Ed Asner is
well known for his Emmy-winning role
as Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler
Moore Show” and it’s spinoff series,
“Lou Grant.” Asner took part in a
nationwide campaign for the Humane
Society of the United States that
posed the question: “What would
happen to your pet if you were not
here?” Its purpose is to encourage
people to provide in advance for
their pets in case of a serious
illness, death, or an emergency
which suddenly takes the owner away.
He also hosted a video program on
Elder Abuse Prevention. This is an
extremely important issue for all
I am a real fan of your work with
the Humane Society of the United
States and trying to promote the
idea of pet trusts.
Well, I think it is cruel not to
make plans for what happens to your
pets when you die. When I was
married, we had three kids. We
had a vast menagerie of animals:
three big dogs, four or five cats,
turtles, fish, birds, you name it.
We even had a lab rat that got
loose. The animals filled our
lives and were a wonderful glue to
bind us together. Then eventually my
wife and I divorced and for 26
years, I went without an animal. I
had 26 years without a cat in my
life and it is night and day for me
to have them in my life now...read more
In Hot Water
By Jennifer Bradley, Staff Writer
A hot shower is a must for many
people to either start or finish the day. For the
elderly, it can be the same, but also a risky
undertaking. In all age groups, tap water scalds are
the second most common cause of burn injuries.
Elderly loved ones, however, are at a greater risk
for scalding than other populations for a variety of
The Burn Foundation says that hot
water causes third-degree burns in one second at 156
degrees F, in two seconds at 149 degrees F, in five
seconds at 140 degrees F, and in 15 seconds at 133
degrees F...read more
Strategies for Special Holidays
By David Lowell, MD
The holidays can be a time of
renewal - renewal of friendships through visits and
cards, renewal of family relationships through
gatherings and shared meals, and renewal of one’s faith.
But the holidays also are a time that can be
particularly challenging for a caregiver. It is a time
during which the changes in one’s life are highlighted
and there are additional demands placed upon on an
already stressed life...read more
As many as 13 million people deal with incontinence. Incontinence is a correctable, yet costly condition, with an excess of 30 billion dollars spent last year alone on treatment. Incontinence is a symptom of other problems such as nerve disorders, loss of sensation and weakening muscles. It can also occur due to medications or surgery and affects approximately 10-15% of seniors age 65 and over...read
My grandfather just died.
He had one caregiver for four years and another person who
was part help around the house and part caregiver for 27
years. Both worked part-time. Our family isn't sure what is
appropriate severance for these people. Are there any
standards or do you have any suggestions? Thank you!
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