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Dementia is NOT a Normal Part of Aging! (Ep #024)

 

You’ve heard people say “she’s doing great! She’s old, but she’s all there!” or “he’s 90 and still so sharp!”

 

These statements about older adults make the assumption that with aging comes serious cognitive problems, like dementia! But, these ideas are actually not supported by science and in fact, are a myth and a direct result of ageism, which includes bias and stereotypes based on age, and affects older adults more than any other group. 

 

In today’s episode, I want to share an important message that DEMENTIA IS NOT A NORMAL PART OF AGING!

 

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There is a big myth out there that with age comes dementia. And while, with age the risk for dementia does in fact increase, it’s important to know that Dementia is NOT a normal part of aging!! 

 

What is dementia?!

Dementia is a general term that we use to describe a certain type of brain condition...

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Talking With Your Partner (When You Don't Agree) About Moving Aging Parents In With You! (Ep#023)

The idea of moving your aging parents in with you is complicated and if you're facing this possibility AND you're in a relationship, this can up the ante of complications.

A few weeks ago, I was featured in the Chicago Tribune in an article that had to do with how to go about making the decision to move your aging parents in with you! In today’s episode, I take a deeper dive into what to do if you and your partner don’t agree on moving your aging parents in with you!

 

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 Today,  I wanted to dive a little deeper and talk about what to do if you and your partner don’t agree on moving your aging parents in with you! 

 

You and your partner were raised differently. You had different parents, different family structures, different family systems, and different roles and values! Your relationship with your aging parents is unique and your partner’s relationship with their aging parents is unique as well. So...

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Moving Older Parents in With You? These 7 Tips Will Help! (Ep# 021)

aging parents blog housing Oct 15, 2019

 

A few weeks ago, I was featured in the Chicago Tribune in an article that had to do with how to go about making the decision to move your aging parents in with you!

 

In today’s episode, I take it a step further and share tips for moving your aging parents (or in-laws) in with you AND I talk about pros and cons to help you really think about this decision!

 

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Today, I wanted to walk you through...

 

7 tips to consider If you’re in the process of moving your aging parents (or in-laws) in with you.

 

1. Take your time with this move/transition and lay a roadmap.

Sometimes, crisis strikes and you have to act fast. But, if you’re considering this move and there is no crisis, really take the time to think it through and be mindful each step of the way. This includes many conversations with your spouse and children. And, even many conversations with your parents (if they’re able). Maybe even...

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What To Do When Your Aging Parent Refuses to Stop Driving? (Ep #020)

 

 

For the past few weeks,  I’ve been talking with you about safe driving, driving retirement, and talking with aging parents about stopping driving. Well today, I’m gonna share what to do if your aging parent is no longer safe to drive, but is refusing to stop driving. This is incredibly stressful, but my tips in this video will help! 

 

 

From time to time, I run across situations in which older adults flat out refuse to stop driving, even after all of the assessments have been completed, their doctor tells them they are NO LONGER SAFE to drive, and their driver’s license has been revoked. 

 

These situations are really stressful, leaving you in a tight bind. You don’t want to be in conflict with your aging parent (you have dreams of living in a Hallmark aging story), and at the same time, you don’t want your parent putting themselves and others at risk of harm.


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How To Talk With Older Adults About Stopping Driving Without Pushing Them Away! (Ep #019)

 

You’ve heard the expression, all good things must come to an end.  Sometimes this means an end to driving.

It today’s episode, I share...

10 tips for talking with your aging parent about stopping driving… without pushing them away. 

Every day, I get questions from physicians, social workers, nurses, friends, and so many others about older adults and driving. So, I decided to create a series on driving in the hopes that it will help you to navigate a very difficult topic for many families.

This episode will help you tackle this difficult conversation with grace and confidence!

 

 

10 Tips for Talking with Your Aging Parents about Stopping Driving Without Pushing Them Away!



Tip #1 - Prepare for the Talk

Before you have this conversation with your parent, take the time to prepare. And, I mean, really prepare. Here’s how!

