Having a healthy fear of the flu

It had been a long time since I’d been around someone with the actual flu, but over the New Year’s holiday two of my friends came down with the virus. Now I can clearly see I hadn’t given the flu enough respect. One friend is a working mom with two children under the age of [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Doctor’s order is best gift of all

With a yearlong waiting list to enter a skilled-nursing facility for long-term care, my father was placed on palliative care at home recently. While it may not seem so, it was an early Christmas gift for our family. The occupational therapist who had been helping teach my mother and sister how to safely transfer my [...]

By |January 5th, 2017|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Give gift of happy memories

As we age, our memories seem more significant, and more vivid. Holidays are a great time for sharing memories. At our holiday events we inevitably end up in fits of laughter, holding our sides and wiping away tears. Some of our stories get retold each year. Like the time my dad was using a blowtorch [...]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

This holiday season, don’t forget to shine your light on others

“It feels good to be a part of the universe as it shines upon others,” Acorn’s“Family Man” columnist Michael Picarella recently noted. Why is helping someone an action we associate with the feeling of being happy? One explanation is that in doing so we experience “vicarious joy,” or the pleasure we get from improving another’s [...]

By |December 8th, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

On aging with grace

Earlier this year, history.com cited the “Seven Most Contentious U.S. Presidential Elections.” The current election had not, at that point, made the list. I think it is safe to say that during this past presidential race, very little grace was shown at a time when our country could have used courtesy and goodwill from our [...]

By |November 17th, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Understanding new roles in healthcare

Most of us know that hospital staffing is made up of doctors and nurses. But if you haven’t visited a hospital lately, you may not know about the evolving set of specialties found in today’s hospitals. Where is my primary care doctor? A relatively new trend in the care of hospitalized patients is the “hospitalist,” [...]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Picking the right skilled-nursing facility

An individual typically takes one of two paths to a skilled nursing facility: straight from the hospital or from home when they become too frail or sick to care for themselves. In the first case, when the stay is for temporary doctor-ordered rehabilitation, the patient rarely has a say about which facility they’re transferred to. [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Dealing with the most difficult transition

Next week we begin the heart-wrenching steps to place my father in a skilled-nursing facility in New Hampshire. Parkinson’s disease has taken its toll on him and on my mother, his caregiver. I am thankful this day was so long in coming— over 20 years from the date of his diagnosis—but still too soon for [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Widows may see benefits in shared housing

Today, widowed persons make up fully one-third of the U.S. population age 65 and older. The vast majority of them are women. Women are more likely than men to be widowed for two reasons. First, women live longer than men. And second, women tend to marry older men, although the gap has been narrowing. For [...]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Tips for finding a new doctor

QUESTION: I am in need of finding a new doctor. Do you have any suggestions about how to go about this search other than asking friends about the doctors they use? ANSWER: There are many reasons for someone to be looking for a new doctor. It could be because of dissatisfaction with the current doctor, [...]

By |September 20th, 2016|Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments