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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

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

The Saga Continues: Should You Support Your Low Income Aging Loved One?

As many of your may know, my brother had a massive stroke and was hospitalized for weeks. He went to a rehab facility (aka nursing home) where he got physical therapy, speech and occupational therapy. When it came time for

Can A Dysfunctional Family Come Together To Support A Low Income Loved One?

We’ve just come back from solving a very stressful family situation that got worked out. We’d like to share the experience with you. After my 63 year old brother, already disabled, had a massive stroke, I wondered.  How could he

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,

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

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

 

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

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

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. 

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

Family Conflict

Is Your Family Fighting About How to Care for Your Aging Parents? Lots of Boomer-aged siblings find themselves fighting about their aging parents. Should Mom be allowed to stay in her home, even though she’s really not safe living alone?

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  • Son Waited Too Long To Help His Parents: Here’s What Happened October 17, 2019
    Jackson, 90, wanted a consultation due to confusion about some bills he was supposed to pay for his wife Myra’s care. I met him and saw the bills for many thousands of dollars. Alarms sounded in my head immediately. He…Read more ›
    Carolyn Rosenblatt
  • What To Do When Your Aging Parent Is No Longer Safe Living Alone But Refuses To Move July 11, 2019
    What To Do When Your Aging Parent Is No Longer Safe Living Alone But Refuses To Move Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN, Elder law attorney, AgingParents.com “My mom is not safe by herself but she refuses help!” “My dad can’t manage alone…Read more ›
    Carolyn Rosenblatt
  • Here’s The Newest Utility Bill Scam May 30, 2019
    Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN, Elder law attorney, AgingParents.com We live in a county with a high number of older residents. A neighbor recently alerted all in our area to yet another scam she had encountered, targeting the unsuspecting. Here’s how it…Read more ›
    Carolyn Rosenblatt
  • A Remedy For Isolated Aging Parents April 30, 2019
    By Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN, Attorney, AgingParents.com The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2060, nearly twenty-five percent of Americans will be age 65 and above.  At the same point, the number of people age 85 and older will triple. What will they…Read more ›
    Carolyn Rosenblatt
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