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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
Aging Alone and the Importance of Self-Care
1 month 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?
3 months 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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Approaching Retirement Alone? 3 Strategies to Stay Social, Happy and Healthy
5 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. Last week, a research project by the National Council on Aging announced “unsurprising” data…
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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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How Caregiving Taught Me the Need to Plan for Aging
7 months 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

Building an Aging Alone Plan – Solving the Solo Epidemic
10 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

Dear Santa, Here Are the Gifts That Older Women Really Want
11 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

Fighting Loneliness: How Local Friends Can Become Your New Family
2 years ago

Fighting Loneliness: How Local Friends Can Become Your New Family

The concept of aging alone occurred to me after helping my older parents with challenges like cleaning the house, meal preparation, shopping, driving to doctor’s appointments and medical treatments, and even managing medications. Read More

Finding a Location that Makes Aging in Place Comfortable
3 years ago

Finding a Location that Makes Aging in Place Comfortable

By  •  Lifestyle

Is it just me or does everyone who grows older alone think about the current circumstances and ask, How can I create a safe and independent lifestyle?
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When Living Alone, Be Sure Your Health Provider is Meeting Your Needs
3 years ago

When Living Alone, Be Sure Your Health Provider is Meeting Your Needs

By  •  Lifestyle

We know that growing older and living alone is hardest when residing in the suburbs. In urban areas are we have access to public transportation and potentially more people to interact with daily. Read More