Wakeup Call Led to Rewarding Work with Veterans

Published on 29 October 2015

My life changed immediately and permanently with one early morning phone call on the 15th of August 2007. I had been unable to work—or even look for work—with any energy for over a year. I thought that maybe this was just my version of aging.

Caring for a Centenarian

Published on 29 October 2015

Ninety-nine year old Roy McKinley is an amazing man. For many years he was the primary caregiver for his beloved wife, Vivian, who was confined to a wheelchair due to Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare disorder. During his time caregiving for Vivian, Roy was referred to the Aging and Disability Services (ADS)  for respite care services.

Coordinated Response Helps Prevent Abuse, Neglect, Exploitation

Published on 1 June 2015

Elder abuse is a growing problem in the United States, yet a largely hidden one.

Facing the Holidays after Losing a Loved One

Published on 2 December 2014

With all the joyous rituals, decorations and memories that surround the winter holidays, a recent death of a loved one can cause stress and turmoil for those who are grieving.

Hospice and Palliative Care Focus on the Quality of Remaining Life

Published on 30 October 2014

November is National Hospice Month. It is both a month of gratitude for me for such a valued service and a month of remembrance for someone I loved deeply.

Portrait from a senior man. Picture made in a studio

The Four Essentials of End-of-Life Planning: Are You Good to Go?

Published on 31 December 2013

Try to imagine that you have suddenly lost the ability to speak for yourself due to a serious accident or because you're at the end of life. Would your spouse, partner, or family know what medical treatments you want or don't want? Have you named someone to be your health care agent? If you are seriously ill or very elderly and want to avoid having CPR, have you and your physician signed a Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment form (POLST)?

COPD Disparities Put Women in the Spotlight

Published on 30 October 2013

Did you know that women are 37 percent more likely to have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than men and now account for more than half of all deaths attributed to COPD in our nation? More than seven million women in the United States currently have COPD, and millions more have symptoms but have not been diagnosed.