New technologies help seniors age in place – and not feel alone

Nancy Delano, 80, of Denver has no plans to slow down anytime soon. She still drives to movies, plays and dinners out with friends. A retired elder care nurse who lives alone, she also knows that "when you reach a certain age, emergencies can happen fast." So, when her son, Tom Rogers, talked to her about installing a remote monitoring system, she didn't hesitate.


When flower children come full circle

Several years ago, my young-adult son, newly relocated from our small Midwestern college town to the grit and grime of Washington, D.C., took me to task for putting too much value on love during his growing-up years.


Ex-etiquette: Bride-to-be: 'I don't want his ex near our wedding'

Q: My fiance would like to invite his ex to our wedding. He feels his ex would like to see their children, ages 18 and 20, dressed up, and thinks it's appropriate that she attend, too. My fiance acts like this is standard practice and is upset that I don't want his ex near our wedding. End the argument, please. What's good ex-etiquette?


Ask Mr. Dad: Elder abuse

Dear Mr. Dad: I am 74 years old and handicapped. My 43-year-old daughter moved in to my house with her boyfriend and was supposed to help me with basic caregiving. But instead, the two of them have turned my house into a dump, destroying my furniture, damaging the walls, and more. I made the mistake of giving my daughter access to my checking account so she could help me with paying bills and, instead, she's stealing money from me. I think she may also have opened up some credit cards in my name. I've told them several times to leave, but every time I do, she either hits me or threatens to put me in a facility. I'm afraid and don't know what to do.


Living with Children: Are kids who lie smarter or sociopaths in the making?

Parents of children who habitually lie can breathe a huge sigh of relief –The New York Times says that budding Pinocchios are more intelligent than kids who tell the truth ("Is Your Child Lying to You? That's Good," Alex Stone, January 5, 2018). The Grey Lady's announcement is based on studies done in the 1980s in which young children who disobeyed an instruction and then denied having disobeyed were discovered to have higher IQs than those who admitted disobedience. A subsequent study found that most adults cannot tell when children are lying, a finding that seems – on the surface, at least – to confirm the previous study.

Food & Drink

Recipes: Let's try ... asparagus!

Did you know that asparagus can grow up to 6 inches in just one day?! And while that is obviously super cool, kids might not yet understand the appeal of actually eating it. To help win them over, try these tasty ideas.


How to teach preschoolers the difference between fact and fiction

Little kids love playing make-believe. And there's no reason to harsh their mellow. But there comes a time when you have to explain the difference between fact and fiction. Maybe an older sibling put a scary notion in their head. Maybe they're trying to get away with a fib. Or maybe they caught wind of a tragedy in the news and you have to explain that it won't hurt them. For some kids, fantasy-reality confusion can lead to nighttime fears and anxiety.

Entertainment & Life

App review: Vero – True Social: Appealing competitor to Facebook and Instagram needs some improvements

Parents need to know that Vero – True Social is a social media app that lets users post, share, and collect their favorite photos, links, videos, and music. Registration requires a working phone number, and the app asks for access to your contact lists and location. Accounts can't be deleted directly: Users have to contact developers to delete their accounts. The app store states users must be over 17 to use the app, but the app's privacy policy sets the age at 13. Currently, the CEO of the development firm is being investigated for connections to questionable business practices, including human rights violations. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

Sutter's Fort needs roof renovations

Sutter's Fort/state parks officials asked for state budget money to renovate parts of the historic structure that are dilapidated, especially leaking roofs. The money has not been forthcoming.
Renée C. Byer The Sacramento Bee