Hurdles Often Stand in Way of Communicating Aging Issues

According to research conducted by the Home Instead Senior Care® network, two in five adult children (39%) surveyed in the U.S., and more than one-third (36%) surveyed in Canada, have at least one barrier that prevents them from having conversations with their parents about aging or end of life. Barriers and hurdles can get in the way of candid family conversations about a variety of topics such as living choices, health, driving and end of

Ask a Doctor: Talking About Isolation and Loneliness

Social isolation is a serious problem with older adults that is expected to increase. There are many reasons we become isolated as we age, including loss of a loved one; health challenges like low vision, hearing impairment, limited mobility; and external barriers such as lack of transportation. Dr. Elise Reinhard discusses why your Primary Care Provider (PCP) is a good person to tell about feelings of isolation and loneliness. Why should I tell my PCP

Conflict & Family Caregivers – What You Need to Know

Conflict is a normal, natural part of everyone’s life. Factors that can exacerbate conflict include the well-known things to avoid in polite conversation: religion, politics and money. For families, these big three topics quickly trigger emotions that can be difficult to defuse and when things go awry the aftermath can be felt for decades. According to a May 2018 AARP article “Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers,” there are 40 million family caregivers in

Your Brain and Hearing Loss

Hearing loss – the subject can invoke a wide spectrum of reactions. From “selective hearing” jokes to a real burden on relationships, working in the Hearing Healthcare field exposes you to them all. But how serious is hearing loss and how important is the need to treat it? There is more and more research being done in this area, and the results are coming in. The results show a direct link between hearing health and

Can Advanced Care Planning Help Everyone?

I’m sure that you’re asking how can any ONE thing help everyone? In this age where there are a multitude of different solutions for everyone, it’s hard to think that everyone taking the same action would be good. Well, let’s suppose that you were so hurt or ill that you couldn’t speak. What would your loved ones do? How would they know what treatment options and medical decisions to make for you? For that matter

Why Seniors Love Landlines

You May Not Use a Landline, But Grandma Loves Hers. Smartphones impact us all in today’s society. However, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, 77% of seniors over 65 continue to use landline phones. Why do they hold on to this seemingly outdated technology? Let’s look at some of the benefits for seniors of keeping their landline phones. It’s a technology they remember Most seniors grew up using a landline phone