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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 2, 2014

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Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Nov. 26, 2007 / 16 Kislev 5768

Senior needs extra attention during holidays

By Jan L. Warner & Jan Collins

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The busy holiday season is upon us. For most of us, this means additional stress as we try to squeeze into our schedule, time for sending cards, buying and wrapping gifts, decorating the house, and cooking holiday meals and treats. But the mail we receive at this time of year reminds us that many older folks have special needs during the holidays — and their families have extra responsibilities.

We're talking about a lot of people here. The "oldest old" (those age 85 and older) are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. And their baby boomer children are quickly becoming seniors themselves: The oldest boomers are now 61, and about 10,000 boomers celebrate their 60th birthday every day.

We asked Mark Armstrong, CEO of the Michigan-based ComForcare Senior Services, to give us an idea of the special issues that face seniors and their families during the holidays.

"There are, of course, extra things to be done during the holidays," Armstrong told NextSteps, "but the bigger thing is that they (older folks) need to not be forgotten." Adult sons or daughters, he says, "are so busy doing their own things during the holidays that all of a sudden, they find they have less time for their own parents.

"What we like to do," he continued, "is tell the sons and daughters, 'You really need to plan ahead for the holidays' and create almost what I'd call a scheduled appointment or special time to be with their parent(s). If you don't plan it, those intentions to help them decorate or bake or go Christmas shopping might never happen."

For adult children who live out of town and are unable to help their parents at holiday time, there are many services in every state that provide such assistance. "Our caregivers can do it all," Armstrong says, "but we prefer to assist seniors with their holiday cooking, shopping and so on, because it keeps their brain stimulated." And, of course, it makes them feel useful.

Experts warn that depression is a big issue for seniors at holiday time. "Older folks know it's the holidays, and if they feel like they're being left out, they could easily get depressed," Armstrong says.

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Depression affects 15 out of every 100 adults over age 65, according to the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP), and many older adults "will show signs of stress from feeling isolated and lonely in anticipation of the holidays coming to an end," says The Eldercare Locator, a government-funded directory-assistance service that provides information about senior services. (800-677-1116 or www.eldercare.gov)

Moreover, you can't just relax when the holidays are over. What the AAGP calls "post-holiday blues" is real, as many older adults feel more isolated than normal after spending time with their families and loved ones through the New Year.

One additional thought: Holiday visits provide a good opportunity for adult children to gauge the well-being and health of their elderly parents and/or family members. Aging experts suggest discreetly taking notice, during holiday visits, of whether the older person has experienced a change in health, memory, living conditions or finances. Ask the older person if he or she is having any trouble with household chores or other tasks of daily living, such as managing medications, suggests the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. In addition, ensure that the older folks have nearby relatives or friends "who can help them in an emergency. And be alert to any possible safety hazards or maintenance problems around their home."

All states have a range of home and community-based services that can assist older folks. For more information, contact your state's Department on Aging.

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JAN L. WARNER received his A.B. and J.D. degrees from the University of South Carolina and earned a Master of Legal Letters (L.L.M.) in Taxation from the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a frequent lecturer at legal education and public information programs throughout the United States. His articles have been published in national and state legal publications. Jan Collins began co-authoring Flying SoloŽ in 1989. She has more than 27 years of experience as a journalist, writer, and editor. To comment or ask a question, please click here.


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