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The Millennial Caregiver

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

Really? Korean Women Live Longer Than U.S. Women?

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

3 Things Everyone Should Know About Home Care Workers

  It starts innocently enough. The watchful adult child, usually the daughter notes that her mother is having more trouble with walking and caring for herself. She thinks some help a few days a week would allow mom more independence.

This Small Step Can Prevent Financial Disaster For Your Aging Parents

Ruth is 88, still quite independent, taking care of herself at home. She does her own shopping and cooking and pays her own bills. Great at her age, right? But when it comes to memory, that’s a problem. And forgetfulness

Resolving Family Conflict and Aging Parent Issues

Resolving Family Conflict and Aging Parent Issues – Carolyn Rosenblatt In this interview, Carolyn Rosenblatt, Co-Founder of AgingParents.com, AgingInvestor.com,  and Author of “The Boomers Guide to Aging Parents,” The Family Guide To Aging Parents,” and Succeed With Senior Clients: A

Three Ways Families With Aging Parents Can Stay Out of Court

Do you get along with everyone in your family?  Lots of people don’t. Old conflicts can rise up when aging parents start to decline in health and need help.  When there is conflict in families, it can sometimes escalate to

Would You Immediately Recognize These Elder Abuse Hidden Scams?

Most days at I get a call from an adult child of an elder, asking me about shady dealings over a parent’s finances. Sometimes it’s the niece, grandson, or other family member the caller is worried about. Sometimes it’s the

5 Success Tips In Caring For Difficult Parents

First, we do have to put ourselves first sometimes.  What’s best for us, best for our own families and our own peace of mind must be a serious consideration.  Sacrificing our sanity for the sake of caregiving is not the

3 Brothers Battle Over Mom’s Care and How to Pay for It: Is There A Solution?

This is a real situation, all too common. Three brothers are engaged in pitched battle over their mother’s care and how to pay for it.  Mom is severely demented and can’t care for herself independently. She had long term care

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

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

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

Shocking True Story: The Nurse Who Refused to Give CPR to an Elder: Elder Then Died

Hello again, Carolyn and Mikol here. As a nurse and attorney, I can tell you I really had a problem reading about a nurse who refused to give CPR to a dying resident in the seniors’ community where she worked.

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

Is Assisted Living Dangerous to Elders?

Is Assisted Living Dangerous to Elders?   Stories in the press have highlighted some frightening cases in assisted living.  Neglect and abuse have hastened the deaths of at least 27 elders in CA.  An entire group of frail elders was

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

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

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

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  • 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 ›
    Mikol Davis
  • What Aging Parent Leaves A Legacy of No Regrets? April 19, 2017
    Does it seem impossible that a person can reach his last days and look back without any regrets at all? What does it take? We all seem to regret our mistakes and some of our choices in life. At AgingParents.com, we…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Avoid These Three Retirement Mistakes That Can Make A Mess For Your Family April 7, 2017
    Retirement talk is on a roll. With 10,000 Boomers turning 65 every day, no wonder. But besides advice on how to “live the life of your dreams” and have a “secure retirement” there’s some important information too few are taking…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
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