Financial Gerontology 101: Part 2

When it comes to what I call financial gerontology, yes – you can avoid the most common mistakes. While an extensive discussion about taxes, insurance, savings, and longevity planning is certainly beyond the purview of a medical book about aging, I can point out the kinds of financial difficulties or disasters that I see again
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Financial Gerontology 101: Part 1

I am a doctor, not a financial planner or investment guru, but I am stunned at some of the powerful similarities between evidence-based strategies for maintaining health and building wealth. The truth is, good financial and health practices are never adopted by the vast majority of Americans, of if they are, they tend to be
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The Pandemic May Be Bringing Fractured Families Back Together

This blog post, written by Karl Pillemer, also appeared in Psychology Today on April 5, 2020 Estrangement, Reconciliation, and the Virus In the very dark cloud of the coronavirus pandemic, it is hard to find a silver lining. One positive glimmer, however, has recently come to my attention. Over the past five years, I have
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Elder Wisdom for Living through a Crisis

This is reposted from Karl’s March 27th Legacy Project Blog Post The majority of our population has never lived through a global crisis like the current one. But there is a source of wisdom and reassurance for living through catastrophic times that has existed for as long as human beings have been human: The oldest
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Empowering Older Adults for the Future

By Judi Brownell Now more than ever, the world is full of uncertainties. Predicting what the future holds for aging adults has never been more challenging. Healthcare professionals are recognizing that addressing issues of mental health and overall wellness is as important as addressing illness and disease. It’s never too early not only to plan
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Live Well, Love Well: Seniors bring wisdom to younger generations…now if only they would listen

America is ambivalent about the wisdom of older people. Popular culture provides both buffoonish images of the elderly – as well as sages who offer unparalleled wisdom.  So if younger people question what important life lessons they can glean from the experience of older Americans – let me assure them that our elders are a
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In Times of COVID-19: Missing Our Friends, the Diner, and Our Handyman

At 82 of years of age. I am in reasonable health, just the usual aches and pains and I don’t drive at night anymore. As a semi-retired psychoanalyst, I work from my home office and see a limited number of patients every week. My wife, age 80, is pretty much recovered from a recent five-day
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As Long As You Both Shall Live….

By Karl Pillemer It’s the biggest leap of all – the decision to make a commitment to one single person for an entire lifetime. You might ask yourself: Is this idea old-fashioned? In fact, surveys show that not only do the vast majority of single people want to get married, but they hope that their
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How Many Specialists Does It Take to Screw in a Lightbulb (or Screw You Up)?

By:  Dr. Mark Lachs We have talked a lot about primary care doctors, otherwise known as your family doctor, and how to make your office visits more efficient. Here, I want to talk more about specialists, which raises a separate series of issues for people who are aging. The explosive growth of specialty and subspecialty
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Quick-Fix Home Modifications That Can Keep Elders Independent

By: Dr. Mark Lachs  For many people, there is the desire to remain in their home for as long as they can – long into their elder years. Making your home “age friendly” IS possible with a little forethought and planning, and making a few tweaks here and there. By making even minor modifications, you
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Thanksgiving, A Day to Celebrate the Elders in Our Lives

By Karl Pillemer Thanksgiving is often a special time spent with family and friends. What a great opportunity this is to celebrate the elders in our lives — to transform Thanksgiving Day to a celebration of elder wisdom. Thanksgiving is an opportunity for the younger generation to ask the older generation for advice on how
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A Hospital Is No Place for Sick People

By: Dr. Mark Lachs What Patients and Families Can Do to Better Understand the Hospital Environment In the course of getting older most of us will be admitted to the hospital at least once, and maybe more than once. Given this inevitability, my message to you is that there are specific steps that you can
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What I Learned About Lewy Body Dementia from my Dad

By: Judi Brownell My dad taught physical education at a small private college.  He was the golf and wrestling coach for as long as I can remember.  It was the perfect position for someone who had been an athlete himself his whole life.   He and his 5-year-old older brother made money for their family by
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Compass Care, LLC Named One of the 2019 Best Workplaces for Aging Services Among At-Home Care Providers by Great Place to Work® and FORTUNE

CompassCare named #8 Best Workplace in Aging Services among At-Home Care providers in the 2019 Great Place to Work Survey. According to survey results, 98% of employees agree that CompassCare is a Great Place to Work and for the second year in a row, CompassCare has made the top 10 list of At Home Care
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Role Of Primary Care Physicians: How to Choose The Right Doctor for Your Needs

By: Dr. Mark Lachs As we age, we will all need to find a doctor who can provide the right primary care for this new stage of life.  I am frequently asked for advice about how to find a primary care doctor for an aging patient: Where do I start? What attributes or qualities should
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Primary Care Physicians & Concierge Medicine

What to Expect From Your Dr. Visit and Other Health Care Professionals By: Dr. Mark Lachs Over the past decade, primary care medical practices have changed quite significantly.  Sometimes you may consider switching doctors which can be stressful and a very important decision, and one not to take lightly.  There are some general principles about
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The Skill of Listening: Challenges & Tips To Becoming a Better Listener

By: Judi Brownell The home tends to be the place where you let down your defenses and take out your frustrations, where your most intense emotions are expressed—a place where listening becomes particularly important.  Did you realize that you can have a positive influence on your family environment simply by focusing on your listening skills?
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Travel More, Always Be Honest, and Other Wise Tips from Seniors to Prevent Regrets in Life

