With each new decade, the expected age of longevity increases. And elderly parents tend to require care from their adult children who are also aging. According to a 2013 report by Dr. Glenn D. Braunstein, Vice President of Clinical Innovation at Cedars-Sinai, 25 percent of grown children help their parents by providing personal or financial assistance. In the same year, Pew Research Social and Demographic Trends stated that 21 percent give financial support to parents 65 or older.

Carolyn WarnemuendeConsultant, Writer

Carolyn Warnemuende writes articles on parenting and families. Her careers have included teaching, counseling, and serving as a behavior specialist. She has a non-profit corporation that sponsors a school in Uganda that she assisted in establish...

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Talk openly by starting a care conversation with aging parents

In the United States, nearly 70 percent of individuals age 65 and older will require long-term or post-acute care at some point in their lives. And with the population of older Americans expected to more than double to 92 million by 2060, the growing need for skilled nursing care will be experienced by families from coast to coast.

Bob Van DykPresident and CEO

Mr. Van Dyk is a past chairman of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). He serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of both associations. Mr. Van Dyk is a founder and pri...

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Managing the stress often associated with family caregiving

Yosaif August Award-winning life coach, healthcare innovator and caregiver advocate, author Coaching for Caregivers

A new study from Johns Hopkins found that caregivers actually live longer. They are 18 percent more likely to do so. However, this newfound longevity depends on their ability to manage the stress that often comes with caregiving. Reaching out for love and support is an invaluable way of helping them manage their stress.

Yosaif AugustAward-winning life coach, healthcare innovator and caregiver advocate, author

Yosaif August is an award-winning caregiver advocate, healthcare innovator, life coach, keynote presenter, and author of Coaching for Caregivers: How To Reach Out Before You Burn Out. In Coaching for Caregivers he presents some of the lessons he...

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Get long-term care that is the right fit for your elderly parent

Finding long term care for your aging parents can be a daunting task. You may be doing your research for the future, or, you may need care immediately due to an elderly loved one’s recent injury. No matter your situation, here is some expert advice to help you find the long-term home care fit for your family.

Emma DickisonPresident

Emma is a Certified Senior Advisor®, Certified Franchise Executive and a successful franchise industry veteran. With nearly 20 years of experience in franchise management, Dickison’s credits include helping to build two of the country’s top fran...

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Help your elderly parent maintain independence with good communication

Patty Hopker Author, Life Coach and Consultant for the aging DiLE-UP, LLC

Since elderly parents depend on their children more and more for support with each passing year, the use of appropriate communication skills are necessary to avoid misunderstandings and hurt feelings between loved ones. You will more than likely be placed in a position of discussing conflicting sensitive issues with your parents because their goal is to maintain their independence and your goal is for your parents to be happy, healthy and safe. If discussion is approached in an inappropriate way, these goals may collide, and then the war begins.

Patty HopkerAuthor, Life Coach and Consultant for the aging

Patty’s formal education and degree in nutrition with a concentration in lifestyles, and added studies of psychology and criminology has supported her career and her passion for helping the elders of our society. She has worked closely with fami...

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Helping family members work out conlfict when caring for aging parents

Kurt Kazanowski Hospice, home care and health system expert with more than 30 years of experience Homewatch Caregivers

Our parents took care of us when we were younger, but now unfortunately our parents may need us to take care of them in their golden years. Though the entire family wants what is best for mom or dad, there may be disagreements when it comes to helping with day-to-day activities and if your aging parents become ill. While there are many obstacles facing families in this situation, there are also many options to make the process easier and keep things peaceful.

Kurt Kazanowski Hospice, home care and health system expert with more than 30 years of experience

Kurt Kazanowski is a Consultant, Speaker, Author and Coach for Hospice and Home Care Organizations. He is a native of Detroit Michigan and has over three decades of experience in the field of Health Care. He received his Bachelors Degree from Me...

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Keep your aging parent active and happy by encouraging bowling

Tom Winkel President, Board of Directors South Eastern Michigan Bowling Centers Associations (SEMBCA)

Bowling can be a whole-family sport with benefits for young kids and teenagers as well. For seniors particularly, bowling is good for their physical as well as their mental health. Encourage your aging parents to seek out a bowling league, or even just go with you and your family to the bowling alley for some quality family time. Here is some advice on how bowling can help your parents stay happy and active in their old age. 

Tom WinkelPresident, Board of Directors

Tom Winkel has been working in the bowling center industry since 1976 and is vice president of Woodland Lanes in Livonia, Mich., a family-owned and operated business. Winkel has a bachelor degree in business administration from Wayne State Unive...

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Pay careful attention to your elderly parent's hospitalization

Bonnie Friedman Professional Communicator Bonnie Friedman Strategic Communications, LLC

Elderly hospital patients have all the same needs as younger ones and more. For elderly patients, the hospital represents greater dangers and risks from infections and falls to lapses in communication and higher rates of readmission. The margin for error, misunderstanding, and oversight is wider, and the results can be graver.

If you have an elderly parent in the hospital, you need to be sharp-eyed and mindful, paying careful attention to your loved one’s needs and the medical team’s care. Here are some do’s and don’ts to help guide you.

Bonnie FriedmanProfessional Communicator

Bonnie is a professional communicator specializing in patient advocacy, worker safety and health, and related issues. Prior to starting her own business several years ago, she served as Communications Director of the Occupational Safety and Heal...

