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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

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

Quick Tip: How to Improve Your Relationships With Your Loved Ones

Hello again, Dr. Davis here. We hope you are well in reading this.  We want to acknowledge each and every one of you who is a caregiver, either near or far from your loved one.  If you have to deal

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

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

 

It’s Not Just Our Elderly Parents We Worry About: What I Learned From My Brother’s Health Crisis

Hello, again Carolyn and Mikol here. We’ve just returned from an exhausting emergency that began with a phone call. When I picked up, the caller identified herself as a nurse at a familiar hospital. It felt as if my heart

The Smart Way to Resolve Family Fights About Your Aging Parents

We’re looking at something we know is painful: family conflicts. Sibling battles.  Arguing with your aging parent. Do you have a dispute going on in your family? As parents age, many problems can crop up among adult siblings and sometimes with

Family Conflict

Is Your Family Fighting About How to Care for Your Aging Parents? Lots of Boomer-aged siblings find themselves fighting about their aging parents. Should Mom be allowed to stay in her home, even though she’s really not safe living alone?

We Always Think We Have More Time, Aging Parents Health

Even if your loved one is in poor health, you still never think of it. No one plans for a sudden passing.  I’ve just had a shocking awakening. Our friend, colleague and I were emailing each other about a recent video product

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

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

Successfully Managing Family Conflict

Webinar on Successfully Managing Family Conflict   Hello, again.  Carolyn and Mikol here. Are holiday family gatherings stressing you out? Learn some proven ways to combat stress from Carolyn and Mikol, psychologist, nurse-lawyer team. Our free, 30 minute webinar is

Long Term Care – Comparison of Assisted Living vs Nursing Homes

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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,

“My Dad Has Dementia-He’s Being Horrible to Me!”

I’m hearing this same painful thing a lot lately. Aging parents who have “early dementia” are refusing help and verbally abusing their adult kids who are trying to help. In all these situations, the aging parent was a controlling type

Elderly Couple for 62 years – We are only as old as we feel!

An elderly couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They’ve been married for 62 years and he’ll be 90 this year. Check out this impromptu performance. We are only as old

Hidden Truths About Long Term Care Insurance

Should you or shouldn’t you? Seems as if someone is always promoting the purchase of long term care insurance. Most of us don’t want to think about getting old and needing anything like that. If we ever think about it,

A Sure-Fire Strategy To Calm Family Conflicts

We’ve all experienced them. Family conflicts can be some of the most emotionally painful of all. The struggles we have with aging parents are coming up for more of us Boomers because we are getting older. Our parents are living

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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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