The Other Side of 50

Andrea Gallagher, President of Senior Concerns, authors a bi-weekly column for the Thousand Oaks Acorn titled “The Other Side of 50,” focusing on life planning, positive aging and Boomer transitions.

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 [...]

By |January 19th, 2017|Categories: 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 [...]

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: 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 [...]

By |December 22nd, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

By |December 8th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

By |November 17th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

By |November 3rd, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

By |October 20th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

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

New rituals for an aging society

Rituals are as old as humankind, and they transform over time as our culture changes. Consider the days when girls were considered the property of their fathers. Marriage was less about love than it was a business transaction—the father giving his daughter to another man and the man promising to [...]

By |September 8th, 2016|Categories: Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Twitter meme shows changing times

I recently heard about a Twitter meme called #firstsevenjobs. A meme, if you don’t know, is an activity or image spread rapidly by internet users. The objective with this particular meme is to list your first seven jobs, starting from the first time you received pay from someone other than [...]

By |August 25th, 2016|Categories: Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Senior Concerns’ services have grown with population

Certain charitable organizations are even more vital today than they were 20 years ago. For example, brain disorder nonprofits like the Alzheimer’s Association orAutism Speaks are serving a much larger percentage of the population today than when they were founded. Whether the originators of these organizations were visionary or were [...]

By |August 11th, 2016|Categories: Information, Posts, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Sole searching for comfort

My cocker spaniel, Rolo, has gradually lost most of his eyesight. When I’m in the kitchen, he stares intently at my feet because his vision is so poor. If I walk toward the refrigerator or the pantry he knows there might be a treat for him. I’m thankful no humans [...]

By |July 28th, 2016|Categories: Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Matching gifts are often overlooked

Paid vacations, sick leave, health insurance and retirement plans are benefits companies commonly offer their employees. But, as part of their commitment to corporate philanthropy, many employers offer another benefit that is frequently overlooked: a matching gift program designed to support the nonprofits their employees are passionate about. Today, one-third [...]

By |July 14th, 2016|Categories: Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

The yin and yang of caregiving

On a recent trip home to New Hampshire I felt the yin and yang of family caregiving or, more specifically, the interconnected and sometimes opposing forces of the local family caregiver and the long-distance ones. While my mother is the primary caregiver for my father, my sister Carla, who lives [...]

By |July 1st, 2016|Categories: Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Give milestone gifts with meaning

Last week my sister asked me for a gift idea for a friend who was turning 50. As I began to brainstorm with her, my thoughts turned to how a person might feel on the occasion of a milestone birthday, whether it be 50, 60, 70, 80 or beyond. Do [...]

By |June 16th, 2016|Categories: Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Think before setting a password

If you are internet savvy, you are mindful that you should not click on an email link from an unknown source. You are wary of online ads for items that are too good to be true, like that miracle anti-aging cure or the financial investment that will earn you millions [...]

By |June 2nd, 2016|Categories: Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

Helping seniors to keep driving

As much or more than they wish to remain in their homes as they age, today’s seniors wish to keep their ability to drive for as long as possible. This should come as no surprise to most adults. The capacity to drive represents their ability to enjoy out-of-home activities when [...]

By |May 19th, 2016|Categories: Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments

How to be a savvy residential care shopper

Along with buying a new home come mounds of paperwork that must be signed. Most of us review documents in detail for accuracy and completeness because we recognize that we’ll be held to their terms and conditions. Some even hire an attorney to triple-check everything. Do seniors or their loved [...]

By |May 12th, 2016|Categories: Information, The Other Side of 50|0 Comments
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