1. Ride in the car with them and see how they do (you may be surprised to find that they’re actually a...

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How To Find Transportation For Seniors! 7 Strategies! (EP #017)

 

Driving is SO important to older adults. It helps them to stay socially connected, helps them to experience independence, it reduces risk of depression and isolation, and so much more. There are so many good reasons that older adults want to drive for as long as possible!

 

But there will likely come a time in your parent’s life that they are no longer able to drive. And when this happens, one of the best ways to help is to be clear on what types of transportation options are available for your aging parents so that they can remain independent and continue to live their best life!

 

So in today’s episode, I’ll share...

 

7 strategies for finding alternative transportation options for your aging parents. 

 

 

Here are 7 ways to find alternative transportation options for your aging parents!

               

1. Public Transportation!        ...

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Helping Aging Parents Plan for Driving Retirement! (Ep #016)

 

 You’ve heard about people retiring from work, right? They make a plan, set a date, and spend some time preparing financially, physically, and emotionally for this big transition. Retiring from work is a conversation that, as a society, we're pretty comfortable having. 

 

Now, let me ask you, have you ever heard of a Driving Retirement Plan?!!

 

Well in today’s episode, I will be talking about a driving retirement plan and how you can help your aging parents begin to plan for their driving retirement. 

 

 

Did you know that 78% of family caregivers provide transportation for loved ones?!

I need to repeat this! 78% of family caregivers provide transportation for loved ones!  Transportation is the most requested type of assistance by older adults!!  (National Family Caregiver Alliance and AARP Public Policy Institute, 2015 Report on Caregiving in the U.S.)

 

 

That's why it's so important that we’re...

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Is My Aging Parent Safe To Drive? 10 Driving Warning Signs! (Ep #015)

I’ve been talking a lot about driving and how older adults are by and large good drivers. I've also shared how to keep older adults driving safely for as long as possible.

 

Even with this said, there may come a time that you’re concerned about your parent’s driving. You might catch yourself wondering,

“My parent just made a major driving error.

Is this normal? Or something I should be concerned about?” 

 

In this episode, I share warning signs, or red flags to consider, to let you know that you may want to start the conversation with your parent about changing their driving or stopping driving all together.

 

 

Every day, I get questions from physicians, social workers, nurses, friends, and so many others about older adults and driving. So, I decided to create a series on driving in the hopes that it will help you to navigate a very difficult topic for many families.

 

So here are warning signs...

Or red flags to...

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Safe Driving Recommendations for Older Adults! 5 Tips! (Ep #014)

 

Driving is so important to older adults. It helps them to stay socially connected, helps them to experience independence, it reduces risk of depression and isolation, and so much more.

 

There are so many good reasons that older adults want to drive for as long as possible. So in today’s episode, I will share 5 tips for helping your aging parent drive safely for as long as possible. 

 

 

In my work with older adults and families, I have found several resources to help older adults not only remain driving, but do so safely. I'm delighted to share them with you!

1. Get Educated

The first step in helping your parent to remain driving safely as long as possible is to help them get educated. There are several really good online resources to provide education to help your aging parents remain driving safely. Here are my three favorites:

  • NHTSA has downloadable, easy to read documents on how various medical conditions (like dementia, arthritis, diabetes,...
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Older Adults And Driving! Why Is Driving So Important To Seniors? (Ep #013)

aging parents blog driving Aug 21, 2019

 

Have you ever wondered about why driving is such a big deal to older adults?

Well, today I’m gonna answer the age old question (see what I did there) about why driving is such a big deal to older adults.  Buckle up! 

 

If we're gonna talk about older adults and driving. We have to talk about an idea that many people have that older adults are bad drivers.

This is a myth, which has been formed by ageism.

 

What is Ageism?

Ageism is bias and discrimination based on age. And, it harms older adults!

 

Ageism affects older adults at almost every level of their lives. For example, it plays a major role in older adults not receiving adequate health care ("of course you have that condition... you're old"), in losing opportunities to stay in the workforce ("don't you think you should retire?"), and even in beliefs that older adults are bad drivers.

Let me give you an example:

You hear a story on the news about an older adult who made a mistake while...

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