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Housing And Support Services

Part I – So Many Choices – An Overview 10:01 Where is “home”? Perhaps the most important aspect of our life. But as we age, our housing requirements start to change. When we talk about housing, where our parent lives,

When Crisis Strikes

There’s nothing quite like a parent’s crisis to help you focus on what needs to be done. But it’s also true that your parent’s crisis can quickly become your crisis if you let it. This program will help you understand

Getting Organized Part 1 (When Its Time to Help)

Part I – When it’s time to help a parent – How you know and how to get started 7:52 When is it appropriate to intervene to help a parent? When do you, for example, say no more driving? How

Getting Organized Part 2 (Developing an Extended Care Plan)

Part II – Developing an Extended Care Plan 3:53 Managing long-term caring for a parent requires having a good plan. An extended care plan deals with a parent’s total life – medical and health needs, financial status and prospects, community

Getting Organized Part 3 (Care Coordination – Making the Pieces Fit)

Part III – Care Coordination – Making the Pieces Fit 6:28 How can you coordinate all the pieces that go into caregiving your parent? How can you effectively work with your family? A look at the range of support needs

Distance Caregiving Part 1 (Long Distance Caregiving – You Can Do It!)

Distance Caregiving Part I – Long Distance Caregiving – You Can Do It! 9:33 Many of us live hundreds or thousands of miles away from our aging parents. The distance makes caregiving more complex and difficult but it can be

Distance Caregiving Part 2 (Long Distance Caregiving – Building A Support Network)

Part II – Long Distance Caregiving – Building A Support Network 4:49 How do you create a support network in your parent’s home community? A support network extends your capabilities to help your parents. This program will give you several

Distance Caregiving Part 3 (Long Distance Caregiving – Rural Caregiving)

Part III – Long Distance Caregiving – Rural caregiving 3:40 What do you do when your parent lives in a rural area? Rural living may be wonderful but when you need caregiving services for a parent you have new challenges.

Distance Caregiving Part 4 (Long Distance Caregiving – Knowing When To Go)

Part IV – Long Distance Caregiving – Knowing when to go 2:51 Sometimes you just have to go visit your parent to see for yourself what is happening with them? But how do you know if you MUST travel? If

Family Dynamics Part 1 & 2

Part I – Middle of the Night 6:42 Why does it always seem to happen in the middle of the night? So many of us get that call telling us that a parent has suddenly been taken to the hospital

Legal Issues: Protecting Your Wishes and Assets Part 1 (The Living Will)

Part I – The Living Will – Advance Directives for Health Care 8:50 You have a stroke or an accident and are suddenly unable to communicate to the medical team what treatments you want or don’t want. Who makes the

Legal Issues: Protecting Your Wishes and Assets Part 2 (Power of Attorney)

Legal Part II – Power of Attorney 7:11 There are times in life when you or your parent is not able to make certain legal or financial decisions. When those times come, having a trusted family member or friend be

Business Side of Care Giving Part 1 (Understanding Your Parents Finances)

Part I – Understanding Your Parents Finances 9:55 We don’t really want to think about it but eventually we are faced with the reality of paying for our parents long term care, and our own as well. This program deals

Business Side of Care Giving Part 2 (Understanding Insurance Policies)

Part II – Understanding Insurance Policies (4:03) Insurance is a major part of the business side of caregiving. This program discusses the changing insurance needs of our parents and how to evaluate what they have and what they need today.

Business Side of Care Giving Part 3 (Long Term Care Insurance)

Part III – Long Term Care Insurance (15:40) Paying for long term care is one of the scariest and most important subjects when it comes to planning for our later years. This program gets into the details about long-term care

Medical and Health Part 1 (Understanding and Navigating the Health Care System)

Part I – Understanding and navigating the healthcare system 6:44 For many of us, the first time we are aware that our lives are about to change is when we hear that our parent has been admitted to a hospital.

Medical and Health Part 2 (Mental and Physical Wellness)

Medical and Health Part II – Mental and physical wellness – seeing the big picture 9:58 What is the most important component of positive aging? Is it physical, mental, or something else? This program discusses ways to look at the

Housing and Support Services Part 1 (So Many Choices – An Overview)

Where is “home”? Perhaps the most important aspect of our life. But as we age, our housing requirements start to change. When we talk about housing, where our parent lives, uppermost in consideration is the need to maximize their independence.

Housing and Support Services Part 2 (Living Independently At Home)

Living independently at home is the preferred choice for seniors and if you’re an adult child it should be your first choice as well. But how can you prolong the time that your parent can live at home, alone? The

Housing and Support Services Part 3 (Assisted Living)

Part III – Assisted Living 10:16 When the time comes that a parent can no longer live independently at home is no longer viable for health or safety reasons, an assisted living facility is a great alternative. Assisted living options

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  • What To Do When Medicare Screws Up Your Aging Parent’s Bill August 21, 2017
    Most of our aging parents receive Medicare, which is supposed to pay “covered medical costs”. And for the most part, it does. But then there are the mistakes. Are your aging parents helpless when Medicare refuses to pay for something that…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Nip A Predator’s Scheme In The Bud — Stop Your Aging Parent From Becoming Prey July 12, 2017
    Rhonda is a 91-year-old widow and lives independently. She has a few million in investments and has planned well for retirement. Her two sons are busy and leave her to make decisions about her money independently. What Rhonda’s sons didn’t…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Intrusion or Just Being Safe? Monitoring Aging Parents’ Finances June 13, 2017
    For most adult children with aging parents, there is often the dilemma of whether or not they should be involved with monitoring their aging parents spending habits. You want to honor their independence, but what if they show signs of…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Heed These Warnings About Aging Parents’ Medications June 9, 2017
    Is your aging parent one of the many battling Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia and taking medication? Dr. Elizabeth Landsverk, a Silicon Valley, California-based geriatrician, recently quoted in an article in The Mercury News, strongly advises against elders…Read more ›
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