by Ellen Blake What to do if your loved one refuses to stop driving At some point, many of us start to fear our parent is no longer safe behind the wheel. My concern started two years ago with my dad, then 87. I, along with my siblings, saw worrisome signs, but
by Leslie Farin The Beauty of Accessibility Many people tell me they don't want grab bars installed in their bathrooms because they look "institutional". Or they say grab bars are for "old people". These days, manufacturers make beautiful ones that are both useful and beautiful. And grab bars are absolutely not just
Resources for Seniors and Their Caregivers Old age is not for sissies - and neither is the caregiver role. You are NOT alone. Below is a list of some of the wonderful resources available (in no particular order): The Administration for Community Living: This organization provides a list of national and local
by Ellen Blake What the heck is "visitability"? Many people refer to this housing trend as "accessibility", but that word seems to have a negative connotation for some, conjuring up visions of older adults with age related disabilities. The term,"visitability" is becoming the preferred, and actually a kinder and more welcoming, term
by Leslie Farin, Publisher 50Plus-Today "It's too early until it's too late" I recently attended a workshop called The Conversation Project. This grass roots initiative, founded by Pulitzer prize winning author Ellen Goodman, encourages people to communicate their end-of life-wishes. Driving to the event, I wasn't sure what to expect; perhaps a
by Leslie Farin Why build an accessible house? Designing and building an accessible home is a journey, one which requires education, patience and compromise. Our goal was to build an affordable one-story lake house that was both beautiful and comfortable for visiting family or friends who are burdened in some way with
by Leah Dobkin His animalistic howl shredded my soul, and literally brought me to my knees... when I told my father that his 19-year-old granddaughter, Hannah Rose died. It’s been six years since her death. Life for our family was initially like a perpetual roller coaster inside a tornado within a tsunami.