Yearly Archives: 2014

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Getting Help without Ruining Your Holiday

Holidays with family can be joyful, but, all too often, stressful—especially if your visit home reveals that your loved one is struggling physically, cognitively or both, and needs help. If you haven’t seen each other for a while, and your … Continue reading

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The Big Transition: How to Ease Your Loved One’s Move to a Nursing Home (Without Guilt)

The decision to move your aging parent into a nursing home can be one of the most difficult you’ll ever face. Plenty of guilt. Will he feel comfortable? Will she get the proper care? Won’t it feel impersonal? It’s so … Continue reading

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End-of-Life Decisions: When to Deactivate Lifesaving Implants?

With heart disease a leading cause of death in the U.S., millions of Americans have gained extra years of healthy living from pacemakers and implanted defibrillators. But what happens when someone with terminal illness has a pacemaker that continues to … Continue reading

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If Your Aging Parent Refuses Help, You’re Not Alone

It’s one of the most challenging aspects of caring for aging parents: they refuse your help when they actually need it. You can see that your mother is no longer able to manage cooking safely, but she adamantly denies it. … Continue reading

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Honoring Our Fathers and Mothers

In June 2014, Debbie Fins became president of Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester, Mass. The following is an excerpt from her Shabbat morning remarks on October 14, 2014, about what it means to respect our elders. As President of Congregation … Continue reading

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