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Mom’s Dating Adventures at Age 91

Mikol’s Mom, Alice is turning 91 this month.   She’s been widowed for four years. She gets lonely. Where does a woman at this age meet a guy? There are not so many single men around at her age, and she

“The Grey Zone”: How to Handle Partially Incompetent Aging Parents

Your aging parent seems ok one day. The next day, he can’t find his way out the front door. Is he really losing it? Or is it just a temporary thing? What we call “the grey zone” is that place

Quick Tip: How to Improve Your Relationships With Your Loved Ones

Hello again, Dr. Davis here. We hope you are well in reading this.  We want to acknowledge each and every one of you who is a caregiver, either near or far from your loved one.  If you have to deal

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

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

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

Legal Limits of Care in Assisted Living Facilities

When aging parents come to the point when assisted living seems like the best choice, it is usually their baby boomer children who see it first. Perhaps the adult children live in another state. Perhaps they are unable to visit

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

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

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

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  • For Aging Parents: Will End Of Money Come Before End Of Life? November 27, 2019
    Everyone wants our money to last as long as we live. That’s a plan financial advisors offer when they can. But it may not work out that way when long-term illness creates a demand for long-term caregiving. In one case…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • What Rights Does An Aging Parent With Dementia Have To Make Decisions? November 21, 2019
    When an aging parent is diagnosed with dementia of any kind, it can be devastating and confusing to the family. For some, there is denial: ”it’s not that bad, I don’t see anything wrong with her, and let’s just let…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Power Blackouts: Aging Parents at Risk November 2, 2019
    Imagine your aging parent or other loved one living alone and losing power from a natural disaster or an intentional blackout. What would they do? It’s fire season in California and with it come massive preventive power cutoffs from the…Read more ›
    Carolyn Rosenblatt
  • 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
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