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  • newNew Year’s Resolution: Have Those Hard Conversations about Long-Term Care

    New Year’s Resolution: Have Those Hard Conversations about Long-Term Care

    The New Year offers us the opportunity to start anew. We make plans to hit the gym, sleep more, and eat healthier. We commit to spending more time with family and friends rather than merely clicking likes and posting comments on Facebook or sending…
    - 13 hours ago, 18 Jan 18, 1:42pm -
  • From Primary Care to Portable Care
    With all of the focus last year on health insurance costs and coverage, it strikes me that we may not be paying enough attention to how people actually get their health care.  Change is a constant in so many things . . . including the world of prima…
    - 3 days ago, 16 Jan 18, 9:52am -
  • Building a Family Caregiving Strategy to Align with the Real Needs of Families

    Building a Family Caregiving Strategy to Align with the Real Needs of Families

    In workplaces and at kitchen tables across the country, Americans are grappling with a growing issue that touches so many of us: the enormous struggles we face when caring for relatives and friends who need ongoing help because of a chronic illness,…
    - 8 days ago, 11 Jan 18, 9:44am -
  • Unemployment rate for those ages 55+ increases in December

    Unemployment rate for those ages 55+ increases in December

      Employment Overview The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) December Employment Situation Summary showed the economy added 148,000 jobs in December 2017—a decrease from the 252,000 jobs (revised up from 228,000) added in November. Jobs were added i…
    - 13 days ago, 5 Jan 18, 2:59pm -
  • Protect Yourself From Post-Holiday Scams

    Protect Yourself From Post-Holiday Scams

    The Christmas rush may be over, but don’t expect crooks to slow down. What to know about post-holiday hoaxes and ways to protect yourself well into 2018 and beyond:     Don’t let your curbside trash advertise expensive holiday presents. To pre…
    - 19 days ago, 30 Dec 17, 7:43pm -
  • Credit Scores and Identity Theft: How Each Impacts the Other

    Credit Scores and Identity Theft: How Each Impacts the Other

    Your credit score is the one constant used to determine whether you’re approved for a loan – and to set interest and premium rates for credit cards, homeowners and auto insurance, even deposits for new utility service. But that three-digit score…
    - 28 days ago, 22 Dec 17, 1:12pm -
  • Even Higher Income-Related Premiums are Bad for Beneficiaries, and Bad
    The Medicare program requires higher-income individuals to contribute more toward the cost of the program than the general population. When enrolled in Medicare, people with incomes of $85,000 (or $170,000 for couples) pay higher premiums for Medicar…
    - 30 days ago, 20 Dec 17, 11:18am -
  • Wheeling and Dealing on a New Car? Beware of Dealership Stealing

    Wheeling and Dealing on a New Car? Beware of Dealership Stealing

    Notice all those recent TV commercials touting a “December to Remember,” “Employee Pricing,” “Year-End Sales Event” and other proclaimed deals on a new set of wheels? That’s because it’s crunch time for dealerships to meet annual sale…
    - 34 days ago, 15 Dec 17, 4:59pm -
  • AARP Foundation Sues CA Nursing Facility Chain for Alleged ‘Patient Dumping’
    AARP Foundation has filed a lawsuit on behalf of 82-year old nursing facility resident Gloria Single against Pioneer House nursing facility, RHF Foundation, and their corporate affiliates, charging that they illegally dumped her into a hospital.  Th…
    - 39 days ago, 11 Dec 17, 10:49am -
  • Employment for those ages 55+ holds steady in November

    Employment for those ages 55+ holds steady in November

    Employment overview The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) November Employment Situation Summary showed the economy added 228,000 jobs—down slightly from the 244,000 jobs added in October (revised down from 261,000). Both the overall unemployment rat…
    - 41 days ago, 8 Dec 17, 5:03pm -

Family Caregiver Alliance: Blog

  • Drumming Up Local Dollars for Senior Services
    Family Caregiver AllianceIn spite of budget cuts and gridlock in Washington, many states, counties and local communities are finding ways to raise revenue to support services for older and disabled adults. One example: In California’s Santa Clara…
    - 20 Aug 13, 1:41pm -
  • Rhode Island Rocks!

