Hi, I'm Susan~
Professionally: High School Counselor (retired)
Scarsdale HS, NY.
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Masters degree: Teachers College, Columbia U., NY
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Author: Helping Children of Divorce (Schocken Books)
Wife, daughter, sister, far-away-living adult child. My parents died at ages 88 and 94. I'm a far-away-living daughter-in-law (her only "daughter") of my husband's inspirational mother (age 100), living alone, independently in her home of 65+ years and one of the Sr. Advisors to my blog.
Summer '08 I completed a manuscript for a 2nd book, to help adult children facing their parents' aging challenges. While a top NY literary agent had the manuscript, the late 2008 economic collapse was bad for publishing. She suggested I write a blog using ideas and insights from the manuscript + timely information. Help! Aging Parents is the result.
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About This Blog
There are so many aspects of helping parents age well, just as there were so many aspects of helping my high school counselees mature well. I found the following lead to success, regardless of age group. Thus, each post--no matter the subject--is written with some of the following in mind:
EMPOWERING, AFFIRMING SELF-ESTEEM, SHOWING RESPECT, ADDING SOME FUN (my little dog was often in my office).
These important elements helped even my most "disaffected" (euphemism for unruly) counselees to feel better about themselves, make the effort, and move forward. I share with high hopes that your parents can age better and perhaps have some added enjoyment...until the end.
Help! Aging Parents, published Tuesday and Saturday nights, is committed to sharing the best information, professional advice, personal experiences and creative ideas.
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Of Current Interest
ALZHEIMER'S Caregiving Newsletter: "7 Tips for Medical Visits"
1/9/14 Mayo Clinic reprint of a 9/2/10 article.
Click: Make the most of the time you have with the doctor
PALLIATIVE CARE is not Hospice. Understand the difference.
12/16/13 Click: One Family's Experience from NPR's All Things Considered radio program. Listen or read text.
VISION--Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Floaters SLIDE SHOW
12/11/13 Mayo Clinic Click: Age-Related Vision Problems and how the eye perceives them--EXCELLENT PRESENTATION
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ALZHEIMER'S AND HOLIDAYS 11/28/13 Mayo Clinic Health
Information Newsletter--Click: Alzheimer's: Tips to Make Holidays more Enjoyable
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DEMENTIA: CAREGIVER GUILT
Undeserved Guilt Often Trips Up Dementia Caregivers-Mayo Clinic
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CHECK IT OUT from UCLA Health--
" About Aging" articles--from A: An Expert Spin on Dizziness to V: Vision Loss in Elderly, written by UCLA geriatricians. Click:
ALL ABOUT AGING
Category Archives: Family
The family is like a mobile. To function as it should, its many parts need to be in balance.
Similarly, to function as it should, each family member needs to be able to do his or her part to maintain the balance. We all know (indeed perhaps we are) adult children who devote almost all their time, energy etc. as caregivers to aging parents, at their emotional and physical expense. Continue reading →