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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

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

Should Your Aging Parent Try Marijuana?

Does Granny Need Weed? We recently took a vacation with Alice, Mikol’s 91 year old Mom.  Some time ago, with a chronic insomnia problem, her kids and grandkids talked her into trying medical marijuana. In CA, it’s legal to use

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

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

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

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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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