Katie's Take
  • Katie's Take

    If you are currently caring for an elderly relative, you are certainly not alone.  Recent surveys indicate as many as 42 million of us are in that situation, and from health care decisions to navigating the world of assisted living and nursing homes, it can all be a little overwhelming.

    In this episode I talk to Bruce Feiler, a New York Times columnist and best selling author, about the things we all need to know before we're confronted with this increasingly common life experience.

    As Bruce says, "It's much more difficult to bring down a parent than it is to bring up a child." Aging adults understandably don't want to surrender their independence or admit they need help from their children. Having conversations about finances, day-to-day tasks and long-term wishes can cause a lot of tension, especially between the siblings who are caring for their parents. Bruce recommends that siblings divvy up tasks and keep the lines of communication open, that no conversation should

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    Are you a digital native or a digital immigrant?  If you were born before 1990 and haven't always had a computer in your room, a smartphone in your pocket and/or an iPad in your backpack…you're a digital immigrant.

    But children today, digital natives, have never known life without the Internet.  Security expert Theresa Payton explained to me that while kids are incredibly tech savvy, unfortunately they're also incredibly susceptible to online predators and identity theft.

    Here are some of Theresa's key tips for keeping kids safe and teaching them good online behavior:

    1.  Be Where Your Kids Are:  You meet their school friends and parents.  Do the same online.  Parents need to be on the same social networks their children are to be able to speak the same language and share a common interest.  Hint:  Your Kids are not just on Facebook anymore!  Keep up with the trends.

    2.  The Grandma Rule:  A good rule of thumb is to ask, "Would I be embarrassed if Grandma saw this post?"
    If yes,

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    We've heard of being "older and wiser," but how about "older and happier?"

    A recent USA Today survey suggests that the golden years are getting even brighter for many Americans as senior citizens enjoy longer, healthier lives than in past generations.

    In fact, since the start of the 20th Century we've added 30 full years to our life expectancy.  But how good those years will be depends on a number of important factors.

    Dr. Linda Fried, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, calls it the "third age."  After retirement many people can potentially have years, perhaps even decades, left to live.

    To ensure those are quality years, she points to some key factors we need to consider.  Of course a healthy diet is important, and so is a healthy lifestyle that includes moderate exercise, which can include walking and strength training.

    But a healthy mind is just as integral, and Dr. Fried says it is important for senior citizens to stay engaged in the

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