Assisted Suicide in California: Everything You Need to Know about the Passing of Assembly Bill 15

As many of you may already know, on Monday, October 6, governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 151, which gives terminally ill patients the right to physician-assisted suicide in California. This is an important piece of legislation that is of particular concern to older adults and their caregivers, many of whom are coping with the […]

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Seniors at Risk: Potential Issues When a Caregiver Is in Denial about a Loved One’s Condition

Denial: by now you’ve probably heard about this completely understandable coping mechanism. Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, a prominent psychiatrist, even mentioned it as the first stage of grief1 in her groundbreaking book, On Death and Dying. But grieving isn’t the only thing that can put a person in denial. People can go into denial about any situation […]

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Communicating With an Aging Adult: How to Be a Good Listener When Working With the Elderly

When working with the elderly, many individuals undergo a great deal of professional preparation. Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s) and Registered Nurses (RN’s) go through years of schooling. Home health aides (HHA’s) must complete a training and certification process. Both these groups also have mandated continuing education to make sure they stay updated on skills and […]

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Senior Nutrition: How to Make Food More Appealing and Increase the Appetite of Your Elderly Loved One

“Man, I’m starving!” “What’s for lunch?” “Isn’t it time to eat already?” Most of us have no problem eating three—or more!—meals a day. Far from having issues with appetite, sometimes it can feel it has control over us. The silver lining to this is, of course, that we get the necessary calories and nutrients to […]

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How to Talk with Your Elderly Parent About Giving Up Their Driver’s License

My grandmother had many good qualities, but bless her, she really was a terrible driver. Not particularly confident in her abilities, she would often drive too slowly, hesitantly pull into traffic, and leave her turn signal on too long. Even my mother—her own daughter—wasn’t comfortable being a passenger when grandma was behind the wheel! As […]

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