Jane Wolf Waterman

Parenting Our Parents

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Parenting Our Parents: Use Your Mom and Dad Skills

Almost a quarter of Americans find themselves caring for both children and aging relatives. Jane explains how skills and wisdom from parenting kids can help us better care for aging parents.

5 Signals to Watch for When Visiting Elderly Parents (and what to do next)

When visiting it is important to check in on how your loved ones are doing mentally, physically and emotionally. Jane shares five signals to alert caregivers that aging parents need help, and next steps to take.

3 Tips for Siblings to “Become a Village” Caring for Aging Parents

Are you struggling with your adult siblings, arguing over your aging parents’ care at the time when you most need to pull together as a family? Jane shares how families can work together and share responsibility.

5 Ways to Protect Your Brain from Aging

Jane shares things we all can do, from getting proper exercise and sleep to taking charge of cardiovascular health, to protect our brains from age-related cognitive decline.

5 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s

Jane reveals the early signs of this devastating illness that affects more than 5.3 million Americans.

The Upside of Aging

From her decades of working with hundreds of seniors and their middle-aged children as a geriatric psychotherapist and intergenerational family coach, Jane shares uplifting research to encourage those who are feeling down about getting older.

Why You Must Care for Yourself Too

The Centers for Disease Control cites “stress of caring for aging parents” as a significant factor in the rise of suicide among Baby Boomers. Jane explains how the Parenting Our Parents community is helping people face the challenges of caring for aging parents.

Parenting a Parent with Alzheimer’s: The 5 Biggest Challenges

The challenges people face dealing with their aging parents suffering from Alzheimer’s vary depending on where the elderly parent is in the long battle with dementia. Jane shares the stages and steps for caregivers.

Bridging the Technology Gap

Do your senior parents take three hours to get past the login screen on their computer? Do they hear you talking to Siri and look at you like you’ve lost your mind? Unfortunately, many aging parents experience a “learning gap” about computers, Internet and all things tech. Jane shares resources for bridging the gap.

6 Tips for Helping Your Elders with Finances

Jane shares practical steps that can make life easier when you are looking after the finances of your aging loved one.

6 Tips to Prevent Caregiver Stress and Improve Your Life

Many people who are dealing with aging parents and relatives don’t take the time to rest and refresh. Jane shares practical ideas to help.

6 Proven Ways to Better Connect with Parents who have Alzheimer’s

Music, animals, artwork, children and family photo albums can help. Jane explains how to create a “memory bag” that includes scents strongly tied to sense of memory.

Choosing a Retirement Community

Jane explains the factors that every senior and their family should weigh and discuss.

Protecting Elderly Parents from Falls

Jane provides tips for how caregivers can help seniors prevent one of the most serious hazards to health and independent living.

3 Simple Ways to be More Present for Your Elderly Parents

Jane shares ideas for creating times of warmth, affection, deeper communication and special memories for quality time with elder relatives.

Protecting Elderly Loved Ones from Swindlers

Seniors are often targets for swindlers, especially online, because they often have accumulated savings, are compassionate, may live alone and become lonely and susceptible to being deceived by someone intent on fraud. Jane shares crucial tips to protect our loved ones.

Antidotes for an Aging Parents’ Depression

Jane shares ways that caregivers can encourage their elderly loved ones to adopt a positive attitude that can make all the difference in their health, happiness and quality of life.

Coping with Dementia: A "trillion dollar disease"

The annual economic and societal costs for dementia will rise from $818 billion to $1 trillion within the next three years and pose serious challenges for global governments, according to a new report. With more than 9.9 million new cases of dementia each year globally, these frightening statistics reflect a portion of the crisis POP aims to address. Jane discusses how we need a shift in our cultural climate and how we think and act to make the senior years a time of healing and joy – and how POP can ultimately help millions of families save billions of dollars while developing relationships that are priceless.
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