By: Karl Pillemer People can be haunted for a lifetime by the decisions that they have made decades earlier. Sometimes, those regrets just don’t go away. Even with the passage of many years, it can be difficult to come to terms with remorse for opportunities missed, harmful actions, or crucial words left unsaid. The view
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Reducing Decision Stress when Caring for Loved Ones

By: Judi Brownell You know you make good decisions most of the time.  Every day literally hundreds of issues arise, large and small, that require you to choose among numerous options.  And you do it—you stop at a quick-service restaurant rather than eating at home, you make a date for the oil change on Friday
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Care Transitions As We Get Older

By: Mark Lachs What is “Care Transition”? This is when a patient gets “handed off” from one care venue to another or from one physician to another. For example, it could be a move from a hospital to a rehab facility after a knee replacement. Or, another transition may be when you are admitted through
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6 Questions to Ask Your Doctor to Avoid Over-medication

By: Mark S. Lachs Have you ever wondered why you are taking SO many medications? Have you asked your doctor if there are any medications you can do without?  Have you considered if each individual medication is helping or hurting you? You are not alone if you are being overprescribed medications by your doctors. Over
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How to Deal with the Strong-Willed Parent

By: Judi Brownell You politely end the conversation when a salesperson tries to convince you to purchase a timeshare condo.  You have no problem walking away when a stranger wants you to give him a ride, or saying “no” to a server who tries to up-sell you drinks at a restaurant.  You feel confident, able
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Who Should You Appoint As A Healthcare Proxy?

By: Bob Wolf In my last blog post, I discussed why your “Living Will“ might not provide you with the kind of legal protection you need in the event of advanced illness or permanent unconsciousness. We strongly recommended that you appoint a “Healthcare Proxy” (agent) who can make healthcare decisions for you when you are
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Overcome Listening Challenges in the Family

By: Judi Brownell The home tends to be the place where you let down your defenses and take out your frustrations, where your most intense emotions are expressed—a place where listening becomes particularly important. Did you realize that you can have a positive influence on your family environment simply by focusing on your listening skills?
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Living Wills, Advanced Directives and Health Care Proxies

By: Bob Wolf There’s a great deal of confusion about these terms so I will try, in this and future posts, to bring some clarity to this extremely important topic. Living Wills, Advanced Directives and Health Care Proxies are all advance directives. An advanced directive is a legal document that tells your doctor and family
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How to Deal with the Stress of Taking Care of Parents

By: Judi Brownell You may have noticed that the more important something is to you, the more stress you experience. Deciding on what restaurant you’ll go to for lunch isn’t nearly as stressful as choosing the venue for a big celebration; your decision about what to wear to a football game may be spontaneous, but
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Nursing home residents commonly abused by neighbors

Cornell Chronicle June 23, 2016 Nursing home residents commonly abused by neighbors By Heather Lindsey cunews@cornell.edu Twenty percent of people living in nursing homes are abused by other residents, according to a study by researchers in the College of Human Ecology and Weill Cornell Medicine. “We were very surprised by the prevalence of aggression,” said
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Compass Care, LLC has been selected for the 2016 Best of Stamford Award in the Healthcare category by the Stamford Award Program.

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Compass Care, LLC Receives 2016 Best of Stamford Award Stamford Award Program Honors the Achievement STAMFORD March 25, 2016 — Compass Care, LLC has been selected for the 2016 Best of Stamford Award in the Healthcare category by the Stamford Award Program. Each year, the Stamford Award Program identifies companies
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Caring for children, aging parents puts squeeze on workers

Caring for children, aging parents puts squeeze on workers The so-called ‘sandwich generation’ phenomenon ensnares many Maine adults – particularly women – and profoundly affects their time and finances. BY J. CRAIG ANDERSON STAFF WRITER canderson@pressherald.com | @JCraigAnderson | 207-791-6390 SarahJoy Chaples’ mother was diagnosed with late-stage cancer in February. Despite surgeries and rounds of
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Distinguished Speaker Series Continues with Second Speaker on Successful Healthy Aging & Caregiving

Distinguished Speaker Series Continues with Second Speaker on Successful Healthy Aging & Caregiving Dr. Karl Pillemer set to speak on April 21st at The Greenwich Library on “Living and Loving: Advice from the Oldest (and Wisest) Americans” March 17, 2016 10:17 AM Eastern Daylight Time STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Commission on Aging, The Greenwich Library, At
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People in their nineties reveal their secrets to aging well – Business Insider

There are many reasons why some people live long healthy lives while others don’t, but one of them is undoubtedly genes. People in their nineties reveal their secrets to aging well Irene Maeve Rea, Jennifer Rea and Ken Mills, The Conversation Feb. 26, 2016, 2:28 AM 19,150 The ConversationNever too old. There are many reasons
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Scientists make significant anti-aging breakthrough

A breakthrough in understanding human skin cells offers a pathway for new anti-ageing treatments. Scientists make significant anti-aging breakthrough February 25, 2016 Credit: Peter Griffin/public domain A breakthrough in understanding human skin cells offers a pathway for new anti-ageing treatments. For the first time, scientists at Newcastle University, UK, have identified that the activity of
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Shortage of caregivers hits home as families scramble to find help – StarTribune.com

For one mother, a hospital bed was the only choice. Shortage of caregivers hits home as families scramble to find help For one mother, a hospital bed was the only choice. By Chris Serres Star Tribune FEBRUARY 27, 2016 — 10:03PM GALLERY GRID JIM GEHRZ – STAR TRIBUNE Gallery: Pictures are hung on a wall
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