Caregiver Profile: Charlene Erikson

Elizabeth Ohollaren


14 September, 2017

Charlene Erikson has been a caregiver and CNA for over 18 years. Originally based in California, Charlene was working in assisted living and nursing homes before she discovered home care. “I love working with seniors,” she said, “and when you’re not overloaded with multiple clients at the same time,...

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We Are the World — and We’re Getting Older

David Lawrence


23 August, 2017

“The world is aging at an unprecedented pace. In the coming decades, large and small, industrialized and developing countries alike, with few exceptions, will experience a rapid growth in the proportion of their populations age 65 or older, driven by longer lifespans and declining birth rates. With this looming...

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Dear Sheila: Senior Roommates

Sheila McKannay


22 August, 2017

Dear Sheila, For the last 40 years, my mom has met weekly with a group of friends to play bridge and socialize. They started with 8 women but over the last several years 3 have died. The group has been friends through raising children, divorces, deaths of spouses, and...

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Dehydration Can Be Health Risk for Seniors

Susan Friedrich


16 August, 2017

This has been a particularly warm summer in Seattle. In July there were 11 days in the low to mid 80’s and so far this month we’ve had seven days above 85 degrees with the 3rd and 4th reaching into the 90’s. Thankfully the temperature seems to have gone back to our normal mid...

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Caregiver Profile: Juditha Mickelsen

Elizabeth Ohollaren


16 August, 2017

It was when Juditha Mickelsen’s in-laws moved to a retirement home that she first spent extended time with older people. She discovered that she enjoyed speaking with them. “They are so full of stories. Each person I met had their own life history and I felt like I was...

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Smart Homes Open Doors for Elder Care

David Lawrence


26 July, 2017

As someone working in the elder care field for 23 years, I’ve always understood the term “preventative care” as having something to do with the medical field such as getting an annual flu shot or visiting the doctor for a yearly checkup. I suppose preventative care could also refer...

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Caregiver Profile: Jennifer Alcantar

Elizabeth Ohollaren


19 July, 2017

Jennifer Alcantar had worked with seniors before, both as a caregiver and in management at a retirement home. Her long-range plan was to earn her nursing degree but she was only able to attend school off and on while working multiple jobs to support herself and pay for school....

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Help Support Healthy Skin for Seniors

Susan Friedrich


19 July, 2017

Skin is the largest organ in the body, and for the elderly, one of the most delicate and prone to damage. With age, our skin becomes thinner and less elastic and loses much of the protective fatty tissue that helps cushion blood vessels from injury. According to the Mayo Clinic...

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