Yellow Dot on Car Can Save Your Life

Q. My wife, Joanne, was recently in a car accident. Luckily, it wasn't serious. What would happen if one of us were in a serious car accident? How would the emergency personnel know that she is diabetic and that I have Parkinson's … [Read more...]

Challenges Faced by the Aging LGBT Community

The Administration on Aging estimates that there are between 1.75 million and 4 million Americans over the age of 60 who are LGBT. Although many LGBT seniors are satisfied with their lives, there are still many who remain closeted … [Read more...]

Amazing Stories of Animal Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients

As Lisa Abeyta’s father’s Alzheimer’s is progressing, his ability to communicate and cope with unfamiliar surroundings and noises is diminishing. Noises of laughter and happy conversation that used to make him smile now cause … [Read more...]

Bunny Therapy Brings Relaxation to Seniors

May is National Pet Month, a celebration of the benefits that pets bring to people's lives and vice versa. It is an ideal time to celebrate the health benefits of animals for seniors, which can include relaxation, socialization, … [Read more...]

Caregiving Spouses Often Don’t Seek Help

There are more than 42 million unpaid family caregivers in the United States, including spouses, adult children, and others. A recent report, issued by the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute, focuses on … [Read more...]

Kenny Chesney Brings Music to Those with Alzheimer’s

Music has been found to connect people with Alzheimer’s to memories, enabling them to open up to loved ones and even enhancing their quality of life. Sometimes, the response is immediate and shocking. In fact, according to Geri … [Read more...]

Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary’s Impassioned Plea

Michelle Singletary, who writes a financial column for the Washington Post, often shares personal stories to spare others from making financial mistakes. In a recent column and interview on WBUR, she wrote about the importance of … [Read more...]

Before You Choose a Nursing Home . . .

Q. I recently read a sad article in the Washington Post about an Alexandria woman named Anne Bailey Farr (not sure if she is a relative of yours?), who is facing charges in connection with the death of her 98-year-old mother, who … [Read more...]

Are You Prepared For Incapacity?

What would happen if you were in an accident, or had a stroke, or for another reason you suddenly became incapacitated or comatose, and were unable to make decisions for yourself? It is difficult to think about, but if this … [Read more...]

Heartbleed Bug: How to Protect Yourself

Certain websites, including Yahoo, USMagazine.com, Pinterest, among others, were recently exposed to a major security bug called Heartbleed. The bug has the potential to expose private information to cybercriminals, including … [Read more...]