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Maximize rewards and minimize stress when caring for aging parents

The past century has seen near-miraculous advances in health, longevity and our ability to cure or manage disease. These advances--as well as our culture’s increasing awareness of healthy lifestyles--have resulted in much longer lives, often lived well for a much longer time.

Jennifer Ballentine, MAExecutive Director

Jennifer is an expert on the end of life from a variety of perspectives: as a professional healthcare educator and advocate, caregiver of aging parents, and cancer survivor. She has presented hundreds of programs to the public and professionals ...

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How to ensure the safety of your aging parents behind the wheel

It is estimated that by the year 2030, there will be 58.9 million people in the U.S. over the age of 65—and many of these individuals will still be drivers.

While many older drivers are still safe at this age, these drivers have a higher risk of serious injury related to motor vehicle accidents than their younger counterparts on the road.

Rey Erickson, OTR/L, MSOccupational Therapist and Driver Rehabilitation Generalist

I have been an Occupational Therapist for 21 years. For nine of those (2001-2010) 21 years, I worked as a Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) but I am not currently a CDRS. My current work at Centura-Porter Adventist Hosptial...

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How to find a good home care agency and stay in your home

Did you know that by 2030, the U.S. government projects our population of people over the age of 65 to be 72 million, double the number that it was in 2000? Today 1/3 of Americans spend 20 hours a week or more in direct care for their parents. Stresses of everyday life, family obligations, and work requirements can make caring for senior loved ones seem almost impossible. Many Americans are turning to home care as a viable option to allow mom and dad to age in place safely and comfortably for as long as possible.

Tim HomerOwner

Tim Homer is the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare South Dayton. Based in Gilbert Arizona, SYNERGY HomeCare is a national franchise of non-medical home care dedicated to providing exceptional and affordable service to anyone of any age. SYNERGY HomeCare...

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Advice for seniors moving to a smaller home or retirement community

You’ve decided the time is right to move to a smaller home, apartment or retirement community. But where do you start? The entire process seems extremely overwhelming. You have a lot more furniture than your new place will hold, tons of stuff to give to the kids, and good china and crystal to get rid of. The key is to move while you are still the one in charge. Your adult children will most likely assist with your move; however, be sure you make the major decisions while you still can.

Betty White and Jeanine PlumhoffSenior Move Managers

Betty White has a background in human resources and insurance sales. Jeanine Plumhoff’s background is in accounting and payroll. After helping their own parents move multiple times, they developed a passion for senior moves and saw a huge ...

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Preserve the dignity of your elderly parents by caring for their needs

As you care for your aging parents, you might notice that they are experiencing a low self-esteem or self-worth. Some elders are at a stage where they are looking back on life with regrets, rather than contentment. These feelings of despair and hopelessness are connected to challenges and current functioning. Some contributing factors stem from lack of independence and self-esteem in childhood and during other relevant times in their lives. Self-esteem scars may have exerted residual effects creating a lack of confidence in many different aspects of life.

Marcella Talignani, LCSWLicensed Psychotherapist

Marcella Talignani is a psychotherapist practicing in Brooklyn, New York. She has her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is an MSW, LMSW, LCSW. She specializes in treating a very diverse population of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. She is a...

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Minimize the holiday blues for seniors suffering from depression

While the holiday season can be a time of added stress for many of us, the elderly population is at an increased risk for depression during the holidays. You may notice a change in your loved one's mood or you may notice a decline in their physical activity. They may show symptoms of fatigue or sadness--and have no interest in the holiday or in their surroundings. Additionally, they might not have the same level of excitement and anticipation that they had when they were younger.

Karen Moorehead, C.S.A.President

Karen Moorehead, a C.S.A., has been the owner of Elderlink Home Care, Inc. since 2000. Karen is passionate about seniors and senior issues and dedicated to providing quality services to her clients. ...

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Discussing difficult life issues with aging family members

Talking about issues facing aging adults, such as finances, health, driving, help in the home, moving and death, is frequently difficult for both family members and older adults. Thinking your words through ahead of time and avoiding major pitfalls can make your important family discussions more productive.

Mark A Edinberg, Ph.D.Psychologist and author

I have been in practice with older adults and their families for over 20 years. I have written two books in this area, including “Talking with your aging parents”, and have lectured and talked about issues of the elderly both nationally and int...

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Get help caring for an elderly parent with this expert advice

Sue DeVos Manager of Home Care Intake and Service Coordination Unity Health System

Parents have many important talks with their children throughout their lives. But it can be a strange and daunting feeling when the tables are turned and an adult child needs to initiate a conversation about care. Oftentimes, the older parents don’t see (or admit to) the need for in-home care, or that it is time to move into an independent- or assisted-living facility. In addition, siblings can have very different ideas about what needs to be done, and if they live in a different town, they may not see the whole picture of how the parents are doing.

Sue DeVosManager of Home Care Intake and Service Coordination

Sue DeVos is the manager of Home Care Intake and Service Coordination at Unity Health System in Rochester, N.Y. She oversees the Social Day Programs, Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver Program, and the Care at Home Program (non-medical...

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Advice for elderly families in transition

Jean Allard VP & Sales Associate Keystone Real Estate Group, Inc.

As family members get older the reality is that you will have to have several discussions with them on the elder’s wishes on housing, care and end of life directives. The time to have these conversations is as soon as possible and while the conversations can be difficult, it is better to have them now rather than after something happens and no one is prepared.

Jean AllardVP & Sales Associate

Jean Allard, SRES is Vice President and a top performing Sales Associate for Keystone Real Estate Group, Inc. serving commercial and residential markets in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. She holds a Senior Real Estate Specialist designation, an...

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