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8 Ways to Nail Tough Conversations

By Sally Abrahms

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Working Out Caregiving With Your Employer

By Sally Abrahms

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Great Strategies for Caregiver Spouses

By Sally Abrahms

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Caregiving When You Don’t Feel the Love

By Sally Abrahms

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Home for the Holidays: What to Look for When Visiting Your Parents

By Sally Abrahms

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How To Be an Organized (And Sane) Family Caregiver

By Sally Abrahms

The last thing a family caregiver (or anyone else) needs is a lecture, but how about some gentle advice? Want to be in control and ready for the parent unknown? It’s time to get organized!
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How to Talk to Aging
Parents About Anything
(Hint: It’s about respect)

By Sally Abrahms

Let’s turn the tables. Instead of you caring for your parent or in-law, imagine that they are caring for you. How would you feel? Exactly.

Being able to drive keeps you independent and in charge. But, what if your parent told you it wasn’t safe anymore and you had to depend on them or others if you want to go out? What if they had to be in the room with you when you went to the doctor’s?
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Not Just for Mom: New Senior Centers

By Sally Abrahms

The next time you take your father or mother-in-law to your local senior center, you may want to hang out there, too—seriously. There are still traditional senior centers where mostly lunch, blood screenings and bingo are served up.

But increasingly, you will find offerings that aren’t exactly on that standard menu. How about motorcycle clubs (truly!), resume writing, sushi making, belly dancing, speed dating, meditation, sexuality talks, wine tastings, foreign language lessons, playwriting, Zumba, and wellness coaches? The Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center in Iowa City, Iowa, even has its own TV studio!
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How’s Your Support System?
Who Will Care for You, Be there for You?
4 Ways to Boost Your Support System

By Sally Abrahms

I have a friend in her 60s who has four best female friends from elementary school. One is single, one is remarried, another is in a same sex marriage, and she and the fourth have long, first marriages. The women live in different states, all on the East Coast, and see one another several times a year, often vacationing together with their partners.
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