    Rhode Island Rocks!

    Kathy Kelly, Executive Director – Family Caregiver AllianceThere were three exciting developments for family caregivers in Rhode Island this month:First, Rhode Island became the third state in the country (joining California and New Jersey), to…
    - 29 Jul 13, 8:24pm -
  • FCA Applauds the SCOTUS Ruling Regarding DOMA

    FCA Applauds the SCOTUS Ruling Regarding DOMA

    Here the State’s decision to give this class of persons the right to marry conferred upon them a dignity and status of immense import.— Justice Kennedy, on the granting of rights to married couples.Family Caregiver Alliance  - Kathleen Kelly,…
    - 26 Jun 13, 7:06pm -
  • “Real” Social Network Investments Pay Big Dividends

    “Real” Social Network Investments Pay Big Dividends

    photo: NPRFamily Caregiver AllianceA recent radio segment on NPR entitled, Boomer Housemates Have More Fun, sounds frivolous but actually addresses an important looming issue: how do we create mutual support communities for single men and women who…
    - 25 May 13, 9:06pm -
  • The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Awards Ceremony and 5th Year Celebration

    The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation Awards Ceremony and 5th Year Celebration

    By Edrena Harrison, ACSW, Information Programs Specialist at Family Caregiver AllianceFrom Left to Right: Kathleen Sullivan (Seniors Services, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center), Martin H. Blank, Jr. (The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation), Kirsten J…
    - 11 Apr 13, 11:26am -
  • Celebrating International Women’s Day

    Celebrating International Women’s Day

    by Andrea Orvik, FCA Communications CoordinatorFamily Caregiver Alliance,National Center on Caregiving On International Women’s Day, FCA joins you in celebrating women—hundreds of thousands of women worldwide—who give care to a parent, a…
    - 8 Mar 13, 7:02pm -
  • Recommendations on Family Caregivers, as presented at the Women’s Policy Summit, January 17, 2013

    Recommendations on Family Caregivers, as presented at the Women’s Policy Summit, January 17, 2013

    Family Caregiver Alliance – Kathleen Kelly, Executive DirectorINTRODUCTIONIn California, there are over 5.88 million family caregivers providing unpaid care to a loved one. These family caregivers – unpaid relatives, partners and friends – fo…
    - 5 Feb 13, 6:31pm -
  • Holiday Gifts for Caregivers (part 2)

    Holiday Gifts for Caregivers (part 2)

    by Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver AllianceIn the last blog post I suggested five gifts family caregivers could use right now: 2 weeks of respite, Social Security credits for those who leave their job to provide care, a traine…
    - 28 Dec 12, 5:47pm -
  • Holiday Gifts for Caregivers – Part 1

    Holiday Gifts for Caregivers – Part 1

    by Kathleen Kelly, Executive Director, Family Caregiver AllianceThis time of year, our thoughts turn to family and friends, celebrating relationships and giving to others. I would like to list my own personal recommendations on much needed gifts tha…
    - 21 Dec 12, 4:26pm -
  • Women’s Policy Summit: Advancing Women’s Health, Wealth & Power

    Women’s Policy Summit: Advancing Women’s Health, Wealth & Power

    Family Caregiver AllianceFamily Caregiver Alliance is pleased to be a co-sponsor of The Women’s Policy Summit, scheduled for January 17, 2013, at the Sacramento Convention Center that will bring advocates and other California leaders together in a…
    - 11 Dec 12, 3:26pm -

Foundation for Grandparenting

  • New Grandchild. Controlling Other Grandmother
    Help! My lovely daughter-in-law just gave birth to my first grandchild. Her mother has taken over completely. I don’t want to start a fight and disturb the children and the joy that all are feeling. Any advice before I tell her off?   First, congr…
    - 29 Aug 15, 2:18pm -
  • Protecting our Young: Wise words from a Dad who knows.
    Here are some important thoughts  that grandparents can take to heart,  teach to others, and put into action..   Who’s watching out for the Kids? By John A. Cosco, Ph.D. (husband of Anne, father of Justin, Stephen and five unborn angels) All of…
    - 22 Feb 14, 6:20pm -
  • Study: How Family Strain, Depression, and Resourcefulness Affect Grandparent Caregivers
    Study Abstract: Nursing Outlook: 61 (14) pgs. 225-34. Background Grandmothers living with grandchildren face stressors that may increase depressive symptoms, but cognitive-behavioral strategies, such as resourcefulness, may reduce the effects of stre…
    - 8 Oct 13, 2:48pm -
  • Grandparent Alert: Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is on the rise and you can help!

