Finding the right home healthcare aide

By: Eleanor Laise
Posted on: October 04, 2019

When it comes to home-care workers — the aides who provide in-home personal assistance and healthcare support to seniors — Brenda Case has seen it all. Case, age 55, a real estate agent in Grand Junction, Colorado, was for several years a full-time caregiver for her mother, who had severe rheumatoid arthritis. And in that time, a constantly rotating cast of home care workers came in... READ MORE

Should you move or stay once retired?

By: Janet Bodnar
Posted on: September 26, 2019

Now that I’m retired, people often ask me if I’m planning to move. The short answer: Not anytime soon. My husband and I live in a location that’s easily accessible to activities, friends and family members, both near and far. Our house is large enough to accommodate out-of-town guests but not so big that we rattle around in it. Our mortgage is paid off, and I don’t have a burning... READ MORE

Making retirement safer for LGBTQ elders

By: Ivey Noojin
Posted on: September 25, 2019

Moving into an assisted living facility can be a difficult transition. It is even harder, however, for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer) older adults, who have faced discrimination all of their lives. Cecelia Hayden Smith, a retired drug and alcohol counselor from Essex, hasn’t moved into a continuing care community yet. She’s heard stories about friends in nursing ... READ MORE

Back yard ‘granny pods’ address a need

By: PJ Feinstein and Susan Ahearn
Posted on: September 23, 2019

Remember the above-garage apartment Fonzie rented from the Cunninghams on TV’s “Happy Days”? Today that would be termed an “accessory dwelling unit” (ADU), or a small residence with a kitchen, bathroom and bedroom located on the same single-family lot as a larger house. Accessory dwelling units have been around for centuries, starting perhaps with carriage houses. In recent... READ MORE

Villages help residents stay independent (Baltimore Edition)

By: Audrey Partington and Susan Ahearn
Posted on: September 19, 2019

As the saying goes, there’s no place like home. Three out of four adults over 50 want to remain in their homes as they age, according to AARP’s 2018 Home and Community Preferences Survey. Furthermore, a majority of adults surveyed said they would be interested in joining a so-called “village” — a nonprofit supported by volunteers who provide services that help residents “age... READ MORE

Beacon celebrates 20th year of 50+Expos

By: The Beacon
Posted on: September 10, 2019

For the past 20 years, the Beacon newspaper has been providing free community education events every fall for readers and their families. Known as the 50+Expos, they are held in both suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia for the convenience of residents throughout the metro area. Between the two events, more than 100 informative exhibitors will provide giveaways and helpful... READ MORE