Independent Living

Study: More to Meal Delivery Than Food

John Moore/Getty Images Home visits like the one made by Meals on Wheels in September to Tamara Lycholaj, 89, of Sullivan County, N.Y., seem to help keep older people out of nursing homes, a new study shows. What’s a simpler idea than Meals on Wheels? Older, lower-income people who have trouble driving, cooking or shopping(…)

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Patience, Consciousness and White Lies

Courtesy of Harley A. Rotbart, M.D. The author, far left, standing next to his mother, newly married son and daughter-in-law, and his in-laws. In the second row, from left, are the author’s wife and their younger adult children. My wife and I are blessed with having three “semi-independent” parents in their mid-80s living within a(…)

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A Choice of Community Care, in Your Own Home

For 51 years, Catherine Mack has lived in a four-bedroom house in Haddon Township, N.J. Even at age 96, she has no intention of leaving. Joining other older adults at a nearby retirement community doesn’t appeal to her, although the facility is attractive and has a great reputation. “I think in a place like that,(…)

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For Veterans, an Alternative to the Nursing Home

Alyson MartinWesley Ottis Furr, 95, left, and Booker Lovett, 79, share a room in a medical foster home in Pennsylvania. Paulia and Bienne Bastia set two dinner tables in their house in Mount Airy, Pa., each night, one for their three children, and another for themselves and the two older men the children call “Grampa.”(…)

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