Thursday, May 21, 2015

Help! Aging Parents: Best Alzheimer's Blogs of 2015 Honor

 Help! Aging Parents voted “One of the 20 Best Alzheimer’s Blogs of the Year”

Yesterday we took Amtrak to the Washington, DC area. Just before leaving I learned that, for the second year in a row, Healthline honors our blog as one of its 20 top Alzheimer’s blogs of 2015. 

Help! Aging Parents’ inclusion on this year’s “Best” list has special meaning for two reasons:

 First, it’s the only blog on the list that doesn’t have Alzheimer’s or dementia as a major focus.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Aging Parents and Memory: The Questionable Impact of Brain Games on Memory. Latest Research

At a certain age I think it's safe to say everyone--aging parents and us-- thinks about memory loss. Many boomers and seniors play bridge, learn a new language, and train their brains using innovative technology, hoping to stave off memory loss.

But the effectiveness of brain-training technology seems to be questionable in real life, according to AARP's 4/14/ 15 Brain Health Blog, "Major Report Shows What Works and What Doesn't for Better Brain Health," written by Elizabeth Agnvall. It's based upon an April 2015-released Institute of Medicine of the National Academies report, COGNITIVE AGING--Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action co-sponsored by AARP, the National Institute on Aging, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other government and nonprofit organizations.
                   Visit my other site for this report's findings re: what
                   helps prevent, hurts, and doesn't help memory loss.

Friday, May 8, 2015



Note: This shouldn't be a surprise to our readers. Three years ago we posted: Aging Parents: The Mother's Day Gift Mothers and Grandmother's Value Most. Over and over we heard "time with children and family" as the answer to the objective Mother's Day gift question we asked.

While admittedly our sample was very small as I wrote in that post, if you click the preceding link you might find the responses "hit home." While the survey below's sample of 155 is also small, it includes the value (or not) of technology. I spoke with the person responsible for sending me this information and think it fits nicely with what I've experienced, especially opening the e-card. Thus--

                  Survey Shows Half of Senior Moms May Not Get
                            Their Mother’s Day Wish This Year

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Aging Parents: 10 Last-Minute Mother's Day Gifts that Get Used Up--no Clutter!

Pretty Packaging

Spending time with family--children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren--is what most older mothers want for Mother's Day. Being taken out for Mother's Day dinner with them adds to the pleasure.

What they don't appreciate are gifts that become clutter--
--that they really don't need or want
--that give them "problems" if they're old because they need to figure out where to put them--
--where to store them,
--how not to hurt the giver's feelings, and
--how to get rid of them.

           10 Mother's Day Gifts--that don't last forever and are
        thoughtful, eye-appealing, delicious, indulgent, pampering, 
                                         practical, exciting

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Aging Parents: Mother's Day Gifts--Fashionista or Frumpy Dumpy, What's a Daughter to Do cont. 2

Eileen Fisher has shops throughout the US (click Store locator)). Her high quality, easy-care sweaters and tops look good on all body types and all ages. Forget that the models are always young and cool-looking. 60 and 70-year-olds, especially larger women, love the sweaters (some come in brighter colors). The proportions are "generous."  "Small" can easily translate to EF's "PS" or "PM ." Because it may be harder to get the size right, if mom doesn't already wear Eileen Fisher clothes, don't buy on-line.

While styles are “today”--possibly surprising--many are perfect for older women. I'm guessing (based on one pair of slacks that I've worn for a decade) all of her knit slacks have elastic waist bands and fit well on skinny or overweight women. Paired with a loose top and loosely fit cardigan sweater, muffin tops--as well as flabby arms--vanish.
Try to find them on sale at......

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Aging Parents: MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS--Fashionista or Frumpy-Dumpy, What's a Daughter to Do?

 Look good, feel good. New clothes can lift spirits 
                                    and that helps parents age well.
  Most women like to look good, yet aging issues, including lack of energy, may dampen a woman’s enthusiasm for buying clothes. Mother’s Day provides a chance to update older women’s wardrobes. For fashionista’s daughters, shopping for Mothers is fun; for others it’s a chance to help frumpy-dumpies look good.

 My 101 year-old mil’s favorite clothing catalogs (now on-line) are below, carrying a wide variety of  smart, well-priced clothing and accessories for women ages 50+++. No wonder they’re popular with many older women, as seen by the commenters’ ages.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Great Personalized Mother's Day Gift 2015 from Help! Aging Parents

.....A great Mother's Day Gift--for Mothers and Grandmothers
thoughtful, personal, one-of-a-kind

I love reusing stuff and this wonderfully-decorated picture frame caught my eye several years ago at Linda's home. She decorated it for her mother with an old photo of the two of them, surrounded by various mementos and "stuff." Click photo to enlarge. Personalization possibilities are limited only by our imagination. 

It's inexpensive and easy to make--just get the frame, buy some glue, and gather all the meaningful mememtos, unmatched earrings, and old jewelry and buttons you can find.

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