    Grandparent Alert: Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is on the rise and you can help!

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    - 24 Sep 13, 4:00pm -
  • Grandparenting.org receives award from GRAND Magazine

    Grandparenting.org receives award from GRAND Magazine


    - 18 Sep 13, 4:41pm -
  • Dr. Kornhaber’s Books Now Available On Kindle
    By popular demand, Dr. Kornhaber’s diverse books on grandparenting are now available for download on Kindle. Click below for access to the book list. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=arthur kornh…
    - 7 Jan 13, 2:06pm -
  • Smile: Grandparent Jokes
    1. She was in the bathroom, putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter, as she’d done many times before. After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, “But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the…
    - 12 Dec 12, 12:30pm -
  • “Nonna,” a new play by Dr. Kornhaber was performed In Ojai, CA. in April 2013

    “Nonna,” a new play by Dr. Kornhaber  was performed In Ojai, CA. in April 2013

      “NonNa,” a new play by Dr. Kornhaber, was staged for the first time in April, 2013 in Ojai, Califiornia for a three-week run. Nona is a must-see  family drama, dealing with increasing and often ignored emotional issues that challenge many pa…
    - 2 Dec 12, 12:51pm -
  • New Book: Grandparents Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders
    The “Grandparent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorders,” by Nancy Mucklow (APC Publishing 2012) is a much needed publication for grandparents to understand the effects of this contemporary plague  on their children and grandchildren, and their…
    - 18 Sep 12, 1:19pm -
  • Characteristics of Effective Grandparents
    Effective grandparents represent one polarity on a spectrum of complex grandparenting behavior.  On one end of the spectrum is the effective grandparent.  The middle range encompasses the majority of functional grandparents who experience variable…
    - 16 Aug 12, 1:33pm -

Free Range Chickens & Grandchildren

  • Hello, 2018

    Hello, 2018

    Wow, it is here and with it the time to go back to school already.  I did accomplish a few things. The playroom is clean and I made room in the closet for Christmas stuff.  Next up is the upstairs.  This is my last day home, but either allergies o…
    - 17 days ago, 2 Jan 18, 12:29pm -
  • So Long Traditional Christmas Eve

    So Long Traditional Christmas Eve

    For all of my life, Christmas Eve has been spent at Mom's.  When she moved to an apartment, we did the party in the social room just across the hall.  This year, Mom thought she would prefer people to come in smaller groups. Umm, well, I don't exac…
    - 23 days ago, 27 Dec 17, 6:35am -
  • Way Early Christmas

    Way Early Christmas

    When Rae married, we moved our family Christmas to the Sunday before Christmas.  This year the Sunday before Christmas is Christmas Eve, our usual day with Mom.  That meant my little nest's celebration was moved back to last Sunday.  We weren't ou…
    - 28 days ago, 22 Dec 17, 8:13am -
  • Christmassy Goodness

    Christmassy Goodness

    Ahh, yesterday was Christmassy sweet.  I started the day with a walk around downtown with my Holy Hike's group.  It was so very cold, but there was a bit of snow blowing and lots of pretty windows as we walked and prayed.  Everyone shared stories…
    - 40 days ago, 10 Dec 17, 7:45am -
  • Gingerbread Party 30 Plus

    Gingerbread Party 30 Plus

    Statistics for this year's party-15 Kidlets14 Adults1 Gallon of hot chocolate3/4 gallon sausage gravy36 sausage links24 hashbrowns30 biscuits27 cinnamon rollsLots of candy.Bean put down the icing and manned the camera.
    - 44 days ago, 5 Dec 17, 7:15pm -
  • Where Have All the Pictures Gone?

