Author: Hilary Young

Hilary Young was the Communications Manager for Medical Guardian. She is currently a freelance writer who helps to keep baby boomers and their loved ones educated about their health and wellbeing. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post, and BlogHer.com.

Caregiving

How to Avoid Financial Ruin as a Caregiver

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By Hilary Young A shrinking middle class, medical expenses at an all-time high and a caregiver shortage: it’s the perfect cocktail for financial ruin. And now a new study from researchers with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada has found that women in particular are more susceptible to going bankrupt when caring for an elderly parent.

Caregiving

Aging in Place: The “Granny Pods” Trend

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By Hilary Young According to the American Association of Retired Persons, over 80 percent of adults now intend to age in place. Nursing homes are no longer the norm. Many seniors prefer to stay active and remain independent for as long as possible. One major trend that is helping to make this wish come true is the proliferation of transitional housing options, otherwise known as “Granny Pods.”

Mental & Emotional Health

Can Skype Make You Happier?

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By Hilary Young   Loneliness and depression are not uncommon within the senior community. While the Centers for Disease Control reports that “depression is a true and treatable medical condition, not a normal part of aging,” the CDC also acknowledges that older adults do face a higher risk than other age groups of experiencing depression and anxiety. According to the CDC, about 80 percent of older adults are living with at least one chronic health problem, which could play a major role in the development of depression.  

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