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Caregiving Can Heal Sibling Relationships: Five Tips for Getting Along

higher-rez-version-of-brother-and-sister-The responsibilities of caring for aging parents can often cause tension and resentment between siblings. The bulk of the load often falls on the one who lives closer to the parents, and often the one who lives farther away feels powerless to help. The emotions associated with these situations can put a significant strain on sibling relationships and the entire family.

During a crisis, family members are forced to make decisions together and create a plan of action to care for the aging parents.

Sometimes, caregiving with siblings can make the relationships stronger. Here are five tips from A Place for Mom for nurturing your relationship with a brother or sister who is a co-caregiver:

Ask for specific ways in which you can contribute financially.Express appreciation for everything your sibling is doing.If you live far from your parents, offer to arrange grocery delivery or visit to provide your other siblings with a break.If you’re the primary caregiver, let your siblings know you need assistance. Offer specific ways they can be involved, such as taking Mom to her next doctor’s appointment.Unless your sibling is doing something truly dangerous, don’t criticize. 


4 Strategies to Grow Your Finances in Retirment

retirementRetirement is the time in your life when you can throw off the shackles of your daily responsibilities and truly enjoy the fruits of everything you spent years working toward. It’s an empowering feeling and you’ve earned it. You’ve planned and you’ve saved, but now that you’re here, don’t make the mistake of believing your financial planning is over.

In fact, in some ways, it has only begun.

Continuing to support your financial strength in retirement

On the day you enter retirement, your financial focus shifts, but its importance doesn’t diminish. As a retiree, taking an annual review of your finances is more important than ever. You deserve to live the retirement you want. To be sure your finances are up to the task, here are a few specific items to review in your annual post-retirement financial checkup.



Reminiscing Can Improve Memory and Overall Mental Health

memories, reminiscingBoth scientific and informal evidence show that telling family stories is beneficial for older people.  “Research shows that writing on or reminiscing about family history improves self-esteem, enhances feelings of control and mastery over life, and often results in a new or expanded vision of one’s life for older people,” according to 

There are many ways a senior can record his story, but he may need help. Dawn Lakasmani, of Dallas-based Seniority Counseling, uses several different reminiscence therapy techniques   She says that seniors will often tell her details about their lives that their families have no idea about. Lakasmani uses reminiscence techniques to “let the patient go where they want to go.” (


Smartphone Market Responds to Needs of Senior Users

sr-smart-phone-usersSmartphone technology may seem complicated and flashy, but don’t believe anyone who says it’s only for the young. In fact, 73 percent of those 50 to 59 years old now own a smartphone, according to a 2016 survey from AARP. Going one step further, a recent study of smartphone user habits by the Pew Research Center concludes that 92 percent of those aged 50 and above now use text messaging, 80 percent use their phones to access the internet and 87 percent use them to send and receive email.

Still, a significant smartphone generation gap exists within the baby boomer set. While smartphone owners 50 to 59 regularly perform common daily tasks and even occasionally play a game on their smartphones, AARP’s study noted adults 60 to 69 are far more likely to rely on a laptop or desktop computer for email or internet use, and tend to avoid apps and games altogether. 


60 Plus? Smart Fashion Tips to Keep You Looking Smart and Stylish

 fashion-after-60Muumuus and mom jeans or spangled capris and Aloha shirts — is this really all the fashion world has to offer women over the age of 60? Do mature women who desire to dress fashionably for summer really have to choose between “frumpy and fogey” or “too young and trendy?”

Not at all, says Catherine Brock, who blogs about style on The Budget Fashionista. Reaching a certain age doesn’t mean you have to give up your love


3 Tips to Help Save Money on Prescription Drug Costs

Modern medications can work wonders, improving quality of life, curing illness and even savingPrescription-drug-costslives. However, those miracles can come at a high cost, as anyone who’s had to pay for branded prescription medication knows. In fact, spending on prescription drugs has increased 73 percent in the past seven years, according to a new report from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA).

What’s driving the increase

The Health of America Report found prescription drug spending by Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) members increased 10 percent annually since 2010. High costs of patent-protected drugs account for the lion’s share of the total increase.


Need Care Today? Here are Four Choices to Try Before Going to the ER

torn-ligament-and-fractured-bone(BPT) - A health concern rarely strikes when it's convenient for you, and in most cases it occurs at the worst possible time. When you need care and don’t have time to schedule an appointment, what do you do?

You head to the emergency room, of course. You wait in the long ER lines and pay the hefty bill that concludes your visit, all for a non-emergency situation that required immediate treatment. It's hardly the most efficient solution, and while your health is certainly your most important concern, there are ways to receive the same quality care without the long wait and extravagant expense of an emergency room visit.