    Where Have All the Pictures Gone?

    Where have all the pictures gone?  Long time passing.When I was three, my house burned down just days after Christmas.  A fireman, to whom my Mom would forever be indebted, managed to grab a box of family pictures.  My Mom loves pictures and gathe…
    - 48 days ago, 1 Dec 17, 9:35pm -
  • Memories, Light the Corners of my Mind

    Memories, Light the Corners of my Mind

    Did you ever hear the old Chinese Folktale about someone meeting a friend along the road and sharing what things had happened since last they met?  The narrator tells of something tragic and the listener exclaims, "How awful."  The narrator agrees,…
    - 53 days ago, 27 Nov 17, 5:14am -
  • A Beautiful Day for Thanksgiving

    A Beautiful Day for Thanksgiving

    Yesterday was such perfect Thanksgiving weather to me. Sunshine and a bit of chill in the air. Not so much that all of our little gobblers couldn't get outside to play.  Rae and Michael hosted and it was a lovely afternoon.While this particular Than…
    - 56 days ago, 24 Nov 17, 7:10am -
  • Fall Back

    Fall Back

    I feel like I've fallen back a little.We spent yesterday at a swim meet and watched  Bean and Bugg do their fish thing and do it well.In the evening we headed to high school to see our Nick in "Newsies" and it was all kinds of amazing.I got a call t…
    - 74 days ago, 5 Nov 17, 7:50pm -
  • Happy Birthday Glenda Lou

    Happy Birthday Glenda Lou

    If you knew my sister at all you would know why this picture makes me laugh every time I look at it.Everyone looks so serious, except her with that gleam in her eye  and that finger, I'm sorry, but too funny.I miss you girl!
    - 87 days ago, 23 Oct 17, 7:25pm -

Grand Magazine

    LIVING WELL Magazine

    • Emotional Eating
      Emotional Eating By Julie Alvira, MD, MBA Do you have a craving sometimes for a particular food but do not know why? Can you recognize the hidden emotions associated with eating food even when you [...]The post Emotional Eating appeared first on .
      - 9 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 1:38am -
    • Getting Ahead? Or Not?
      Getting Ahead? Or Not? By John J. Checki Jr. CFP® What are the major concerns for investors who have at least $1 million of investable assets, not counting our homes? According to research provided by [...]The post Getting Ahead? Or Not? appeared f…
      - 9 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 1:33am -
    • Tips for Talking to a Person with Hearing Loss
      Tips for Talking to a Person with Hearing Loss By Elizabeth Brassine, Au.D. Hearing loss can affect your life in many ways. You may miss out on talks with friends and family. Sometimes hearing problems [...]The post Tips for Talking to a Person with…
      - 9 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 1:29am -
    • Two Things You Need to Know About Funerals
      Two Things You Need to Know About Funerals Courtesy Dannel Funeral Home We only get one chance to plan a funeral that honors our loved one and supports our family. We must make approximately 300 [...]The post Two Things You Need to Know About Funera…
      - 9 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 1:27am -
    • Kevin Couch: The most interesting man in Texas politics
      Kevin Couch: The most interesting man in Texas politics By Jennifer Wood Kevin Couch doesn’t enter a room so much as he explodes into it. Couch – the Republican outsider vying for an open seat in [...]The post Kevin Couch: The most interesting…
      - 9 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 1:12am -
    • Jennifer Garner: Hollywood’s go-to girl next door takes on fresh challenges
      Jennifer Garner Hollywood’s go-to girl next door takes on fresh challenges. By Michelle Talsma Everson If there’s one actress whose career has stood the test of time—and all of the trials and tribulations that being [...]The post Jennifer Garn…
      - 9 days ago, 10 Jan 18, 1:09am -
    • Successful Retirement – Dealing with Retirement Risks
      Successful Retirement – Dealing with Retirement Risks By  John Dombroski, Grand Canyon Planning Associates Retirement has always been a tough undertaking. But in today’s tumultuous economy, it sometimes seems like an impossible task. There’s n…
      - 11 days ago, 7 Jan 18, 9:00pm -
    • Frustrations with Dentures
      Frustrations with Dentures By Ed O’Keefe Phyllis had been hiding something. A busy grandmother, who ran the family business while taking care of her grandkids, looked like she “had it all”. But she was struggling [...]The post Frustrations wit…
      - 14 days ago, 4 Jan 18, 7:01pm -
    • How Safe Do You Feel?
      How Safe Do You Feel? By Chelsea Smith of Family Care and Concierge Services We all have heard the expression, “In the comfort of your own home.” This phrase makes one think about the warmth, [...]The post How Safe Do You Feel? appeared first on…
      - 16 days ago, 2 Jan 18, 7:04pm -
    • Facts You Should Know Before Buying Hearing Instruments
      Facts You Should Know Before Buying Hearing Instruments By Liz Brassine, Au.D, Hearing Services of McKinney There are five important facts that one should know about hearing and hearing instruments. Understanding these will help you [...]The post Fa…
      - 18 days ago, 31 Dec 17, 7:11pm -
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    Next Avenue

