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The gift of aging rich -- and unaware of available services

The gifts of aging are bitter – now there’s a generalization. Rant on. The title and sub-heading in the Times caught my eye. Age and Its Awful Discontents and sub-heading "Is there anything good about getting old? No. Its gifts are bitter.”  The article was Louis Begley’s gloomy reminiscence about his mother and his abhorrence of the 'ravages and suffering inflicted on the body by age and illness.' You wonder, why 'awful,' why 'discontent,' and 'bitter'?  Well, it turns out that his mother was very lonely in her last decade (she died at age 94). "She couldn’t hear well, she had arthritis, too proud for a wheelchair, couldn’t get the hang of a walker, stopped even going to museums, concerts, or sitting on a park bench." Today the 78-year-old Begley feels the "full measure and anguish of his mother’s solitude and that of other old people who end their lives without a companion." It’s too bad Jane Gross and her New Old Age blog wasn’t around (that launched in 2008). Mr. Begley might have read about how other adult children coped (and helped) aging parents. Or he might have hired a geriatric care manager, around since the 1980's. It’s really too bad that despite plenty of money, neither he nor his mother had the inclination to look for ways to maintain the quality of her life.

Coro Health Launches Unique Spiritual Wellness Offering, CoroFaith

02/28/2012
AUSTIN, Texas (February 27, 2012) – Imagine someone for whom you care having round-the-clock access to an individualized audio library of inspirational readings, prayers, sermons, and classes from the religious or spiritual tradition of their choice.  This is the heart of CoroFaith, a streaming audio web application that is launching today.  CoroFaith is the latest initiative by audio wellness solutions pioneer Coro Health.
 

A PLACE FOR MOM® FINDS DWINDLING FINANCES AND GROWING SENIOR POPULATION PUTTING STRAIN ON YOUNGER GENERATIONS

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 Majority of American Tax Payers Want Aging Parents Receiving Care claimed as Dependents

SEATTLE, Wash., FEBRUARY 28, 2012 – Approximately 23 percent of Americans anticipate they will have to provide care for a loved one in the next year, according to a survey released today by A Place for Mom, Inc. (APFM), the nation’s largest senior living referral information service.

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119 Assisted Living Communities Named “Caring Stars” of 2012

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San Mateo, CA, January 5, 2012 –– One hundred nineteen assisted living communities in 24 states across the United States rank as the “Caring Stars” of 2012, a new nationwide designation based on consumer ratings and reviews recognizing service excellence.

12 most popular posts from 2011

So many posts, 2011 was such a short year. For those of you news junkies or folks with too many Google alerts, like me you must be drowning in recaps of the 2011 best movies, worst mistakes, top tech this, worst tech that. So as the year rapidly slips to a close, I thought I'd recap the most read posts from Aging in Place Technology Watch written during 2011, beginning, not so cleverly, from the beginning of the year:

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