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Long-Term Care For Aging Parents And Their Four Legged Friends

Most of us understand how pets bring joy to people and why they are important. This is particularly true for older folks who may have lost loved ones and who have also lost regular human companionship. A dog or cat

Who Will Decide For You About Medical Care In Your Last Days?

Many of us will be impaired at some point late in life. We may need someone to articulate our wishes about healthcare as we near our end. How do we choose the right person or persons? What do they need

A Little Known Right For Loved Ones In Rehab Facilities

Most of another, or us, at one time, know someone who has to spend time in a long-term care facility. It could be an aging parent, a friend or you yourself. These places are called “rehab”, nursing homes, long-term care

Heed These Warnings About Aging Parents’ Medications

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

What Aging Parent Leaves A Legacy of No Regrets?

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

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.

Removing Secrecy In Nursing Home Wrongdoing

After 25 years without changes in basic rules, the nursing home industry is finally being forced to reveal hidden wrongs that happen to residents. Until now, consumers were required to sign arbitration agreements when they were admitted to a nursing

Three Tips For Talking To Aging Parents About Costs Of Future Care

Three Tips For Talking To Aging Parents About Costs Of Future Care by Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN, Elder Law Attorney Can you imagine your aging parents losing their independence? It might be the conversation they don’t want to have with you.

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

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

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

Can Seniors With “Early Dementia” Safely Handle Money?

Hello,   Are you concerned about an aging loved one in the early stages of dementia? In our consulting practice, we often come across the problem of elders who are losing capacity for decision-making, but are not completely incapacitated. We

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

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

The Scary Trend Of Boomer Addiction

The Scary Trend Of Boomer Addiction In the psychedelic ’60’s, it seemed everyone was “turning on”.  No one worried about using marijuana or other drugs, as it seemed everyone was doing it. Now, many those who came of age in

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

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.

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

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

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  • How to be an advocate if your aging loved one has to go to the hospital October 17, 2018
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  • Long-Term Care For Aging Parents And Their Four Legged Friends May 1, 2018
    Most of us understand how pets bring joy to people and why they are important. This is particularly true for older folks who may have lost loved ones and who have also lost regular human companionship. A dog or cat…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • You’re Never Too Old To Party March 29, 2018
    By Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN, Elder law attorney, AgingParents.com My mother in law, Alice, 95, was looking forward to getting fixed up and going to the birthday party for her friend of many years. He just turned 100. She had help…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Aging Parents With Alzheimer’s Disease: Reducing Your Own Risk March 29, 2018
    Fear of getting Alzheimer’s disease or dementia has overtaken fear of developing cancer among our aging population. There are numerous treatments for cancer, some offering true hope of mitigating the diseases. The same is not true for Alzheimer’s. There is still too…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
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