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Are You Worried That You May Have To Be Financially Responsible For Your Aging Parents?

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Are You Worried That You May Have To Be Financially Responsible For Your Aging Parents? If you don’t know what to expect as your parents grow older and you’ve never thought about what can go wrong, you

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

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

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,

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

Mother’s Day Wishes

Dear AgingParents Family: Carolyn and Mikol here, wishing each of you moms and your moms a happy Mother’s Day. We are fortunate to have a mom to wish good things to on this day.  Mikol’s Mom, Alice, is still doing

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” –

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

What Can You Do About A Sibling That Refuses To Help An Aging Parent

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3 Critical Things Left Out Of The Health Care Reform Debate

The political battle on health care reform rages on. But the debate totally misses some important features of the Affordable Care Act that directly affect elders. Maybe people who oppose the Supreme Court decision don’t want to look as if

Are You on the Hook for Mom’s Nursing-Home Bill?

Are You on the Hook for Mom’s Nursing-Home Bill? •    By KELLY GREENE, Wall Street Journal Thought you were immune from your parents’ debts? Not so fast. Twenty-nine states have “filial support” laws that could be used to go after

Special Memory of Father’s Day

That little pang of sadness on Father’s Day is back. I feel it quietly, when my husband is opening his cards and we get together with our kids.  I don’t have anyone to send a card to today and no

Are Our Aging Parents Taking Too Many Pills?

Did you ever ask your aging parents how many prescriptions they are taking?    The answer could surprise you.  Sometimes there are so many pill bottles, no one is keeping track of all of them.  Parents’ memory loss, too many

The Tough Question: Move In With Your Aging Parent?

The Tough Question: Move In With Your Aging Parent? We hope you are enjoying the beginning of spring and this time of renewal.  Mikol and I have recently moved our offices to new, brighter and better space and we’re feeling

Has Your Aging Parent Told You to “Mind Your Own Business”?

Getting rebuffed hurts. Have you ever tried to talk to your aging parent about finances and been told to take a hike? “Just mind your own business. I’ll be fine”. Or has your aging parent ever said, “Let’s talk about

A Letter from “Mom and Dad”… posted on our AgingParents Facebook

                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,

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  • 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
  • Putting The Fun In Aging February 4, 2017
    In this society, we don’t usually think of aging as a fun time, but there are plenty of seniors who see things differently. Yes, they may have their physical limitations that came on later in life. Yes, there are things…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • 3 Things Everyone Should Know About Home Care Workers February 4, 2017
      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.…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • The Language Of The Healthcare System-Plain English Please February 3, 2017
    We probably all feel somewhat lost in a hospital or nursing home (aka “rehab facility”). Unless you’ve been educated in or have been a part of the healthcare system yourself, it is like a foreign land. When an aging parent…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
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