    • Are You Caregiver Friendly? Prove It in This Contest
      We see terms such as dementia-friendly or disabled-friendly but how about caregiver-friendly? There are an estimated 40 million Americans who are considered unpaid caregivers, and they too deserve to be treated kindly. They’re caring for adult chil…
      - 12 Jan 16, 9:05am -
    • Where to Find the Best Travel Deals in 2016
      If you’d like to take a vacation (or two or three) in 2016 and save money doing it, you’ll want to hear what I just heard attending the annual New York Times Travel Show in New York City on Sunday. Experts providing their best, timeliest advice:…
      - 12 Jan 16, 7:00am -
    • The 4 Questions You Should Ask in a Job Interview
      (The follow is excerpted from the new book, Wait, How Do I Write This Email?, a compilation of 100+ writing and speaking guides for networking, the job search and LinkedIn by communications expert Danny Rubin.) “So, do you have any questions for me…
      - 12 Jan 16, 7:00am -
    • Why You Shouldn’t Panic About the Stock Market
      Markets aren’t off to a great start in 2016, leading many investors in their 50s and 60s understandably concerned about the dashing of their retirement dreams and the depletion of their hard-earned nest eggs. Market naysayers have stolen the spotli…
      - 12 Jan 16, 7:00am -
    • 10 Tips to Make the Most of a Museum Visit
      Whether you will be chasing the grandkids through a children’s museum or sipping cocktails at the latest art exhibit, you can probably spend more time and less money on a museum outing. Here are 10 smart tips for museumgoers: 1. Check the Calendar…
      - 11 Jan 16, 10:00am -
    • The One Death This Doctor Can’t Forget
      In over 30 years of being a doctor, I’ve participated in many end-of-life events. But one stands out. She was an elderly woman I had known for years; I’ll call her “Tessie” (not her real name). On the last evening of her terminal illness, I w…
      - 11 Jan 16, 10:00am -
    • David Bowie: A Look Back at His Biggest Hits
      David Bowie died today at the age of 69. The flamboyant, groundbreaking British rock star’s commitment to exploring many styles of music and his unique sense of style have influenced several generations of musicians. 5 Things You Might Not Know Abo…
      - 11 Jan 16, 9:37am -
    • LGBT Older Adults: At Risk, But Resilient
      Editor’s note: This article is part of Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging project honoring 50 people changing how we age and think about aging.  Aging and health issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have been…
      - 11 Jan 16, 7:02am -
    • The Best Books for Your Career: 2016 Edition
      Looking for help to find a job or switch careers, get a raise or promotion or start a business in 2016? Have I got some great books for you! I just spent time over the holiday break to come up with a list of my favorite reads from 2015. Ultimately, I…
      - 11 Jan 16, 7:00am -
    • Why Can’t Norman Lear Get His Retirement Home Comedy on TV?
      For people of a certain age, there’s a set morning ritual. The newspaper arrives, pages are rustled (or clicked) and there you are: faced with a stark reminder of your own mortality, the obituaries. In my house, it was my father who would make a be…
      - 8 Jan 16, 11:01am -

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