Monthly Archives: March 2014

What If You Try To Help Your Aging Parent With Dementia And No One Listens?

Hi, Carolyn here. I hope you are doing well and getting through your day. Today we’re discussing frustrations with the healthcare directive (a document that enables you to act on another person’s behalf for healthcare decisions).  Sometimes its also called

Wrinkles And True Grit: How Some Women In Our Sixties Are Defying Aging

Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder who that person is with the crow’s feet? And how about the body? What happened to your muscles, you may wonder. Am I getting “old”??  I wonder about these things all

Can Seniors With “Early Dementia” Safely Handle Money?

Hello,   Are you concerned about an aging loved one in the early stages of dementia? In our consulting practice, we often come across the problem of elders who are losing capacity for decision-making, but are not completely incapacitated. We

How Do You Know if Your Aging Loved One Should Stop Driving?

Hello again. Carolyn here.  Living in Marin County, with a large aging population, I frequently see news reports about accidents and tragedies involving elderly drivers.  In recent cases, older drivers have crashed into plate glass storefronts, hit pedestrians, driven into a

45 Lessons Life Taught Me

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .   “To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.My odometer rolled

A Letter from “Mom and Dad”

A Letter from “Mom and Dad”… My child, When I get old, I hope you understand ‘n have patience with me In case I break the plate, or spill soup on the table because I’m losing my eyesight, I hope

Swiss Daughter Sends Elderly Mother To Thailand For Care

Hello again,  Carolyn here.  Just wanted you to hear about this shocking story. An article in the BBC news, Exporting Grandma to care homes abroad http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-25438325, describes how a middle aged daughter in Switzerland chose to send her 91 year old mother

The Scary Trend Of Boomer Addiction

The Scary Trend Of Boomer Addiction In the psychedelic ’60’s, it seemed everyone was “turning on”.  No one worried about using marijuana or other drugs, as it seemed everyone was doing it. Now, many those who came of age in

A home care worker bilked a frail elder out of her life’s savings of $350,000.

Have you heard one of these true stories recently? A son ripped off his mother’s equity in her home to chase an investment scheme for himself that failed. Two ruthless swindlers were arrested in New York for tricking an elderly woman out

Is It Time For Your Aging Parent to Move?

We’ve been asking ourselves this question. Would Mom be better off in a different community? My mother in law Alice, is now 91.  She lives alone in a 2700 square foot home that she enjoys. It’s in a retirement community

5 Things You Should Do As Soon You Retire

Have You Planned For Increasing Your Healthy Years? Hello again, Carolyn and Mikol here.   If you’re like we are, lots of your Boomer friends are retiring, have already retired or are planning it. Being responsible, supporting a family, running

Busting The Myth That You Should Let Impaired Aging Parents Make All Their Own Decisions

I am compelled to share these stories with you, sad as they may be. I hope you can learn from the way others handled what was supposed to be doing the right thing.  Or so they thought.   Are you

Is It Ever OK To Assist An Elder To Commit Suicide?

In a small county in central California, an 86 year old retired firefighter was sentenced to two days in jail and probation for assisting his wife to commit suicide. The Tribune News in San Luis Obispo reported the story with

A Loved One’s Disastrous Discharge From The Hospital

We hope you are well and that none of you have to go through the experience we just had.   My brother, who had a recent stroke, had to go back to the hospital recently with an infection. They kept

Can Your Aging Loved One Learn To Use Technology?

Hello again.    Mikol here.   We hope this finds you well. Today, I want to share with you an experience I had with my Mom, who was 86 when this happened.  My Mom, Alice, was computer phobic before Dad

Thoughts On Turning 66

Thoughts On Turning 66   66! Yikes!  Isn’t that when you’re OLD? I looked in the mirror and I didn’t see an old person, so maybe it’s a myth.   I definitely didn’t see a young person though. I had lunch

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  • Holidays And Aging Parents: Look For These 5 Red Flags December 8, 2017
    Visits with your aging parents often are a wake-up call this time of year. Perhaps you haven’t seen your loved ones for some time and when you do, it’s startling. Aging can be a gradual process for some but for…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • The Struggle: Taking Over Finances For Your Aging Parent December 6, 2017
    Here is a true story about an older person with cognitive decline who was being manipulated by his live-in girlfriend. His son was not sure of what he could do. Jay is an only child and his dad, Jeremy is…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Could This Happen To Your Aging Parent: Getting Dumped From a Nursing Home? November 7, 2017
    If you have an aging loved one who ever has to go to a nursing home, beware of a nasty practice in which some of these facilities engage. It is disgusting to think that a nursing home will not only…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Natural Disasters and Aging Parents October 12, 2017
    Natural Disasters and Aging Parents Hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and earthquakes have all struck families this year. Sometimes your aging parent or other loved one is displaced and adult children must suddenly take them in. If your family member was in…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
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