Elaine Stritch: On Aging

“I think it’s the wrong way around to say when you get older move to the country. I think when you get older you move to New York.
If you’re a nice broad they’ll look after you.”

www.seniorplanet.org March 2014

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Travel Companions for NYC Seniors & People with Disabilities: Wherever You Go, However You Travel

Town & Country Travel Companions for NYC Seniors Travel companions provide aide and assistance to seniors and people with disabilities by accompanying them on their journeys. These trips can be vacations, visits to see family and friends, professional journeys, or anything else that is desired.

A travel companion can be the same person who serves as your senior companion or in-home aide, or it can be another person who work with you only when you travel. Sometimes senior companions and in-home aides have commitments in their own personal lives, which means the person you work with on an everyday basis is not available to go with you on a short or extended duration trip. That doesn’t mean you have to stay at home!

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How Can I Tell if My Aging Relative Is Really Okay Living On Their Own?

Senior Companions NYC for Relatives Living Alone “Every time I call my uncle Daniel, he tells me he’s doing fine,” Adam says. “But when I went up to his apartment to pick him up to take him out to dinner, it was clear he wasn’t fine. The place was a mess, and I don’t think he’s shaved or had a haircut in months.” Continue reading

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In-Home Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease: The Safest Option

In-Home Care in NY for Seniors with AlzheimersIn October, Tom Jackman of the Washington Post wrote a heart-breaking, eye-opening story about his experience as a child of a man who has Alzheimer’s Disease.

His father had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, and in an effort to keep him safe, his family limited his driving – Dad could only go to the Starbucks next door, and to church on Sunday. It was a good plan, but it didn’t work. One day, Tom’s father went out to Starbucks and he didn’t return. Continue reading

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What To Do When Your Elderly Loved One Needs Help Managing Their Diabetes

Caregivers & Companions for Seniors with Diabetes in NYC“When the phone rang at two in the morning, and I saw it was the hospital, my heart dropped in my chest,” Judy said. “I thought it was one of the kids.” But it wasn’t Judy’s children the hospital was calling about – it was her Mother, Rimona, who’d been brought in with a blood sugar of over 700.

“I thought Mom had her diabetes under control,” Judy said. “When I asked Dad about it, he said, “I ask her if she took her medicine, she says yes, what do you want me to do?” Thankfully, Rimona’s doctors were able to stabilize her condition, and send her home. But that was only the beginning of Judy’s stressful situation. Continue reading

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Sometimes I Just Need a Break: NYC Respite Aides & Senior Companions

“My Mother’s out there in Manhattan, taking care of Dad, and I feel so helpless. I live seven hours away. It’s not like I can just drive over there and watch him while Mom takes a break. What can I do to help out?”

Respite care is the answer you’ve been looking for. Being the family caregiver for a spouse, parent or other loved one can be a full-time, demanding job – that takes place in addition to the full-time, demanding  life  the caregiver already has! The smart, safe way to lessen their workload is by arranging for respite care….some time off. Continue reading

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Finding a Caregiver for an Active Senior

Finding a NYC Caregiver for Active Senior“Trying to understand my Mom is like trying to understand a hurricane,” Katy laughed. “She is a non-stop NYC woman, and you never know what she’s going to get into next.” Katy’s mother, Katherine, has a very active schedule. “She has her book club, she’s on two committees at her Synagogue, and right now she’s very involved in teaching people how to read. When she’s home, she never sits still. She always has some project she’s working on. If you tell her to sit down and rest, she’ll laugh at you. ‘I’ll have plenty of time to rest when I’m dead’, she says.” Continue reading

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I Thought I Could Handle Being The Caregiver: When You Need Help Caring For Your Parents

Caregiver Stories Caring for Aging Parents“My parents have been married for 53 years,” Sharon, a Manhattan native, said. “They’ve been through everything together.  Good times and bad. So when Mom said she could handle being my Dad’s caregiver, I believed her.”

Sharon’s father, Stan, has Alzheimer’s Disease. “In the early days, it didn’t seem so bad,” Sharon said. “Dad would forget a few things here and there – my brother-in-law’s name; the way back home from the train – but it was manageable. Between Mom and I, we had things under control.” Continue reading

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Helping Seniors Learn New Technology


In Manhattan, OATS just opened a snazzy 2,700-foot Senior Planet Exploration Center in Chelsea, the country’s first tech center specifically for those over 60.

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NY Magazine – The Everything Guide to Elder Care

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