April 18, 2012 @ 4:02 PM

There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'.

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn ...

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April 14, 2012 @ 12:34 AM

Here is a good article from the Washington Post on what to plan for when an elderly relative is moving into your home.  Angels For Hire and Angel Ride are here to assist and make the process easier for you and your family!

Doug Tice

You’ll need to adjust more than your house when an elderly parent moves in-

By Katherine Salant, Published: April 13The Washington Post

If you’re thinking about moving your elderly parent into your house, you are surely asking yourself if it can accommodate the needs of an older person and wondering how many thousands will be needed to add a first-floor “senior suite” with a bedroom and bath.

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April 7, 2012 @ 8:09 AM

 

Why there’s no solution for what to do about elderly drivers

When old people are involved in fatal crashes, experts say, their victims are most likely to be themselves and their equally elderly, frail passengers. Intersections are particularly perilous.

Robert Neubecker | Slate
When old people are involved in fatal crashes, experts say, their victims are most likely to be themselves and their equally elderly, frail passengers. Intersections are particularly perilous.

By Emily Yoffe, Slate

Posted April 06, 2012, at 6:19 a.m.
Last modified April 06, 2012, at 7:39 p.m.
 

Last fall, Gordon Yeager, 94, and his wife, Norma, 90, died together, holding hands in the Iowa hospital where they had been taken after a car accident. The final chapter of the couple’s seven-decade love story made headlines around the world.

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April 2, 2012 @ 11:51 AM

The following is an interesting article on a recent Canadian study of baby-boomers and caregiving.  There are clearly some parallels between Canadian and US boomer caregivers.

 

Doug Tice

 

 

By Nancy Guberman


Do baby-boomers see care as a normal, natural extension of family obligations? A recent study in Quebec, Canada reveals that if baby-boomers in that province do consider care a family responsibility, they have a much more limited understanding of what this care entails than their predecessors and the state.

Indeed, in a context where governments are expecting more and more from family caregivers, baby-boomer caregivers are telling researchers that they have a new concept of care. ...

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