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About Carol Marak

Carol Marak founded the Elder Orphan Facebook Group and https://www.CarolMarak.com. She’s an experienced family caregiver who focuses her efforts on solo agers. Carol believes the act of giving care puts primary caregivers at risk of aging alone. Follow Carol on https://www.facebook.com/Carebuzz/ and enjoy her Live events on smart aging topics.
Latest Posts | By Carol Marak
How to Plan Your Elderly Care if You Don’t Have Children or a Spouse
4 months ago

How to Plan Your Elderly Care if You Don’t Have Children or a Spouse

By  •  Lifestyle

One question that many people ask themselves as they get a little older is, “Who will care for me when I’m old?” People with children do not want to be a burden – and they didn’t have a family for the sake of being taken care of later in life. But, in a sense, children still are a good insurance policy. Read More

What’s Possible in Your Future? How a 60+ Woman Sees the World
6 months ago

What’s Possible in Your Future? How a 60+ Woman Sees the World

By  •  Mindset

As you age, how do you see your retirement years playing out? As a time to settle for what you got and feeling a bit disappointed? Or do you want a more vigorous lifestyle that allows you to continue to stretch and grow?
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Approaching Retirement Alone? 3 Strategies to Stay Social, Happy and Healthy
8 months ago

Approaching Retirement Alone? 3 Strategies to Stay Social, Happy and Healthy

By  •  Mindset

Financial matters are the top concern for most women 60 and over. Members of my community more often than any other issue, say money and outliving their finances is their main worry…
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9 Ways Solo Agers Can Create a Care Plan that Really Works
9 months ago

9 Ways Solo Agers Can Create a Care Plan that Really Works

By  •  Caregiving

In last month’s article, Building an Aging Alone Plan, I pointed out that living alone as we get older doesn’t support optimal health. And, if we’re smart, we’re building a strategy to create support …
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Building an Aging Alone Plan – Solving the Solo Epidemic
11 months ago

Building an Aging Alone Plan – Solving the Solo Epidemic

By  •  Lifestyle

Living alone is a luxury for single people. In my case, I relish having total privacy. It’s because I grew up sharing a bedroom with a sibling. Then, I left home for college and moved into a dorm, only to share another small room. Read More

How Senior Women Aging Alone Can Find Support Networks
11 months ago

How Senior Women Aging Alone Can Find Support Networks

By  •  Lifestyle

Our motive to create a support system extends beyond the need for social connection and to avoid loneliness. Many women, especially those of us without an immediate family, are at risk of isolation and spending too much time alone…
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Dear Santa, Here Are the Gifts That Older Women Really Want
12 months ago

Dear Santa, Here Are the Gifts That Older Women Really Want

By  •  Family

In the spirit of the holidays, I call out to individuals 55 and over to share your wish list with Santa. Not the kind of Christmas wishes and dreams we typically hope to receive from relatives and friends. Read More

Aging Alone and the Importance of Self-Care
1 year ago

Aging Alone and the Importance of Self-Care

By  •  Caregiving

It feels like it was yesterday I was helping my parents with their care needs while working a full-time job. Today, I’m the one who has grown older and occasionally needs help, but unlike my parents…
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Will Your Current Home Adapt to Your Needs as You Age?
1 year ago

Will Your Current Home Adapt to Your Needs as You Age?

By  •  Lifestyle

After caring for my parents, I looked long and hard at my lifestyle. I knew urgent changes weren’t necessary, but carefully assessing my situation made me feel in control of the future…
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How Caregiving Taught Me the Need to Plan for Aging
2 years ago

How Caregiving Taught Me the Need to Plan for Aging

By  •  Caregiving

You may have taken care of an older relative in the past, but odds are, you’re a caregiver right now. If that’s the case, I say, “Good on you, and congratulations for stepping up.” Read More