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Does retirement mean we’re getting OLD?

Ah, retirement.  Most look forward to a time of enjoyment of life and everyone wants to age successfully in retirement.  Do we ever really consider what it takes to age successfully?  It is a new responsibility that few of us

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

Can Diet Help You Live Long and Avoid Alzheimer’s?

Hello again from Carolyn and Mikol. Here’s something you may not know:  5.2 million people across this country have dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease.   We don’t know what causes it and we don’t know how to stop it.  But, there

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 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

5 Things You Should Do As Soon You Retire

Have You Planned For Increasing Your Healthy Years? Hello again, Carolyn and Mikol here.   If you’re like we are, lots of your Boomer friends are retiring, have already retired or are planning it. Being responsible, supporting a family, running

Busting The Myth That You Should Let Impaired Aging Parents Make All Their Own Decisions

I am compelled to share these stories with you, sad as they may be. I hope you can learn from the way others handled what was supposed to be doing the right thing.  Or so they thought.   Are you

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

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

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

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,

Make It Easier For Your Adult Children: A New Year’s Resolution

Only about 25% of older adults have taken the time to think about what would happen if they became incapacitated, and have filled out a healthcare directive. This seems pretty unfair to their adult children. Why put the burden on

Are Health Care Directives Worth The Paper They’re Written On?

Are Health Care Directives Worth The Paper They’re Written On?  HEALTHCARE DIRECTIVES ONLY WORK IF YOU KNOW HOW TO USE THEM    1. What is a healthcare directive anyway?   It is a legal document that a person signs, specifying

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

The Call In The Middle Of The Night

 

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

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  • Form A Plan To Visit Your Aging Parents and Still Maintain Safety May 22, 2020
    Carolyn L. Rosenblatt, R.N., Attorney, Consultant, AgingParents.com For months, most of us have been following the quarantine rules, staying at home and respecting the infectious nature of COVID-19. We know that our elders, that is, people over 65 are at…Read more ›
    Mikol Davis
  • Five Ways Nursing Homes Can Stop The Tragic Spread Of COVID-19 May 1, 2020
    COVID-19 is particularly dangerous to our nation’s most vulnerable: those living in nursing homes. In some places, a state’s death rate from the disease is about 40-50% of all deaths from this pandemic. According to the Washington Post, the World…Read more ›
    Carolyn Rosenblatt
  • Vulnerable Aging Parents? Help Them With Legal Paperwork Now March 30, 2020
    Just about everyone understands that our elders are at greater risk because of the corona virus. The facts are inescapable: risk of serious illness is worse for those over 65, especially with other medical conditions like high blood pressure as…Read more ›
    Carolyn Rosenblatt
  • Start The New Year Right With Your Aging Loved Ones January 6, 2020
    Here’s a New Year’s resolution you can adopt—keep closer tabs on your aging parents. If they’re generally doing ok, you may not think they need close monitoring. But aging is sneaky and can rob a person of the alertness needed…Read more ›
    Carolyn Rosenblatt
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