Blue Zones: Hotspots of Health, Vitality, and Longevity

Moai Walking Group at Blue Zone in MN. Image source: AARP Q. My 78-year-old sister, Alberta (Bertie), lives alone with her 7-year old West Highland White Terrier, Hallie. Bertie makes healthy choices, has a great group of … [Read more...]

Exciting Age-in-Place Technology from the 2015 mHealth Summit in DC

In Touch Health Robot When loved ones are living independently and you can't be there all the time, you often worry about their safety and well-being. You may wonder if they are eating often enough, taking their medications, … [Read more...]

New Law Helps More People Live Independently

Q. My widowed 82-year-old mother lives in the home she has owned for more than 60 years. She is legally blind, and has severe arthritis and diabetes, but she insists on staying in her home for now. In my opinion, in order for her … [Read more...]

Balanced Budget Act: Good or Bad for Seniors?

Image source: Wall Street Journal On November 2, 2015, the Balanced Budget Act of 2015 (BBA) was signed into law by President Barack Obama. According to the President’s statement on the day of the signing, "Democrats and … [Read more...]

She was in the Hospital a Week, and They’re Calling it Observation Status!

Image Source: Dailymail Q. Last month, my 82 year-old mother, Shirley, fainted and hit her back on the bathroom counter on her way to the ground. When she came to, she could hardly move, but she was able to grab her … [Read more...]

Critter Corner: Why Take Advantage of End-of-life Care Talks?

Dear Baxter,  I just read that Medicare will fund end-of-life planning discussions with doctors, as of Jan. 1, 2016. Why is this important? My doctor already does this for free. And why should seniors take advantage of these … [Read more...]

How Do You Tell Loved Ones That You Have Alzheimer’s?

Greg O'Brien and his family (source: Fifty-nine year old Greg O'Brien lives a healthy and happy life. He exercises every day, makes a good living, and spends lots of quality time with his wife and three … [Read more...]

Be Very Afraid: Our Top Ten Scariest Articles

With Halloween upon us, now is the time when we present you with this year’s scariest & creepiest stories. From posthumous messages from loved ones to Alzheimer's being contagious, we uncovered some scary ground. To … [Read more...]

Spooky or Reassuring? Posthumous Messages from Loved Ones

Image from Imagine you had a letter from someone who was likely to pass away – could you resist reading it?  Morgan received a letter from her cancer-stricken brother-in-law, Jack, to be opened after his … [Read more...]

Mandating Overtime Pay for In-Home Caregivers

My mother-in-law, Stella, lives alone in her home in Florida, and her health has been declining for some time. About a year ago, we hired an in-home caregiver for her who comes 4 hours every day from a local agency.  Now her … [Read more...]