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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

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

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

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

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?

Is Caring For Aging Parents Making You Anxious?

Hello, again.  Carolyn and Mikol here I’ve just been talking to colleagues here in Marin County about helping to educate our community about anxiety, a problem that affects so many.  Here is some information we’ve gathered to put on our

How to handle a dangerous older driver

“How To Help A Dangerous Older Driver Give Up The Keys For Good”                                                          There comes a time in every elder’s life that driving is no longer safe for anyone on the road. Whether you’ve already had “the talk” –

We Always Think We Have More Time, Aging Parents Health

Even if your loved one is in poor health, you still never think of it. No one plans for a sudden passing.  I’ve just had a shocking awakening. Our friend, colleague and I were emailing each other about a recent video product

There’s No Law Against Making Stupid Decisions

Howard, 92, loves women.  He has dementia and is legally blind.  He likes to give women checks when they tell him their sob stories about needing money.  He has one daughter, Missy, who is aghast at his conduct. After her mother

When Nice Aging Parents Start Behaving Badly

When Nice Aging Parents Start Behaving Badly We’re hearing from a lot of new caregivers lately.  Their parents are in their 80’s and 90’s usually.  The parent was doing fairly well for a time. Then things began to change. Suddenly,

Fixing Family Fights About Aging Parents Finances

Have you had to deal with this? Some families are being torn apart about disagreements over finances, care, aging parents and each other’s roles. It often looks like this: Imagine that you have an aging loved one who has cognitive

The Catch 22 In Efforts to Cut Medicare Spending

Some of our Congressional leaders are vehement about it.  Some disagree.  Everyone seems to get that we need to fix our debt problem by reducing government spending on something. But what? For those who are extremists about cutting government spending

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

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  • The Millennial Caregiver March 9, 2017
    Last week I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend 4 days with my 94-year-old grandmother, Alice, in Southern California. She has recently moved into independent living in a senior community in Los Angeles, after living in Palm Springs for…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Four Ways Aging Parents (And You) Can Outsmart Scammers In 2017 February 27, 2017
    Every major news outlet runs stories from time to time about the latest scams. The news stories somehow don’t seem to penetrate the problem very well. A study by TrueLink tells us that over $36 billion is stolen from elders…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Really? Korean Women Live Longer Than U.S. Women? February 27, 2017
    Many of us probably think most Americans are living longer these days. We think our country is doing great as far as longevity goes. Unfortunately, recent research shows, not so much. A study published in the prestigious journal Lancet describes some truths…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • The Looming Crisis: Aging Parents And Adult Children Still Living At Home February 17, 2017
    You may know of an older individual or couple who has a middle-aged adult child living with them in their home. We are not talking here about those who sensibly chose a multi-generation household for good reasons. And this is…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
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