Yearly Archives: 2013

Elderly Parents And Being “In The Moment” On Holidays

Holiday get togethers are a must for many of us. It’s tradition, or it’s expected, or it seems like the right thing.  We can be stressed and we can also look forward to them a lot. They can be fun,

Grandma Alice with her granddaughter

  Just this month my mother Alice at age 91 years young returned from a 15 day cruise to the Hawaiian islands with our daughter for her 30th birthday. We are blessed.  

Make It Easier For Your Adult Children: A New Year’s Resolution

Only about 25% of older adults have taken the time to think about what would happen if they became incapacitated, and have filled out a healthcare directive. This seems pretty unfair to their adult children. Why put the burden on

Grandma Alice Solution to Loneliness

Grandma Alice age 88 years old demonstrates how to use a Apple ipod, technology she never thought she’d learn to use. She has a message for all other senior citizens about how powerful this new technology can be a real

Coping With Difficult Family And Aging Parents At Holidays: 4 Tips From Dr. Davis

Does your family have difficult people in it that you aren’t so sure you want to see this season?  Or are your aging parents a problem for you at this time of the year?  Some elderly people can get grouchy, irritable and

Are Health Care Directives Worth The Paper They’re Written On?

Are Health Care Directives Worth The Paper They’re Written On?  HEALTHCARE DIRECTIVES ONLY WORK IF YOU KNOW HOW TO USE THEM    1. What is a healthcare directive anyway?   It is a legal document that a person signs, specifying

5 Things You Need To Do After A Holiday Visit With Aging Parents

Sometimes, there’s just no substitute for a face to face visit.  Adult children may be getting a wake-up call this season when  you visit aging parents.  Little things you can’t learn in a phone call can come to light. Their

The Call In The Middle Of The Night

 

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Six Tips To Help You Cope When Your Loved One Is Hospitalized

The recent hospitalization of my 63 year old brother was a sudden reminder of how overwhelming it can be for any  visitor who steps inside the hospital doors. Many of us have aging parents or other elderly relatives. Some are living independently and

How Financial Advisers Can Abuse Their Elderly Clients: Family Finances

Elder Financial Abuse Right Under Our Noses? Alice, my mother in law, is blessed with a great memory and pretty good health for a woman of 91. She works at it. She’s been a widow for 5 years now. When

It’s Not Just Our Elderly Parents We Worry About: What I Learned From My Brother’s Health Crisis

Hello, again Carolyn and Mikol here. We’ve just returned from an exhausting emergency that began with a phone call. When I picked up, the caller identified herself as a nurse at a familiar hospital. It felt as if my heart

Healthy Aging and My Inspiration From a 79 Year Old

Hello, again. Carolyn here.  If you’re like I am, you don’t just want to live longer, you want longevity and good health.  So, how do we get there? We all hear the advice about eating right and getting more exercise.  OK, so

The Smart Way to Resolve Family Fights About Your Aging Parents

We’re looking at something we know is painful: family conflicts. Sibling battles.  Arguing with your aging parent. Do you have a dispute going on in your family? As parents age, many problems can crop up among adult siblings and sometimes with

Smart Ways To Talk To Aging Parents About Finances

A recent survey by the National Endowment for Financial Education found that seven in 10 adults say they have difficulty talking to their families about who will make financial decisions on behalf of an aging family member who becomes unable

Hidden Truths About Long Term Care Insurance

Should you or shouldn’t you? Seems as if someone is always promoting the purchase of long term care insurance. Most of us don’t want to think about getting old and needing anything like that. If we ever think about it,

5 Success Tips for Dealing with Difficult Aging Parents

Challenging Aging Parents Are your aging parents driving you a little nuts? If so, you’re not alone. Whether we’re feeling loving or merely dutiful, we’re probably trying to do the right thing by them.  Let’s admit it: it can be

Son Hit with Aging Parents’ $93K Nursing Home Bill

Could this happen to you? John Pittas’ mother entered a nursing home for rehabilitation following a car crash. After she left the nursing home, she moved out of the country.  His mother’s $93,000 bill at the home was left unpaid. 

Hidden Truths About Reverse Mortgages

The ads make them look so great. Vacations, living a great lifestyle, happy couples, smiling at their good fortune. Rewards are repeated again and again. Sincere movie stars of a certain age make the commercials believable.  You can get cash

Should Your Aging Parent Try Marijuana?

Does Granny Need Weed? We recently took a vacation with Alice, Mikol’s 91 year old Mom.  Some time ago, with a chronic insomnia problem, her kids and grandkids talked her into trying medical marijuana. In CA, it’s legal to use

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