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A Loved One’s Disastrous Discharge From The Hospital

We hope you are well and that none of you have to go through the experience we just had.   My brother, who had a recent stroke, had to go back to the hospital recently with an infection. They kept

Thoughts On Turning 66

Thoughts On Turning 66   66! Yikes!  Isn’t that when you’re OLD? I looked in the mirror and I didn’t see an old person, so maybe it’s a myth.   I definitely didn’t see a young person though. I had lunch

Independent Alice, 91, Finds Her Own Solution To The Too-Big House

Hello again, We hope you are doing well. We’ve been talking to Mikol’s Mom, Alice a lot lately about her house.  Now that she’s 91, she’s considering that a large sprawling house is just too much.  Sometimes, an elder stays

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

Hidden Truths About Reverse Mortgages

Who would ever think of a reverse mortgage being a form of financial elder abuse? There are some hidden dangers in these products and you need to know about them.  Unsuitable mortgages are abusive.  They are not right for some

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

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

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

Healthy Aging and My Inspiration From a 79 Year Old

Hello, again. Carolyn here.  If you’re like I am, you don’t just want to live longer, you want longevity and good health.  So, how do we get there? We all hear the advice about eating right and getting more exercise.  OK, so

Smart Ways To Talk To Aging Parents About Finances

A recent survey by the National Endowment for Financial Education found that seven in 10 adults say they have difficulty talking to their families about who will make financial decisions on behalf of an aging family member who becomes unable

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,

Son Hit with Aging Parents’ $93K Nursing Home Bill

Could this happen to you? John Pittas’ mother entered a nursing home for rehabilitation following a car crash. After she left the nursing home, she moved out of the country.  His mother’s $93,000 bill at the home was left unpaid. 

Hidden Truths About Reverse Mortgages

The ads make them look so great. Vacations, living a great lifestyle, happy couples, smiling at their good fortune. Rewards are repeated again and again. Sincere movie stars of a certain age make the commercials believable.  You can get cash

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

Healthy Aging: My Personal Story

At 63, I had retired from my first career in nursing and my second career, practicing law. I started my “encore career”, consulting with those who have aging loved ones about the legal and healthcare challenges they face. I had more

Retirement: Now You Have Time to Work Out, But Are You Motivated?

We have the “No More Excuses Plan” to get you started. Every January, millions of Americans make a resolution to lose weight, or get in shape. And every February or so, millions of them fall off the bandwagon.  The most

The Danger Of Your Aging Parent Covering Up Dementia

Jaclyn asked us for advice about her Dad, who was doing some things she didn’t understand. He had gotten lost driving home. He’s lived there for 50 years, and it seemed so odd. It’s happened more than once. And, he forgot how to

“How To Help A Dangerous Older Driver Give Up The Keys For Good”

“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” – which

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  • Longevity: Do You Really Want It? August 1, 2020
    Longevity: Do You Really Want It? Hello again, Carolyn and Mikol here. We’re thinking about longevity a lot more when we visit Mikol’s Mom, Alice who is 91. She has friends who are 96 and 98.  Still going.  Is it…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Why Aren’t Our Aging Parents Getting The Message About Financial Abuse? August 1, 2020
    By AgingParents.com©2020 By Carolyn Rosenblatt, RN, Attorney, AgingParents.com Cities and counties have educational programs. So do senior centers. Public information about financial elder abuse is offered by AARP.  And yet, we still have a $36B a year problem of money…Read more ›
    Carolyn Rosenblatt
  • Great Resource Links August 1, 2020
    Alzheimer’s Association – national voluntary organization dedicated to researching the prevention, cures, and treatments of Alzheimer’s Disease. Includes information about the disease and available services. Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support – online education, support, and resources for caregivers. Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Remembering My Father July 4, 2020
    I lost my father Joe Davis 12 years ago today. My sister Michele reminded me that Dad always stood for freedom for all of us together.
    Mikol Davis
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