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Martha Evans Sparks is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine
When the first Grandparents as Parents (GAP) conference convened in Lexington 15 years ago, the pleasant facilities of the Fayette County Agricultural Extension office on Red Mile Place were roomy enough to accommodate the 100 or so people who attended.
A friend and I were leaving a church meeting one Wednesday night when she said, “I have an awful headache. It’s strange. I don’t usually have headaches.” I said I was sorry and hoped she would feel better. We said goodbye in the parking lot and both of us drove home alone. The next day, I learned that later that night she suffered a brain.....
Seniors Helping Seniors (SHS) is an in-
If you like to travel but have reached a stage in life where you don’t wish to go alone, Lexington Community Seniors (LCS) has good news for you. The organization does all the planning, makes all the arrangements and provides the safety and security of traveling with a group. You pay one fee up front that includes the entire cost of the trip.
Jimmy, 8, standing in his grandparents’ front yard, waves his arm toward the house. “This is my home now,” he says. What Jimmy does not say is that he has trouble sleeping and sometimes has panic attacks. His grandmother, Sandy, thinks it is because of the child’s conflicted state of mind.
A will is the legal declaration of what a person wants done with his or her possessions after his or her death. The person making the will is called the testator. Generally, though there are exceptions, the will must be in writing and must conform to the laws of the testator’s state and nation.
Usually, having to take full parental responsibility for your grandchildren or other children not your own comes with little warning. Grandparents often cartwheel into a world of child neglect and abuse, court proceedings and drug addiction they never knew existed. Grandparents need fast, accurate answers to their questions.
Though definitions and criteria vary, numerous studies of informal caregiving in the United States generally define a caregiver as an unpaid individual – spouse, partner, family member, friend or neighbor – who assists another person on a regular basis with activities of daily living and/or medical tasks.
How does a reverse mortgage differ from other mortgages? Why did one financial adviser call a reverse mortgage “an option of last resort”? Although private banks sometimes make reverse mortgages (often referred to as a home equity conversion mortgage, or HECM), these days most senior citizens apply for reverse morgages through....
My sister opened the door of our mother’s nursing home room one afternoon just in time to see the nursing assistant hit her. It was a real haymaker that snapped Mother’s head back. “Why did you hit my mother?” my sister asked. “I asked her to sit up and she didn’t,” the young woman replied. Our mother was 96 years old and blind.
Mary Lou Campbell believes every senior in Kentucky needs to know about the Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) services available through the office of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass. “I want people to know there is help,” said Campbell, who works in the Lexington office of Legal Aid of the Bluegrass.
If anybody knows how to travel by wheelchair, it’s Ralph Yoder. For more than 20 years, Yoder’s lower body has been paralyzed and he has only limited use of his hands. It all began Aug. 15, 1994, the day Yoder fell off a roof. He landed on a concrete driveway 20 feet below, completely shattering two vertebrae in his neck.
If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the length of your to-
Do you know what a bucket list is? Most people think it is a list of things you want to do before you die. A typical guess is people want to visit a particular place before dying. Based on an unscientific poll about bucket lists, that is not a bad guess. Travel appears to be a frequent bucket list ambition.
The 15th annual Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference (GAP) will be held Thursday, March 15, at the Clarion Hotel, 1950 Newtown Pike in Lexington. Registration begins at 8 a.m. All are welcome to attend, but the conference is especially planned to help grandparents or other relatives or friends who have full responsibility....
Dr. Matt Lee, clinical director of the Kentucky Orthopedic Rehabilitation Team (KORT) in Nicholasville, Ky., is frank: “People who stay active live longer.” Lee should know. “As a young physical therapist, I used to think people became inactive because they were medically ill,” he said. “But after years of practice and research,....