Guiding News

(Self) Caring for Caregivers

  According to the CDC, about one in four adults act as informal or unpaid caregivers for someone with a long-term illness or disability. By 2030, approximately 71 million people will be 65 years or older, so the need for caregivers will only increase. There are many different fulfilling benefits to being a caregiver. For… Read More

Talk Turkey About End-of-Life Plans

The holiday season is upon us! We gather to cheer for our football team, dive into our favorite foods, find bargains for our gift lists and spend extra time with our loved ones. It’s also the perfect time to share our advance care planning decisions and end-of-life preferences. Why? Because everyone around the table will… Read More

Caring for Someone Who Hoards

Lots of us have collections. Maybe you bring home a new refrigerator magnet from every vacation destination you visit. Perhaps you love jewelry and have a statement necklace for every occasion. Maybe rare baseball cards are carefully stored and organized in a box in your basement. But compulsive hoarding is different from an out-of-control collection… Read More

Making End-Of-Life Decisions for Others

Making End-Of-Life Decisions for Others Making your own healthcare decisions can be tough. Making healthcare decisions for someone you care about — especially at the end of life — can be overwhelming. Even if an advance directive, such as a living will, explains your loved one’s wishes, it probably won’t cover all possible medical treatments…. Read More

Understanding End-of-Life Setting Options

Understanding End-of-Life Setting Options If you could choose where you wanted to spend your final days, where would that be? Whatever the preference or circumstances of someone who is nearing the end of their life, understanding the care setting options is key to creating a plan that helps ensure the greatest comfort for the individual… Read More

Older Adults and Supplement Safety

Older Adults and Supplement Safety More than half of all older adults take dietary supplements. For the most part, these substances are not harmful. But there are several things older consumers should know: Supplements are largely unregulated, so there’s no real way to know what you’re buying, and whether it is safe. Supplements are not tested… Read More

Self-Neglect Is an Underreported Type of Elder Abuse

Self-Neglect Is an Underreported Type of Elder Abuse During a visit to their hometown, Dan and Amy visited their great-aunt. Aunt Becky was glad to see them, but they were worried at what they saw in her home. Her usually spotless house was dirty and unkempt. Though she’d always taken pride in her wardrobe, her… Read More

Last Minute (But Thoughtful) Gift Ideas For The Older Adult 

Last Minute (But Thoughtful) Gift Ideas For The Older Adult  The last few shopping days are here and you’ve found yourself stuck thinking about what to give that special elder in your life. Here are some different and thoughtful holiday gift ideas for seniors that won’t clutter the house or require  an  engineering degree to… Read More

“Home” For the Holidays? Common Signs Your Older Loved One May Need Help

“Home” For the Holidays? Common Signs Your Older Loved One May Need Help This year the holidays and holiday gatherings will look a bit different for most of us because of the pandemic. Experts advise us to stay home and limit our in-person celebrations to those living in our immediate household. Observing the holidays with… Read More